Representatives of the Ministry of National Defence, Lithuanian Armed Forces and other institutions and the Allies are training at international Exercise Coherent Resilience 2023 organized by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE) on November 13-17 in Riga, Latvia. The table-top exercise focuses on strengthening the resilience of the energy infrastructure in the Baltic Sea against cyber threats.
“Lithuania and the Allies are conscious about the severe necessity to ensure protection of the energy infrastructure in the Baltic Sea, especially with the current security situation in the region in mind. The exercise is particularly relevant for the times, it is an invaluable opportunity to collaborate to troubleshoot vulnerabilities and improve resilience and readiness for any threat,” said Vice Minister of National Defence Žilvinas Tomkus at DV Day Friday.
Exercise Coherent Resilience 2023 pulls together over a hundred participants from international organisations and public agencies and enterprises of 14 countries. Experts of four subject-matter areas, namely, critical infrastructure security, crisis management, admiralty law and strategic communication, team up looking for solutions.
Experts follow a fictitious but realistic exercise scenario working to enhance international cooperation and collective defence against emerging threats. It aligns with the NATO collective defence guidelines and ensures a comprehensive analysis of feasible challenges. The NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius co-organizes the exercise with the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) with assistance of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Exercise findings are scrupulously recorded and assessed to subsequently serve as a basis for a revision, development and improvement of procedures and work methods critical for energy security.
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