NATO

NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) will train and prepare the Commanders and staff assigned to Headquarters ISAF IX for the successful conduct of their mission, which will run from 03-15 March 2006 at its Ulsnes Training Facility. The Mission Rehearsal Training (MRT) will aim at developing the operational awareness and staff processes of Headquarters ISAF IX and will comprise the following training blocks: Individual Training, Key Leader Training, Mission Specific Training, Functional Area Training, Battle Staff Training, Mission Rehearsal Exercise and Counterpart Training.

NATO's British-led Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC), who will lead ISAF IX in 2006, will be the core training audience during the training event. Joining NATO's Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation within the Exercise Control structure will be representatives from the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command and Ministry of Defence elements from Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and United States.

NATO assumed leadership of the ISAF mission in August 11, 2003. Under the auspices of the United Nations mandate, the ISAF mission is to assist the Government of Afghanistan to provide a stable and secure environment in the country. HQ ARRC will be the sixth NATO-led headquarters to deploy to Afghanistan in May for a nine-month rotation. The deployment comes at a key stage with the NATO decision to expand its area of operations to the southern and subsequently eastern regions of the country. NATO's continued expansion demonstrates its nations' continuing long-term commitment to stability and security for the Afghan people. Currently under ISAF command there are more than 8,000 soldiers from 36 countries.