About 3,000 American troops will participate in an exercise in Kuwait this month aimed at strengthening coordination among Persian Gulf allies.
Eagle Resolve 2015 continues a series of exercises hosted by members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and conducted with international allies. It is the first since GCC nations joined in U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group last year and the first hosted by Kuwait.
U.S. defense officials have said the exercise is not related to current operations and that planning began in January last year.
The exercise tests a combined military headquarters through various “injects,” or fictional military scenarios. It will include tactical demonstrations of air, maritime and land forces and finish with a seminar for senior military leaders.
The exercise will involve representatives from the headquarters of U.S. Central Command, which planned the exercise, and American theater commanders for land, maritime and air forces. Marines from the USS Fort McHenry will conduct training with participant forces.