The U.S. Army and its multinational partners leveraged the recent Joint Warfighting Assessment 18.1 to improve interoperability and enable separate allied networks to contribute to a common operating picture they can trust...
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U.S. Soldiers tested 27 concepts and capabilities alongside U.S. allies and partners during the Joint Warfighting Assessment (JWA) 18 at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas from April 20 to May 7. “What a concept does is it looks at new ways of fighting,” said Roger Lemons, planning group chief for the Joint Modernization Command. “There’s no other place where you put these large concepts in the hands of Soldiers and leaders and assess feedback, and that’s one of the unique attributes of the JWA.”
In total, the JWA encompassed six 3-star headquarters, and more than 4,800 participants from 10 partner nations. The assessment includes brigade headquarters from United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany, one battalion headquarters from Denmark, and participants from Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. United States Air Force Europe, 3rd Fleet and U. S. Army Special Operations Command also provided mission command elements for the exercise...
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JMC plans, prepares and executes Joint Warfighting Assessments (JWAs) and other concept & capability assessments (CCAs), provides objective analysis and feasible recommendations to enhance Joint/Multi-National Interoperability (JMNI) and inform Army Modernization decisions. On order, conducts directed assessments in support of Cross Functional Teams (CFT).
The Army's lead for warfighting concept and capability assessments, supporting modernization to ensure that future forces win in a complex world.
The JMC and two other organizations of the Network Integration Partners--the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) and the System of Systems, Engineering and Integration Directorate (SoSEI), under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology ASA(ALT)-have been conducting semiannual Network Integration Evaluations since the spring of 2011. During these NIEs, the Partners assess networked and non-networked capabilities to determine their implications across DOTMLPF. NIEs are designed to evaluate deliberate and rapid acquisition solutions, as well as integrate and mature the Army's tactical network. With the NIE's primary purpose to accomplish required evaluations in support of Program of Record milestones and funding decisions, the Army will measure success by what is learned when it puts these networked capabilities in the hands of Soldiers in the field for evaluation
Beginning in FY17, JMC will execute one Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and one Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA) per year. Both events lay on top of a two to three week Decisive Action Training Environment with a brigade combat team, additional enablers and a division or corps simulation wrap-around. Both events are designed to deliver the Mission Command Network 2020 and assess interim solutions to Army Warfighting Challenges. Both events are designed to enable the Agile Process and generate Soldier and leader feedback on concepts and capabilities that will improve system performance. During an NIE, JMC coordinates with Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) to execute formal tests of mission command systems and network programs of record. AWAs are the capstone event for Force 2025 Maneuvers and do not have the constraints of formal testing. Leveraging the unique capabilities of Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range, and Holloman Air Force Base, AWAs provide a Triple Payoff of Training Readiness, Future Force Development, and Joint and Multinational Interoperability.
The proud history of the United States Army is one of fighting and winning its Nation’s wars, while adapting and modernizing its force to meet future threats to the country and its people. In its short history, the Joint Modernization Command has evolved in both mission and structure to support those modernization efforts. JMC’s unique mission is enabled by Fort Bliss and the vibrant and dynamic community of El Paso, and we are proud to call both our home. JMC began its history in 2005 as the Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID), an onsite integration organization to facilitate development, testing and evaluation of the Future Combat Systems program. FFID exercised direct control over the Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF), the 5th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division. In August 2007, the FFID mission was modified to integrate modernization efforts in support of Army Transformation in order to provide FCS enabled modular brigades in the future. During its short history, FFID conducted numerous training and testing events, as well as demonstrations of FCS capabilities for visits by countless distinguished visitors and media representatives.
In 2009, the FCS program was terminated and FFID assumed a new responsibility for integrating Brigade Combat Team (BCT) modernization for the Army. In late 2010, FFID along with Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range became the Army’s centerpiece for network integration. To support this initiative, the 2d Brigade of the 1st AD assumed the AETF mission from the 5th BDE. FFID was redesignated Brigade Modernization Command, with the mission to conduct physical integration and evaluations of the network and capability packages to provide Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) recommendations to the Army. To enable this new mission, BMC began executing Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) to evaluate concepts and capabilities for the BDE-level and below. To date, 12 NIEs have been executed, enabling the Army to field integrated capability sets of network hardware and mission command applications to 8 of 10 division headquarters and 28 of 32 BCTs across the Army. NIE baselines the latest Army network capabilities and operationally evaluates the network with extensive participation by Army Test & Evaluation Command (ATEC), Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)), System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SoSE&I), Program Executive Office (PEO) and Program Manager Office (PMO). For the first 11 NIEs, 2/1 AD had the assigned mission of executing NIEs, but in July of 2017, JMC conducted its first NIE with a rotational unit, the 2d BDE of the 101st ABN DIV from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This evaluation capitalized on the unit’s recent deployment experience and assessed mission command systems employment in a light brigade for the first time ever.
While NIEs are highly structured events testing Army programs of record, there was a need to conduct exercises to allow the Army to assess interim solutions to enduring Warfighting challenges by incorporating innovative concepts and capabilities into various formations, including joint and multinational forces. In October 2016, BMC conducted the first Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA) at Fort Bliss as a proof of concept for this new and complex exercise. The exercise proved not only that it could accelerate the rate of Army innovation, but that it could provide a “Triple Payoff” by enhancing unit training readiness, enabling joint and multinational interoperability and informing future force development in a less restrictive environment than the formal test constraints inherent with the NIE. In 2017, BMC was redesignated the U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command (JMC) and AWAs were redesignated Joint Warfighting Assessments (JWAs). The command’s new name better reflects the evolving mission of the organization, and JWAs better reflect the broad scope and scale of the exercise. JWA was officially accredited as a Joint National Training Capability training exercise. This designates JWAs as high quality training events, which provide a triple payoff while remaining committed to providing opportunities to assess concepts and capabilities without the formal test constraints and partnering with industry to integrate and assess early developmental prototypes.
As the Army assesses the organizational structure of its modernization efforts, JMC’s mission and structure will change again. NIE 18.2 will be the last NIE conducted under its current structure. JMC will evolve to conduct 4-6 smaller scale concept and capability assessments in order to better provide emerging network related technologies. To date, JMC has made over 1000 recommendations on more than 300 capabilities and over 130 concepts while saving the Army over $1B in programs that were re-scoped or eliminated. And it will continue to do so even as its mission and structure evolve. This spring, JMC will conduct its first ever JWA and the command’s first exercise outside of the Bliss/WSMR training area. JWA 18 is combined with the Air Force’s Blue Flag 18 and in coordination with the 7th ATC’s Combined Resolve X as well as 3d Fleet, U.S. Army Special Operations Command USASOC and four Multinational (MN) brigades. This complex and dynamic exercise features a DIV-level assessment at Grafenwoehr (GTA) and live BDE operations at Hohenfels (HTA). Blue Flag/JWA 18 collaborates with over 160 units, to include over 25 training participants in a dynamic, complex and operationally rigorous training environment providing a triple payoff to JMC’s partners across the joint force and our partner nations.
JMC is proud of its efforts to enable the Army’s modernization strategy and stands ready to build and shape the Army in the years to come.
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In October 2016, JMC was officially accredited for the AWA exercise as a Joint National Training Capability training site. The significance of this is similar to receiving an FDA stamp of approval on exercises. It means the JWA is a high quality training event Fully accredited, the AWA changed to become the United States Army Joint Warfighting Assessment (JWA) which better reflects the scope of the exercise.
The JWA continues to focus on Future Force Development, Joint and Multinational interoperability and Training. JWAs remains committed to providing opportunities to assess concepts and capabilities without formal test constraints, and partner with industry to integrate and assess early developmental prototypes, increasing the rate of innovation for our Army.
The JWA is the Army’s largest live and constructive, multi-echelon, from Company to Corps-level, Joint/Multinational exercise designed to ensure the Joint Force is ready, interoperable and capable of accomplishing the mission and overmatching current and future enemies across the range of military operations.
The NIE will continue to integrate Army tests on Programs of Record within a brigade force-on-force exercise. Operationally relevant with demanding scenarios, the exercise will primarily focus on the network, mission command systems and other networked systems. The NIE is the Army’s largest annual operational exercise that integrates, tests and evaluates systems and capabilities.
JMC will conduct NIE 17.2 from 11 – 30 July 2017 at both Fort Bliss, TX and White Sands Missile Range, NM. NIEs are Soldier-led evaluations designed to further integrate and rapidly progress the Army's tactical communications network, and deliver the Mission Command Network 2020. Through hands-on Soldier feedback, the army improves government and commercial technologies and enables senior leaders to make informed modernization decisions in a resource-constrained environment.
The U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command (JMC) and two other organizations - the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) and the System of Systems, Engineering and Integration Directorate (SoSE&I), under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) - form our network integration partnership and have been conducting semi-annual NIEs since the summer of 2011. This later changed to an annual exercise due to the emergence of the Joint Warfighting Assessment. To date, eleven NIEs have successfully integrated, validated and refined over 313 concepts and capabilities.
NIE 17.2 assesses concepts and capabilities in a realistic and rigorous environment to build an agile and adaptive Army for the future. The exercise utilizes a Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) scenario with a robust simulation wrap-around.
In NIE 17.2, there will be two Systems Under Test (SUTs), three Risk Reduction Events (RREs) and five Baselines. The Tactical Communications Nodes-Lite / Network Operations and Security Center-Lite (TCN-L/NOSC-L) and Tri-Band Line of Sight (TRILOS) are assessed as SUTs. The Air-Ground Integrated Link Extended Network (AGILENET), Defense Cyberspace Operations Maneuver Baselines Forensics and Malware Analysis (DCO-MB/F+MA), Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) on Mobile Platform (MP) are RREs. The AN/PRC-155 Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit Manpack (HMS Manpack), Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit Rifleman’s Radio/Nett Warrior (HMS RR/NW); Vehicle Integrated Power Enhanced Rifleman (Viper); Nett Warrior and Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Enterprise Network Manager v3.3 (JENM v3.3) are Baselines. Additionally, the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office will conduct an electronic warfare excursion during the exercise.
During and immediately following NIE 17.2 the network integration partners collect and assess data on networked and non-networked capabilities to support findings and recommendations using the DOTMLPF-P analysis framework. Additionally, JMC collaborates with the Army Capabilities Integration Center’s (ARCIC’s) Capabilities Development Directorate (CDD) to present observations, findings and recommendations on assessed capabilities within the exercise.