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Framework for developing the future force.


Think:
Establish a sound conceptual foundation for Army modernization.
Learn:
Conduct rigorous experiments, wargames, and assessments to learn in a focused, sustained, and collaborative manner.
Analyze:
Focus prioritized efforts on first-order military challenges.
Implement:
Deliver integrated DOTMLPF-P solutions to improve combat effectiveness of the current and future force.

The U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028 Advance Summary

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Robotic Complex Breachers

Last month the US Army Joint Modernization Command, joined by the US Marine Corps’ Warfighting Laboratory and the British Army’s 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade, turned talk of using robots to breach major obstacles into action. Using a training ground in Grafenwoehr, Germany, as their battlefield laboratory, the collected groups experimented with one solution to the challenge of Soldiers besting an obstacle while under enemy attack. The aim of this project was developing robotic and autonomous systems replacements for some of the most dangerous warfighter activities our Soldiers face: gathering information while under fire, moving through obscuration (e.g. smoke), and creating the initial entry across an obstacle. Using the UK’s Terrier as the main vehicle, and with no humans inside, one of the test points for the unit was conquering a trench that could stop an Abrams tank on its tracks. As can be seen in the video above, the experiment was very successful.

The development team’s initial directive was to create an unmanned system capable of ensuring our Soldiers, and our Allies’ Soldiers, could perform vital tasks while remaining safely “behind the scenes” while the robotic vehicle moved into the danger zone. The success of this experiment is another victory for American and Allied combat development that ensures progress for similar projects designed to empower our Soldiers when in harm’s way.

Check back for updates on similar and ongoing projects!


TRAC Wargaming

In June, our Army’s analytic community completed the second portion of a two-event wargaming exchange with the Centre d’Analyse Technico-Opérationnel de Défense (CATOD) in Paris, France.

This past March, TRADOC Analysis Center (TRAC) hosted the French team while conducting the first wargame of the exchange. That event focused on the US-techniques and approaches; The insights gained were briefed up through the French Army senior leaders last spring at the US-FR International Exchange Symposium in Paris, FR. This June, the focus flipped to the French Army’s analytic techniques and methods, models, tools, and approaches. The French wargame garnered a lot of attention from French distinguished visitors; several representatives from the French Navy and Air Force and, specifically, the Major General who is the Deputy to the French Army Procurement Agency. These distinguished visitors praised the wargame in France and the ongoing collaboration efforts between the two armies.

These are just two events of several TRAC conducts with our allies through international exchange agreements and exchanges. These collaborations included sharing of analytic techniques, wargaming approaches, and the sharing of understanding of concept and the development of abilities – through training and technology- within our respective countries. The Liaison Officers from our allied nations are always of a tremendous help throughout these events and are relied upon to share insights within the allied community.

The insights and final report are underway and will be shared with the community on our website with links sent via social media, once completed. This collaboration effort continues to strengthen our partnerships with our allies and contributes to the on-going effort focused on our ability to work together seemlessly.


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