Finland, as a partner country, will participate in the NATO Crisis Management Exercise 2012 (CMX12) and its cyber element Cyber Coalition 2012 (CC12) on 12-16 November. CMX is NATO’s annual decision-making and consultation exercise that is open for NATO partner countries for the fifth time. Finland also took part in the previous crisis management exercises open to partner countries, which were held in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Partner countries Finland and Sweden will participate in this year’s exercise in addition to NATO allies. Besides NATO Headquarters and the NATO strategic-level military staffs, civilian and military staffs in national capitals will take part in the exercise. Participants from Finland include the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Mission of Finland to NATO in Brussels, the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Command and other authorities as needed.
Finland’s objective is to practise consultation with NATO and a partner country and cooperation between state authorities. The exercise scenario focuses on broader security threats such as terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and cyber threats, some of which will take place in the vicinity of Finland in the scenario.
Further information: Director Outi Holopainen, Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management, Political Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 9 1605 5480, Defence Policy Adviser Karoliina Honkanen, Defence Policy Unit of the Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140314, First Secretary Juha Rainne, the Mission of Finland to NATO in Brussels, tel. +32 477 696 031, and NATO Press and Media Service, tel. +32 2 707 5041