New Delhi, May 15 : Exercise Aman Sena, an elaborate multinational table top exercise on Integrated United Nations Peace Support Operations conceptualized by Integrated Defence Staff, will be conducted at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad for officers of the Armed Forces from 17 countries including India from May 21 to 29.
Rajya Raksha Mantri MM Pallam Raju will 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 aim of the exercise is to streamline and formalize joint planning and conduct of UN mandated multi-dimensional 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 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 multi-dimensional 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.