Canadian Armed Forces and Allies hone joint warfighting skills at computer-assisted Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2020

News Release / February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020 – Kingston, ON – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Allied soldiers and public partners have joined approximately 900 soldiers from across Canada to hone their warfighting skills in the Canadian Army’s premier simulation, Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2020.

From February 8 to 13, Canadian Army soldiers are using innovative technology to allow them to train together in a computer-assisted exercise from three locations across two provinces: Petawawa and Kingston, Ontario, and Valcartier, Quebec. The computer-generated scenarios include realistic simulations to test command and control capabilities. These scenarios can range from near-peer combat operations to peace support and stability operations, mirroring today’s complex security environment.

The use of computer simulation and new technology in training is a priority for the Canadian Army. Simulation allows Canadian soldiers to face challenging training scenarios that would be difficult or impossible to replicate in field exercises. Participants can test their procedures efficiently, without the resources required for a field exercise of similar scope.

The Royal Canadian Air Force will also use Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2020 as a realistic training opportunity, improving integration between air and land forces.

Quotes

“When the Government of Canada calls on us, the Canadian Army needs to be ready. We need to be ready to work in a complex and volatile environment, and we must work closely with allies and public partners to be successful. By taking advantage of computer simulation, we can efficiently validate on Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2020 that the Canadian Army is indeed ready to fight and win at the brigade level.”

Major-General Stephen Cadden, Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre

“The Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre is a capability of the Canadian Army to design and execute collective training exercises that prepare forces for the complexities of war. Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE rigorously tests leaders’ planning and decision-making, and finely tunes and reinforces the necessity of integration with government partners and allied forces. Training in simulation allows our forces to spend more time training at their home location, saving resources and maintaining readiness.”

Colonel Pierre Huet, Commander, Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre

Quick Facts

  • Locations and organizations participating:
    • Petawawa, ON (2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group)
    • Kingston, ON (1st Canadian Division Headquarters, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and Exercise Control)
    • Valcartier, QC (5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group)
  • 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group will be responsible for High Readiness from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The Road to High Readiness (RTHR) training program prepares Canadian Army soldiers to react on short notice to support international and domestic commitments. Ex UNIFIED RESOLVE is a key component of this training program.
  • Allied participation will involve 24 soldiers from the British Army, and 10 soldiers from the United States.
  • Policy advisors from Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) and a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross will participate from the Multination Division Headquarters, to rehearse integration with Other Governmental Departments and Non-Governmental Organizations to support civilian populations affected by widespread conflict.
  • Designed and developed by the Wainwright, Alberta-based Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, the exercise provides Canadian Army soldiers, leaders, and other CAF/DND personnel a unique opportunity to enhance their combat readiness.
  • As outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, participation in this exercise ensures Canadian Army soldiers are ready to be mobilized as a brigade to respond to crises through the conduct of the full spectrum of operations alongside Canada’s close allies and partners.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-904-3333
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

Lieutenant Matthew Howse
CMTC Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 780-261-0147
Email: matthew.howse@forces.gc.ca

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