The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has described the War Colleges of the Army, Navy and Airforce as veritable assets who always come in handy in developing plans and strategies that enables optimization of available operational resources towards achieving national military objectives. Speaking at the opening of the second Joint Operations Planning Exercise for the Services War Colleges in Abuja code named ‘Exercise Sky Lock 2022”, the CDS commended the war colleges are sustaining the ideals of Joint Operation Planning Exercises (JOPEX) noting that it will surely institutionalize a culture of joint planning, training and collective efforts in security operations.
According to him, “The idea of the JOPEX for the war colleges was conceived in order to enhance jointness among the services during planning and execution phases of operations. “This second edition of the exercise which is built around contemporary, realistic and real-time security events in Nigeria and beyond marks the culmination of several months of significant efforts made towards developing the skills of participants of the 3 war colleges in operational art, operational design and decision-making process, amongst others.
“It is certainly another milestone in the professional military education trajectory of the Nigerian military in the quest to properly equip our officers for present and future assignments. Continuing the CDS said, “As think tanks of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the war colleges are indeed the laboratories and incubation centers for the production of military operational level plans as well as for measurement of performance and effectiveness of subsisting plans with a view to revising them for enhanced effectiveness.
“To this end, the product of this Joint Operations Planning Exercise will form part of the military strategic decisions for some ongoing and future operations. This underscores the significance of this exercise and the resources committed to its actualization.