PANAMAX 22 (PMX22) is a U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) sponsored biannual multinational exercise that started in 2003 with initial participants being Chile, Panama, and the United States. Since its inception, it has evolved to become the region’s largest coalition command post exercise.
Transitioning from a theater army to a multinational force headquarters is complex, deliberate, and challenging. During PMX22, multiple partner nations (PNs) led functional component commands in combined and joint operations. Coming together as a team required identifying, then leveraging the specific and unique capabilities of each partner and service component. The exercise’s scenario provided the opportunity for Multinational Force South (MNFS) to integrate and employ components and PN forces to train together in a common defense to stabilize the strategically important Panama Canal region and defend its approaches.
The PANAMAX series of exercises are built to enhance relationships, promote mutual military readiness, improve interoperability, and to establish the foundation for lasting integrated deterrence with select PNs across the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility to confront common threats and challenges.
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