The Asia-Pacific Exercise Rotation series includes Fortune Guard 22, which is being conducted by the PSI. The exercise will bring together 21 countries to discuss a wide variety of issues concerning the interdiction of activities related to the counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These issues will range from whole-of-government rapid decision making to operational interdiction, seizure, and disposition. Expert briefings, a scenario-based tabletop debate, a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear response subject-matter expert information exchange, and live exercises to show capabilities to intercept weapons of mass destruction will be included in Fortune Guard 22.
The United States started the Asia-Pacific Exercise Rotation series in 2014, and Fortune Guard is the name of the United States’ participation in that series. Pacific Protector is held in Australia, Pacific Shield is held in Japan, Maru is held in New Zealand, Deep Sabre is held in Singapore, and Eastern Endeavor is held in the Republic of Korea. Each of the nations that host the Asia-Pacific Exercise Rotation conducts their own exercises.
These exercises are part of the Asia-Pacific Exercise Rotation (APER).
The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) was founded in 2003 with the goal of preventing or impeding the flow of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, and other associated materials to and from states and non-state entities of proliferation concern. To this day, the PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles has received endorsement from 107 states. By doing so, they have pledged to establish simplified processes for timely information sharing, enhance relevant national and international laws and frameworks, and take effective steps to interdict transactions connected to WMD in accordance with national law and international commitments.
The United States of America strongly encourages the remaining non-endorsers to join the PSI and provide their support by endorsing it.