Civil Military Cooperation
Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC)
CIMIC is a Universal Access Committee (UAC), which operates within a mandate and the CIOR by-laws in terms of Art. 18.104.22.168.
The Committee must provide advice from CIOR’s perspective, on the best utilization of Reservists within the scope of CIMIC, and act as a think tank and forum for discussions regarding Reserve and CIMIC matters. The Committee must act as a group of subject matter experts (SMEs) and be prepared to give advice to all relevant stakeholders.
The CIMIC Committee has focussed on a CIMIC exercise (CIMEX) as the main product in the last years. The Committee has also undertaken to establish and maintain relationships with the CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) and the Multi National CIMIC Group (MNCG).
The first CIMEX was held in 2012. It is intended that this will be an annual output planned by the CIMIC Committee, with a country providing a framework for delivering the content. The UK is the framework nation for delivering the content for 2012, 2013, 2014. The CIOR Congress host country provides the logistics support. In 2015 and 2016, most of the framework was done by the CIMIC Committee and its network. The next CIMEX will be CIMEX 17. The aim of CIMEX is to encourage networking, information sharing, identifying best practice, and provide a degree of education.
— For the invitation to CIMEX 2017 as well as a short overview, please refer to the documents provided for download at the bottom of the page —
CCOE & MNCG
The CIMIC Committee has established a relationship with both of these organisations; it is the intention that this relationship is maintained on an annual basis.
The CIMIC Committee will continue to support all CIOR Council themes, in terms of brainstorming and providing advice on CIMIC and Reserve related matters. For example the on-going work to improve the Employer/Reserve relationship.
The CIMIC Committee will continue to stay informed of developing trends and requirements. For example the trend amongst nations to combine all influence operations activities like CIMIC, PSYOPS, Media, Culture, etc., into one organisation. There is a need to develop CIMIC and Stabilisation competence in areas like Humanitarian Operations and response to Natural Disasters; and a need to focus on upstream prevention measures in an effort to resolve or mitigate conflict before it develops. These needs are identified as being relevant to overseas and homeland operations. In support of this, the Committee will work to identify and develop tangible outputs.
The requirement for CIMIC and Stabilisation trained personnel within all nations’ armed forces is increasing, both in terms of breadth and depth of training. The CIMIC Committee aims to keep in line with this, and will direct its resources to provide support and advice where it can. In order to do this, the Committee needs relevant and experienced members from NATO and PfP countries, who are able to provide added value to the Committee and its outputs.
(As of August 2016)