Following the recent deployment to Afghanistan a Mission Exploitation Exercise Seminar, Ex ARRCADE EXPLOIT, was held on 13th March at Imjin Barracks, Gloucester. The aim of the seminar was to look at the lessons of the deployment and how might HQ ARRC adapt its structure and processes. Also discussed is where the ARRC is heading which was achieved by developing views from across defence on the utility and role of the ARRC within NATO and for the UK.
More than 200 staff and guests attended the day-long seminar, which stimulated discussion and varied
debate across the key topics of where the ARRC has been, where it’s going and what that means for HQ ARRC.
ARRC staff listen to a presentation during Ex ARRCADE
A number of external speakers presented updates on a wide range of subjects including; Lessons from
Libya, views from the UK MoD on post
Libya operations and the role of the ARRC in
UK defence and UK Army re-structuring and the implications for HQ ARRC.
Some of the key lessons following the deployment were discussed during the day. These included: Influence, Interoperability, Inclusivity, Assessments, HQ structures and processes and Command Support Team.
Commander of the ARRC, Lieutenant General James Bucknall closed the seminar by identifying key areas that the ARRC would conduct additional development on. These included: ensuring the ARRC remains relevant and usable, recognising how the operational environment is changing and what that
Lieutenant General James Bucknall, Commander
of the ARRC, oulined additional development
areas for the ARRC.
means for likely tasks for the ARRC, understanding those potential tasks and developing a more integrated HQ by generating closer working relationships with Air, Maritime and Special Operations Forces.
The lessons identified and the views generated during the seminar will now be used to influence the development of the structure and processes of HQ ARRC as the headquarters prepares to take over the Land Component Command element of the NATO Response Force in January 2013.