Unified Quest

Operationalizing AI in support of MDO

One of the key tasks throughout the FY19 study year is to operationalize artificial intelligence (AI) in support of Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). Subject matter experts will be embedded in each event to determine the key AI tasks that support the ISR-strike, C2 and sustainment processes, and to define and describe AI solutions that perform operational tasks in time and battlespace using the MDO operational framework. The subject matter experts will collect unclassified seminar results to inform the MDO and other concepts, development of a white paper on how AI supports MDO, and inform Army Modernization Strategy investment opportunities.

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Overview

Unified Quest (UQ) is the Chief of Staff of the Army’s future study plan designed to explore enduring strategic and operational challenges to identify issues and explore solutions critical to current and future development. UQ assists senior Army leaders in making decisions using a variety of credible and plausible mid- to long-range strategic settings to develop or examine a broad set of ideas about future conflict that will impact the Army. The success of UQ relies on the ability to explore ideas from a resource-informed perspective, but not limited by resource-related constraints that typically drive near-term planning and programming. UQ will inform senior leader decisions on how best to develop an Army that has the capability and capacity to Win in a Complex World.

Purpose

Enable Army leaders to understand, visualize, describe, direct, and assess future force development efforts.

Key Tasks

  • Understand threats, enemies, and adversaries in context of the future operating environment and future missions.
  • Refine concepts to maintain a strong foundation for future force development.
  • Evaluate the future force under realistic scenarios.
  • Identify capability gaps and opportunities to improve future force effectiveness.
  • Design the future force and develop strategies to ensure Army forces are prepared to accomplish missions while operating as part of joint, inter-organizational, and multinational teams.

End State

Future Army forces are prepared to conduct operations promptly, in sufficient scale, and for ample duration to deter conflict and win in a complex world.

Unified Quest 2019

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Multi-Domain Operations as the Foundation for the Army Modernization Strategy -

Unified Quest 2019 studies how Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) serves as the foundation for joint operations in 2035. The purpose is to validate MDO as a sufficient operational approach to support a strategy that defeats peer aggression in both competition and conflict in the 2035 timeframe. To achieve this purpose, Unified Quest will determine how U.S. forces conduct deep maneuver in all domains (air, land, maritime, space, cyberspace, information environment, electromagnetic spectrum) to penetrate enemy anti-access and area denial systems; and how U.S. forces maneuver to penetrate and disintegrate enemy forces in the close area. Unified Quest 2019 will focus on the ISR-strike complex, mission command and sustainment. Throughout the study year, event participants will also determine how U.S. forces can operationalize artificial intelligence. The outcomes will inform MDO concept and the Army Modernization Strategy.
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ISR-Strike Table Top Exercise - November 5-8, 2018

During the ISR-Strike Table Top Exercise (TTX), participants will develop requirements for complementary, reinforcing, and redundant ISR-strike systems to contest, penetrate, and disintegrate layered threat anti-access and area denial systems. Using a threat-based scenario, they will consider capabilities required for success and where these capabilities should reside, identify capacity requirements for multiple options, and document timing, sequencing, and decision support analysis required in to execute the concept of operations. By the end of the TTX, they will have conducted a detailed examination of concepts, organizational design, materiel enablers, and methods for employment of future Army echelons above brigade in an MDO context.
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Command and Control (C2) Table Top Exercise - January 8-11, 2019

The objective of the C2 TTX is to determine how to best organize and command Army forces as part of a joint force that immediately contests an enemy attack in multiple domains and explore C2 technical architectures, control measures, and procedures required to make capabilities responsive to the commanders’ needs. During the TTX, the participants will develop optimal C2 organizations, develop required Army and joint command arrangements, and determine control measures and processes necessary to respond to the needs of the commander at each echelon. By the end of the event, participants will have a proposed construct for organizing capabilities through command and control to immediately contest an enemy attack in multiple domains by addressing MDO problems 3 and 4 in near-simultaneous fashion; identify implications for development of formations, mission command architectures, and control measures.
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Sustainment Table Top Exercise - 18-22 March, 2019

Participants at the Sustainment TTX will determine how Army forces best sustain operations and preserve freedom of action on the lethal and contested battlefield of 2035. To achieve this, they will assess the effectiveness of adaptive basing and distributed sustainment in preserving combat power and freedom of action against a near-peer competitor in the context of MDO problems 3 and 4; identify capabilities necessary to conduct adaptive basing and distributed sustainment; and assess how well force designs provide the appropriate capabilities at the appropriate echelon for adaptive basing and distributed sustainment. Results from this event will be reflected in a document that further develops the solution components “adaptive basing” and “distributed sustainment” to support MDO development and refinement.
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Deep Future Wargame - May 6-17, 2019

The DFWG will … TBD
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Artificial Intelligence Seminar - May 6-17, 2019

Concurrently with the Deep Future Wargame, the Artificial Intelligence Seminar will … TBD

Unified Quest 2018

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Multi-Domain Battle as the Foundation of the Future Joint Force -

Unified Quest 2018 studies how Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) serves as the foundation for joint operations in 2035-2050. The purpose is to determine how the Army operates as a part of the joint force against adversaries who expand the conduct of war into multiple domains at extended distances. UQ18 has two focus areas: 1) to determine how U.S. forces deter the escalation of violence, defeat threat operations to destabilize the region, and turn denied spaces into contested spaces should violence escalate; maneuver from contested strategic and operational distances and with sufficient combat power to defeat enemy forces; conduct deep maneuver by air, naval, and/or ground forces to suppress and destroy enemy indirect fire and air defense systems and reserve forces; enable ground forces to defeat the enemy in the close area; and operate in dense urban terrain (defined by physical, human, and cyber-electromagnetic density); and 2) operationalize future robotic and autonomous systems in support of MDB. The outcomes will inform senior leader decisions on the MDB concept and future force development.
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Joint Capabilities I - November 2017

Joint Capabilities I (JC I) Workshop Nov. 14–17 is the first preparatory event for the 2018 Deep Future Wargame. JC I’s purpose is to understand the relationships between joint and service concepts related to MDB. Participants will first identify and examine areas where service concepts converge and diverge across the joint functional areas. Subsequent subject matter expert discussions will identify implications and recommendations to resolve areas of divergence and enable further concept development. The outcomes will establish a basis to develop future joint capabilities at the Joint Capabilities II seminar in March 2018, and enable joint participation during the 2018 DFWG.
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Future Force Design IV- December 2017

The first of two HTAFs, How the Army Fights III will explore how the Army COULD fight across multiple domains in the 2030-2050 timeframe.Leaders will link challenges, force design principles and solutions to inform capability gaps by examining how Army formations conduct Joint and Combined Arms Operations(JCAO).
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How the Army Fights V - January/February 2018

How the Army Fights V (HTAF V) Wargame and Senior Leader Seminar, Jan. 22- 26 and Feb. 28, respectively. HTAF V will be the execution tool for the TRADOC-Air Combat Command (ACC) Tabletop Exercise 1 with the wargame executed in late January and the Senior Leader Seminar February 27 during the TRADOC Commander’s Forum. HTAF V will expand upon the lessons learned from Quicklook III—conducted by Maneuver Center of Excellence August 2017—and determine what Army and Air Force capabilities can achieve the desired effects associated with multiple problem sets identified during Quicklook III. Using the MDBoperational framework, HTAF V will examine MDB problem 4 focusing at echelons above brigade against a peer adversary in a future operational environment.
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Joint Capabilities II - March 2018

The Joint Capabilities II Workshop March 20-23 will focus on complementary service capabilities and capacities in a 2035 operational environment and incorporate them into products and tools for participants to use during the Deep Future Wargame. The participants will develop an easy-to-comprehend visual description of relevant service capabilities for joint force planning in a 2035 context. Participants will also develop an understanding of the relationships and interdependencies between service capabilities to include areas where capabilities complement and converge.
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Deep Future Wargame - April/May 2018

The purpose of the Deep Future Wargame is to understand how the Army can contribute to the multi-service multi-domain capabilities required to defeat a near-peer adversary in a 2035 operational environment. Two planning events precede the wargame: the Core Planning Group (CPG) April 9-13 and the Staff Exercise (STAFFEX) May 7-13. During the CPG in April, participants will develop joint, interagency and multinational concepts of operations to deter and/or defeat an adversary during competition and armed conflict periods in a 2035 multi-domain environment. The May STAFFEX is for participants to refine their concepts of operation to enable optimal learning about future concepts, capabilities, and organizations.

The Deep Future Wargame immediately follows the STAFFEX May 14-18. In this event, participants employ the concepts, capabilities, and concepts of the operation developed in the preparatory events since Joint Capabilities I. Using the MDB and other multi-domain service concepts, participants in five of the working groups will determine how U.S. Forces:

  • Deter the escalation of violence, defeat threat operations to destabilize the region, and turn denied spaces into contested spaces should violence escalate
  • Maneuver from contested strategic and operational distances and with sufficient combat power in time to defeat enemy forces
  • Conduct deep maneuver by air, naval, and/or ground forces to suppress and destroy enemy indirect fire and air defense systems and reserve forces
  • Enable ground forces to defeat the enemy in the close area

Unified Quest 2017 - Archived

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Character of Future War - November 2016

The Character of Future War will develop a common understanding of the character of war in the 2030-2050 timeframe.The event will determine what the operational environment will look like, the sources of military power and strategic competitors(with respect to threats and missions), and will identify the implications on the conduct of future military operations.
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Human Performance Seminar- December 2016

Based on the results of the Human Performance Working Group in September 16, the Human Performance Seminar will determine the desired characteristics of Soldiers, civilians and contractors required in the 2050 operational environment, and the capabilities needed to succeed in high-intensity conflict.
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How the Army Fights III- February 2017

The first of two HTAFs, How the Army Fights III will explore how the Army COULD fight across multiple domains in the 2030-2050 timeframe.Leaders will link challenges, force design principles and solutions to inform capability gaps by examining how Army formations conduct Joint and Combined Arms Operations(JCAO).
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Future Force Design III Seminar- March 2017

Future Force Design III will ensure that capability sets enable achievement of the learning objectives in the Deep Future Wargame.Three working groups will discuss how well the capability set descriptions enable the employment of the future force, how each capability set enables fighting in accordance with the Army Concept Framework, and what key adjustments are needed in the capability set description.
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Deep Future Wargame 2017 - May 2017

The Deep Future Wargame will determine how the Army fights across multiple domains in the 2030-2050 timeframe as part of a join, inter-organizational, and multinational force.Three working groups will determine how well future forces: shape the environment; set the theater; conduct forcible entry operations; conduct dispersed joint and combined-arms and wide-area security operations; and how well future forces transition between phases and consolidate gains.
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How the Army Fights IV- August 2017

The last HTAF, How the Army Fights IV, will explore how the Army COULD fight across multiple domains in the 2030-2050 timeframe.Leaders will link challenges, force design principles and solutions to inform capability gaps.

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