Technology and cyber top-of-mind during civil-military cooperation exercise

Canadian Army·Thursday, August 23, 2018

 

By Second Lieutenant Natalia Flynn, Army Public Affairs

Quebec City, Quebec — Reservist civil-military affairs specialists from 14 nations came together in early August 2018 for the seventh annual CIMEX (Civil-Military Cooperation Exercise), a hands-on training event that kicked off the 2018 Summer Congress of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve and Medical Reserve Officers (CIOR/CIOMR).

For the first time in 28 years, Canada hosted this NATO-endorsed association of Reserve professionals from NATO member countries, Partnership for Peace Programme and non-member nations. The 2018 CIMEX was also the first to be given official status as a NATO training event.

The role of civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) specialists is to help enable more effective cooperation between the military and civilian worlds to the benefit of both. CIMIC specialists meet with civilian leaders of communities in which they deploy to share information and determine the needs and capabilities of the local populace. They then advise their military commanders on effective ways to work with civilian government and non-government organizations during a mission.

Advanced technologies in humanitarian assistance

For three days, CIMEX participants applied their expertise as advisors to their respective militaries on how to best use advanced technologies in humanitarian assistance and disaster response scenarios. Senior officers shared best practices and discussed their experiences of working in challenging environments with multiple players. The exercise concluded with presentations of team-developed solutions for a mock crisis scenario.

Highlights of the teamwork component included trialing virtual battle space technology, led by technicians from the 2nd Canadian Division Simulation Centre at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier. CIMEX participants travelled through a three-dimensional representation of the crisis area via unmanned aerial vehicles and other modes of air and ground transportation to survey the terrain for which they were responsible.

Realistic overview

“Virtual battle space technology offers a much more realistic overview of what is happening on the ground during a crisis, which enables users to have a more accurate picture of the situation and make better decisions,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Lessard, Commanding Officer of 35 Combat Engineer Regiment.

Participants were challenged in discussions about the cyber domain and its growing impact on CIMIC. Cyber operators are a relatively new trade in the Canadian Armed Forces. They can expect to face misinformation tactics, hacking and other electronic threats while working with communications infrastructure, which plays a central role in effectively coordinating humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.

– Reserves are the perfect candidates

Lieutenant-Colonel Norman White, lead Canadian Army planner for CIMEX, was impressed with the collaborative spirit of the exercise and the quality of the plans produced by the teams. “Reservists are the perfect candidates for this type of work, as they often bring a tremendous body of experience with them from their civilian work lives that is very applicable,” he said.

Major Holly Cookson of the United States Air Force Reserve, and a long-time CIMEX planning committee member, said that members’ civilian work experience not only benefits their military occupation, but lessons learned with international military peers during events such as CIMEX can transfer to one’s civilian career as well.

 

CIOR/CIOMR Summer Congress 2018

CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress 2018

Start: 2018-08-05 | End: 2018-08-10
Location: Quebec City CANADA

The Quebec City Summer Congress registration website can be found here.

We wish to welcome you and all CIOR and CIOMR members to Quebec City for what promises to be an unforgettable experience in a beautiful environment.

At this point we urge everyone who plans on attending to book their hotels as soon as possible as the closing date for the preferred rate and guarantee of room availability is 15 May. The congress and hotel bookings are being managed in keeping with Canadian Financial Administration Act guidelines.

Under the “accommodations” tab, you will find the various hotel options. The Delta Marriott is the central hotel where all activities EXCEPT YROW/ CIMEX/ MILCOMP are scheduled, the links connects you directly to the booking site with the CIOR preferred rate.

The Concorde Hotel is the site for YROW. The link will take you to the Concorde’s website for information purposes however you need to call them at 1.800.463.5256 or email them at info@hotelleconcorde.com and quote Promotion Code 605456 to get the CIOR rate..

Only CIMEX will be staying in military accommodations at Pointe-a-Carcy, and this is only for the duration of the CIMEX. Clicking on that link will download a document that describes the different types of room and their prices. Reservations can be made by calling 1.418.694.5560 ext 5447 or via email to Katherine.gadbois@forces.gc.ca

CIMIC Committee members staying on for the Congress must also register for the Summer Congress and change hotel on Sunday the 5th. The challenge of gaining access to the world class training facilities at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec, and the surrounding establishments is the delicate balance of ensuring that the requisite support to the congress and competitions is provided without disturbing the access to facilities for the resident brigade which is in the high readiness window. The effect of this is a prioritization of access to military quarters for Canadian Forces personnel supporting the congress and competition. The limited space available using military facilities has been prioritized for the CIOR competition members as well as those participating in the CIMEX.

Lastly, MILCOMP do not need to book accommodations for staff and competitors as they will be lodged on the base at Valcartier. However, any MILCOMP family members have to stay off base. If this is necessary, there are several good hotels available nearby in the suburb of Ste-Foy which is strategically located between the base and the old city, and the rates are reasonable.

Reading the “joining instructions” available on the website prior to making any bookings is highly recommended. They contain information which will be useful to you and will alleviate many of your questions and concerns.

We look forward to hosting you all.

CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress 2017

CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress 2017

Start: 2018-02-08 | End: 2018-02-10
Location: NATO HQ, Brussels

Summer Congress: 30JULY-05AUGUST 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

The 70th International CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress will take place in Prague from July 30th to August 5th 2017.

Registration can be done through www.cior2017.cz – however, if you want to get information now, please have a look at the attached documents as these will provide you with a detailed program.

The CIOR 2016 Madrid Summer Congress is underway

The CIOR 2016 Madrid Summer Congress is underway

Start: 2016-08-01 | End: 2016-08-08 Location: Spain

The 69th CIOR/CIOMR Summer Congress will be held in Spain, in the first week of august. Exact dates and times on cior.es

“This link does NOT apply to US CIOR Summer Congress 2016 attendees. ALL US Delegation members (Delegates, Delegates-at-Large, and guests) MUST register for the CIOR Congress on the ROA US website – www.roa.org.”

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