Russia, NATO holding simulated computer-based exercise

The Russia-NATO Council is holding the Vigilant Skies 2012 simulated computer-based exercise on November 13-14 under the Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI), the NATO Brussels headquarters reports.

The exercise tests the NATO-Russia Council's Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI) Information Exchange System (IES) over three CAI geographical areas of operational interest, Bodo - Murmansk, Warsaw - Kaliningrad and Ankara - Rostov-on-Don. Exercise Directors from NATO and the Russian Federation positioned in the CAI coordination centers in Warsaw and Moscow are in charge of the exercise.

The exercise aims to test and consolidate CAI IES processes, procedures and capabilities. It builds on the achievements of previous CAI exercises and workshops and will help to build towards a possible live exercise in 2013 over the Black Sea area. The project is financed by the participating NATO nations and the Russian Federation.

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