Peace & Stability Journal Volume 7, Issue 1 - Page 35

PKSOI Participates in CENTCOM 15 th Annual Regional Security Cooperation Exercise on Peacekeeping and Stabilization For the fourth year in a row, PKSOI participated in the Region- al Cooperation (RC) exercise that trains a multinational brigade in a simulated peacekeeping environment. The event has been held in rotating locations since 2001. U.S. Central Command hosted this year’s exercise (RC16) from September 16-29, at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts. Pakistan served as the lead nation. Next year’s exercise will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The purpose of the exercise is to promote cooperation and joint combined capabilities among U.S., Central and South Asian (CASA) States and other participating nations. The goal is threefold: 1) to achieve enhanced regional security and stability; 2) to develop professional regional defense forces with the capability to participate in international peace opera- tions; and 3) to enable effective information sharing in a multi- national environment. 33