George1 Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:09 am
Joint Staff of Collective Security Treaty Organisation is 15 years of age
The 15th anniversary of foundation of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation is celebrated on 28 April 2018.
The CSTO Joint Staff, being a permanent working body of the Organisation, is responsible for drafting proposals relating to the military component of the CSTO.
The CSTO Joint Staff is tasked with the formation, operation and employment of the CSTO Collective Forces (Troops), the preparation and holding jointly with the defence departments of the Organization member states of joint operational and combat training events, military technical cooperation, coordination of joint training of personnel and specialists for the Armed Forces of the CSTO member states.
The CSTO Joint Staff made a great contribution to the development of normative legal documents aimed at creating and developing all components of the collective security system.
For 15 years, the CSTO Joint Staff has played an organizational and coordinating role in forming the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF), Collective Rapid Deployment Force (CRDF), Peacekeeping Force (PKF) and Collective Aviation Force (CAF). The total strength of the multilateral CSTO Collective forces is over 26,000 servicemen.
Since 1 January 2018, the CSTO Joint Staff has been operating with the new staff list. The principle of coalition guidance has been implemented. The Chief of the Joint Staff is appointed from the Russian Federation. Three Deputy Chiefs of the Joint Staff and two Chiefs of its Directorates are appointed from the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Tajikistan. The new staff list includes specialists of the Arms and Special Troops, including the Aviation, Air Defence, Reconnaissance, Signal Communications, RChBD, Engineer Troops, EW and Topographic Services.
The CSTO Crisis Response Centre has become a new structural unit of the Joint Staff and an important element of the Organization’s collective security system. It is intended for organisational, information-analytical and information-technologial support of the CSTO statutory and working bodies in the interests of timely decision-making aimed at ensuring security, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the CSTO member states within the framework of the crisis response.
The main annual event of operational and combat training of the CSTO Collective Forces is the joint operational-strategic exercise ‘Combat Brotherhood’. In the framework of this large-scale exercise, the territory of the Central Asian collective security area covering the territories of four states is planned to be used for conducting from September to November this year: the strategic command post training for the operational groups of ministries and departments of the CSTO member states, the tactical special exercise ‘Search- 2018’ with the forces and means of reconnaissance services and units of the CSTO member states, the command post exercise with the CSTO CAF ‘Air Bridge-2018’, the command post exercise ‘Cooperation 2018’ with the Command of the CSTO CRRF military contingents, the joint tactical exercise "Line-2018" with the CSTO CRDF units and the joint exercise ‘Inviolable Brotherhood-2018’ with the CSTO Peacekeeping Force.
In 2017, the joint operational-strategic exercise "Combat Brotherhood-2017’ involved about 12,000 troops, over 2,000 pieces of armaments, military and special equipment, and more than 140 aircraft.