Four thousand Indonesian and American troops are set to begin a two-week joint military exercise today, and this will become the most extensive “Garuda Shield” military drill to date. 

The Garuda Shield is a joint exercise to enhance and enrich the jungle warfare ability of both armies. The 2-week drills usually happen in Indonesia, taking advantage of various terrains in the region. The ongoing effort started in 2007 and is being sponsored by the US military and the Indonesian Army. 


In 2010, the Garuda Shield happened in Cipatat, Bandung, Indonesia. Staff officers from the Pacific Command, the HIARNG, USARPAC, and the TNI have formed a brigade to support stability and peace in the region. In this Garuda Shield, the troops conducted training aligned with the UN standardized organizational tactics. This helped both armies improve their tactical interoperability. 

During the Garuda Shield, other countries are invited to join in, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. Russia is usually invited on this list, but because of what’s happening with Ukraine, they may be omitted for this year’s Garuda Shield.