NATO will conduct its regular Crisis Management Exercise (CMX) between 4-10 March 2010 Exercise conduct was delayed from earlier in 2009 due to the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit. The exercise is designed to practice Alliance crisis management procedures at the strategic political level and will involve civilian and military staffs in national capitals, at NATO Headquarters, and in both Strategic Commands. Unlike a live exercise, however, no forces are actually deployed for the purpose of these exercises.


The scenario for the exercise is fictitious. The portrayed crisis will focus on a security situation beyond the Euro-Atlantic area that is progressively deteriorating, featuring an ongoing NATO-led multi-national crisis response operation, a humanitarian crisis and terrorism.


Sponsored by NATO’s Secretary General, CMX 2009 is jointly run by the International Staff, the International Military Staff and the two NATO Strategic Commands, Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation. This is NATO’s 16th CMX since the end of the Cold War.


All 28 NATO Allies have been involved in planning CMX 2009. NATO Partner nations have joined the planning process for CMX 2009 and will participate in the exercise, including Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Ukraine, as well as Mediterranean Dialogue partner Israel. Staffs from the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross also participate in the exercise.


For further information, please contact the NATO Press and Media Service in Brussels.
Tel. +32 2 707 50 41; Fax: +32 27 07 50 57