2019.13. Command Post Exercise (CPX) in Force HQ of UN Peacekeeping Missions (English)
The Command Post Exercise (CPX) in Force Headquarters of UN Peacekeeping Missions Handbook aims at providing information that will contribute to the understanding of the functioning of the Force HQ in crisis situations in a United Nations field mission to include organization, management and working of Military Component activities in the field. The information contained in this Handbook will be of interest to the Head of Military Component/ Force Commander, Deputy Force Commander and Force Chief of Staff. The information will also be of value to all military staff in the Force Headquarters and will provide greater awareness to the Mission Leadership Team. Furthermore, it will help facilitate systematic military planning. Peacekeeping operations have evolved to adapt and adjust to hostile environments, to the emergence of asymmetric threats and complex operational challenges that require a concerted multidimensional approach and credible response mechanisms to keep the peace process on track. Military component, in United Nations peacekeeping missions play a vital and pivotal role in protecting, preserving and facilitating a safe, secure and stable environment for all other components and stakeholders to function effectively. However, one of the consequences of the Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers was an action plan with several proposals to improve the security of Peacekeepers. At Headquarters level one of the proposed actions was “Develop an In-Mission Training program to strengthen the military decision-making process of military staff officers. The challenge of such an In-Mission Training is immense. The operational environment in each mission is different, the officers are coming from countries of all continents, the scope of each mission and the background of the officers is diverse. Therefore In-Mission Training, procedures of staff work in Headquarters should be standardized and trained; and should be in synch with respective FHQ SOPs. The CPX Handbook is design to provide the basic structure to plan, organize, conduct and evaluate an exercise within a FHQ, including the implementation of Lessons Identified (LI). It may also be used for CPX within Sector Headquarters , Brigade Headquarters and Battalion Headquarters.
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