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Bilateral Exercise Keen Edge 2024 Begins

24-002 | Jan. 31, 2024


YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - The U.S. military and the Japan Self Defense Forces began conducting a bilateral command post exercise Keen Edge 24, with the participation of Australian Defence Force beginning Feb. 1, 2024.

The exercise, which will run until Feb. 8, is the latest in a series of joint/multilateral command post exercises designed to increase our integrated joint operational capability, refine command and control procedures, and enhance interoperability of all participants.

This year’s iteration of Keen Edge will also include greater synchronization with the U.S. Space Command and U.S. Cyber Command, expanding the multi-domain collaboration that is incumbent on any large-scale exercise or operation.

Keen Edge is part of the annual U.S.-Japan exercise series that alternates between field training exercises (Keen Sword) and command post exercises. During Keen Edge 24, Japanese, U.S. and Australian headquarters staffs will employ computer simulations to practice responses in the event of a crisis or contingency.

For more information, contact the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Public Affairs Office at pacom.pao.duty@navy.mil, (808) 477-1341.