Twenty two students and staff from the University of Exeter made the journey to RAF St Mawgan to observe the Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) deployed on Exercise ARRCADE FUSION, 14 November 2014.
The post-graduate students are studying a range of political, civil, military, and diplomatic relations topics at Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute.
One aim of their visit was to see how policy at the strategic level begins to take shape in an operational headquarters in order to be implemented at a tactical level. Walking the ground and seeing how planning is conducted in this multinational headquarters allowed students to ask questions of experienced civil and military personnel.
ARRC has a longstanding relationship with the university programme, including fellowship opportunities and visits. One of the advantages working at the ARRC is its academic environment that links theory with practice on a daily basis.
The visitors toured the exercise HQ and were given briefings by the Engineer Military Civil Interaction Branch, Joint Fires and Influence Branch, Plans, and Exercise Control.
ARRC receives many visits due it being a leader in innovation, manned by a wide variety of NATO military and civilian professionals, providing the expertise and perspective required to conduct complex operations.