The Vikings are here!

02/04/2014 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment


Today marks the start of “Viking 2014”. The website says “VIKING 14 is a training platform designed to prepare civilians, military and police together for deployment to a peace or crisis response mission area. The exercise is multidimensional, multifunctional and multinational, with an emphasis on realism and current operational concepts.”




Elsewhere, it says “the VIKING 14 exercise is a multinational, multidisciplinary exercise …. to train and educate participants to meet the challenges of contemporary and future peace operations and crisis management.”

What this means is that, for a couple of days, military, police and NGO personnel work together on a ficticious peace-keeping operation, testing the coordination of the military and humanitarian operations.


A VIKING collage

A VIKING collage

VIKING 14 takes place in five countries, including Ireland, from 31 March to 10 April 2014 and it is the seventh such event, in a series which started in 1999. The headquarters of the exercise is in Sweden and participants are coordinated via a teleconferencing. This year, 2500 people from 50 countries are participating, at exercise sites in Sweden, Ireland, Serbia, Bulgaria and Georgia. 15% of those participating are civilians.  Several Dóchas members are taking part, and Dóchas staff will play the role of the local NGO coordination body.

Viking is a Command Component Exercise, i.e. the training of middle and senior management. It involves UN-mission headquarters, with a full complement of staff functions, Governmental Organizations, UN agencies and NGO and NATO military components as well as a European Union battle group. The exercise scenario is conducted in an environment based on a UN mandated Chapter VII mandate. VIKING is the largest civil-military exercise in the world, with representatives from the highest levels of different authorities.

The Swedish Armed Forces are operating a blog, keeping people informed of progress of the exercise, which includes its own fictitious TV news channel, TV16.

Also read:

Dóchas discussion document on civil-military cooperation (2005)

Concepts of Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC)

The peacebuilding dilemma: civil-military cooperation in stability operations (2006)

Trends and Challenges in humanitarian civil-military coordination (2012)

Civil-military cooperation in multinational and international operations (2007)

What is United Nations humanitarian civil-military cooperation?

– Guidelines on The Use of Foreign Military and Civil Defence Assets in Disaster Relief – Oslo Guidelines (2007)


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