Called Eagle Resolve 2015, the exercise involves nearly 3,000 US soldiers representing the US Central Command (Centcom) headquarters and its components, as well as military representatives from more than a dozen other allied countries.
Centcom officials said the exercise consists of a week-long series of injects, which are simulated events designed to validate the ability to respond as a multinational headquarters staff, followed by tactical demonstrations of land, maritime and air forces from several nations.
Eagle Resolve, which is scheduled to conclude on 31 March, will culminate with a senior leader seminar to create an environment for commanders to discuss issues of regional interest.
Kuwait is hosting the exercise for the first time.
Exercise coordinator Kuwait Air Force assistant commander brigadier Abdullah Al-Fodari was quoted by KUNA as saying that the event aims to consolidate defence ties between the GCC and its partners in the region.
Participants will also exchange information and gain expertise in managing joint operations and coordination in various fields.
Conducted since 1999, Eagle Resolve is an annual, multilateral naval, land and air event, designed to promote cooperative regional defence capabilities.
In particular, it gives multilateral forces with the opportunity to increase proficiency, expand levels of cooperation, enhance maritime capabilities and promote long-term regional stability and interoperability.
Image: US soldiers set up M120, 120mm mortar systems in Al Galail, Qatar, during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2013. Photo: courtesy of the US Marine Corps, photo by Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings.