New Delhi,15 May:CONCEPTUAL EXERCISE ON UNITED NATIONS MANDATE PROGRAMME Exercise AMAN SENA, an elaborate multinational table top exercise on Integrated UN Peace Support Operations will be conducted at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad for officers of the Armed Forces from 17 countries including India from 21 to 29 May 2008. The aim of the exercise is to streamline and formalize joint planning and conduct of UN mandated multidimensional and integrated Peace Support Operations. The exercise is a sequel to Exercise Emerald Mercury, a joint Indo-UK Command Post exercise held at Secunderabad in 2005 and Exercise SHANTI SENA held at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in 2006. A large number of senior Defence officers both serving and retired with rich experience in the conduct of peace support operations as well as civilian experts will interact with and deliver talks to the participants during the exercise.
In a world torn as under by both internal and external strife, the United Nations play an important role by providing multidimensional assistance to affected Nations through rapid deployment, mission support and material facilitation.
India has been a major contributor to Peace Keeping Operations of the United Nations. The first commitment was in the UN mission in Korea in 1950 and since then nearly 90,000 troops have been part of 43 UN Peace Keeping Missions spanning four continents. Presently approximately 8000 Indian troops are deployed in Peace Keeping duties.
Shri MM Pallam Raju, the Honourable Rajya Raksha Mantri is likely to inaugurate the exercise and address the participants while the three Service Chiefs, the Defence Secretary and associated GOC-in-C’s and their equivalents from the three Services are likely to be present during the proceedings.
The exercise has been conceptualized by HQ Integrated Defence Staff and will be steered by the College of Defence Management.