By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
Sixty-seven (67) military officers from 13 African nations, studying the Senior Division course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), have embarked on a 5-day activity codenamed Combined Joint African Exercise (CJAX), as part of a two weeks study on Peace Operations.
The Senior Division annual course, trains GAFCSC students at Peace Operations, which starts with the nature of conflicts in Africa and on attendant deployments, such as planning, coordinating and deploying in Peace Operations, after which the tutored practice the theory through the CJAX, which started from Monday, June 3 and ends on Friday, 7 June, 2019, in collaboration with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
The Peace Operations study, is an exercise agreed upon by members of an association called the Conference of African Commandants of Staff Colleges, which started the exercises in 2007, stopped in 2010 and resumed in the year 2014, hence experts across Africa participate in observing the moves, as GAFCSC returns the favour to some African Staff Colleges.
Observers from Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with selected personnel from Ghanaian security agencies such as the Police Service, Immigration Service, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, National Fire Service and some Ministries Departments and Agencies, are also participating.
The students for the Senior Command and Staff comprise of 40 from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and 27 from Armed Forces from Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia.
The students are using the period to practice at all the levels of Command from the Grand Strategic, down to Tactical, hence the exercise on Monday, June 3rd, 2019, was at the Grand Strategic level, which was an enactment of a United Nations Security Council meeting, to discuss crisis in a certain fictional country called Karana.
The next day’s session involved the Military Strategic Level – the Deployment of a Mission to Karana, from which they moved down to the Operational Level, to discuss what the Force that is deployed would do, at the Tactical Level, as they also embarked on some Tactical Analysis to test Quick Decision Making.
The Facilitators for the CJAX are former Deputy Force Commander in Rwanda and former Deputy Head of the African Union (AU) UN hybrid Mission in Sudan – Major General (Maj Gen) Anyidoho (rtd), former Deputy Force Commander in Liberia – Maj Gen Carl Mode (rtd), General Felli (rtd), Gen Kusi (rtd) and experts from KAIPTC.