Jointness, Transformation Benefit From Lessons Learned in Battle
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2004 - Lessons learned from U.S. military
operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are greatly assisting Defense
efforts, the chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command said here today.
"The fact that we are conducting (those) operations with the breadth and
depth that we are allows our services and allows our joint forces to experiment
in a way that you can't replicate running any type of concept development and
experimentation program - war games or the like," noted Navy Adm. Edmund P.
Giambastiani said Joint Forces Command, with headquarters in Norfolk, Va.,
is committed "to add joint context to everything we do."
As part of that effort, the admiral noted, the armed services run joint war
games in conjunction with his command.
"The reason for this is we're trying to put in joint context to allow the
services to explore their capabilities," Giambastiani explained, "while at
the same time we can explore issues and we can look at the challenges all of
the services face and come up with joint solutions."
In fact, he noted, joint war games were during 2003 held with the Army in
May and with the Navy in October, while a joint war game hosted by U.S. Joint
Forces Command in June featured U.S. services and some allied militaries as
Giambastiani, who took over Joint Forces Command and NATO's newly established
Allied Command Transformation on October 2002, said Joint Forces Command would
run three more joint war games this year.
The admiral pointed out that Joint Forces Command has "created a dynamic,
interactive process of lessons learned to capture battlefield lessons learned
and bring them back to the services and our joint commands in a way like we've
never done before." Many of those lessons-learned reports, Giambastiani noted,
To obtain timely information and feedback from recent military operations,
Giambastiani said, special teams were embedded across U.S. Central Command.
"We're trying to be as proactive as possible -- in real time -- in bringing
these lessons learned out" from warfighting theaters of operation, he concluded.
Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani
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