This US Army Pacific-sponsored exercise, which involves approximately 1,000 US and 850 Indonesian Army Soldiers, enhances combined interoperability capabilities through training and cultural exchange.
"This exercise continues to solidify the US-Indonesia Major Defense Partnership and advances cooperation in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region," stated the US Embassy in Jakarta in a press release on Monday.
Garuda Shield 2021 provides excellent opportunities for professional and cultural exchanges that strengthen our partnership through shared learning and training.
Training commences with expert academic exchanges and professional development workshops that focus on training at the corps-level and below; combat against conventional, unconventional and hybrid threats; and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The command post exercise (CPX) will focus on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operation staff tasks in a combined military setting.
A field training exercise (FTX) will involve company-strength elements from each nation exercising combined, fundamental war-fighting skills to enhance interoperability and combined operational capacity.
The CPX and FTX will run concurrently.