The United States, along with forces from partner nations, have joined the Arab Republic of Egypt for Exercise Bright Star 2021, which kicked off with an opening ceremony at Mohamed Naguib Military Base on 2 September.
A total of 21 countries are taking part in this year’s Bright Star exercise, which concludes on 16 September. Arab countries participating besides Egypt are Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia. The exercise also includes other African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. This is in addition to Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Greece, the United Kingdom, France and Pakistan.
The US Embassy in Egypt said the exercise will build off the success of Bright Star 2018. Approximately 600 US military personnel are participating in the exercise, which was originally scheduled for 2020, but postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
“This exercise is an important professional development tool to test and validate concepts, procedures, and tactics. More broadly, they enable militaries to grow capabilities, and prepare to quickly respond to demanding crisis situations,” said Major General Steven J deMilliano, Director of Exercises and Training Directorate, United States Central Command.
The scenario for this year will test each country’s ability to work together to address regional challenges across air, land, sea and cyber domains. The exercise construct will consist of a field training exercise with a combined-arms live-fire exercise, command post exercise and a senior leader seminar to facilitate information sharing from the tactical to the strategic levels.
The first Bright Star exercise took place in 1980 with this year being the 17th iteration.