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Successful exercise: Multinational Wargaming Resilient Medical Interface

Successful exercise: Multinational Wargaming Resilient Medical Interface

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The Multinational Medical Coordination Centre/ European Medical Command (MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility) has successfully demonstrated its operational capability with the exercise "Resilient Medical Interface (REMI'21)".

A hungarian soldier and a Belgian soldier discuss a manuscript

The preparation of a wargaming takes months. Tasks and solution approaches have to be developed for different possible actions. They have to be flexible enough to be adapted to the respective performance level.

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The MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility has proven that it can support and thus relieve its member nations as well as NATO and the EU by providing coordination services in a multinational environment. Colonel (NLD) Jürgen Muntenaar, MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility Deputy Director for NATO Affairs notes, "In providing support and coordination, we work not only with the individual nations, but also with EU and NATO military and civilian services."

Facilitator for experts and service providers

During REMI'21, possible medical service crises or incidents, some of which may cause supranational medical or paramedical hazards, were simulated at various locations on the European continent together with the respective nations. Examples of such crises are accidents with increased numbers of wounded or outbreaks of transmissible pathogens.

"In doing so, we try to provide the affected nations with appropriate stakeholders or service providers with the help of our network of experts," says MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility Deputy Director for EU Affairs, Colonel (FRA) Thierry Lanteri.

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Multinational evaluation team provides evidence of operational readiness

During the four days of the hybrid exercise, the various processes of emergency medical response were played out with the participating nations and the relevant EU/NATO agencies. As in reality, tasks had to be carried out individually, in conjunction with each other or building on each other. This highlighted the various coordination and support capabilities of the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility, with a focus on the Situation Centre.

Situation Centre as an instrument for bundling capabilities

A soldier is sitting at a computer with two monitors. On one monitor an aircraft can be seen

In the simulation room, the answers for the various tasks are prepared and played in at the right time to give the training participants realistic practice in the situation centre.


As an instrument for structured processing, the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility uses a situation centre, the "Situation Centre". Lieutenant Colonel Alexander J., head of the Situation Centre, reveals "If the complexity of a task requires the involvement of several MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility departments or if the fulfilment of the task is very time-critical, the SitCen is activated." There, the required information is collected, evaluated and the necessary coordination measures are initiated. By pooling all the capabilities of the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility and integrating its network of experts, the aim is to react quickly to the needs of individual member nations or NATO and EU institutions.

International reservists as an integral part

The reservists from Great Britain, Belgium, France and Germany were fully integrated into the exercise process, the exercise structures and the team. This gave them a comprehensive insight into the planning and coordination processes in crisis scenarios with cross-border threats. With almost 20% of the total exercise personnel, it once again became clear how great the importance of reservists is also on an international level. "The fact that we are not only able to work multinationally with active soldiers, but also to integrate international reservists from different areas into our team in such a short time, speaks for our Standard Operating Instructions (SOIs), the commitment of our reservists and our joint flexibility," said the Director of the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility, Surgeon General Dr. Stefan Kowitz, proudly about the interest and the very good cooperation.

In addition to the final work for the exercise, which is considered an important milestone for the full operational readiness of the MMCC/EMCelectromagnetic compatibility, planning for the next wargaming in April 22 is already underway in the background.

by Rico Maderthoner

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