interoperability momentum builds with preparation for live
Joint Forces Command joint training personnel continue
working with military planners from around the world
as they put the final touches on June's Combined
Joint Task Force Exercise (CJTFEX) 04-2.
USJFCOM Public Affairs
Va. -- May 11, 2004) - Every work day evening a military
member's spouse asks, “Honey, how was your day?” For
the past 16 months Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ben Sandlin's
answer could have been a version of: we're gearing
up for Combined Joint Task Force Exercise (CJTFEX)
to Sandlin, JTFEX project officer, CJTFEX 04-2, to
begin in June, is slated as the first enhanced live
coalition integration exercise, making it extremely
important to the development of future coalition exercises.
term "enhanced" simply equates to significant
forces. Unlike previous JTFEXs, scheduled two or three
times yearly with limited participants, CJTFX 04-2
will consist of a “full up staff” including
live intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
of significance, the exercise, directed and sponsored
by USJFCOM, will execute DoD's Joint
National Training Capability (JNTC) operability
is an enhanced way to train joint forces. The exercise
is live, virtual, and constructive (LVC),” said
computers to drive manned simulators and computer models,
LVC environments blend existing operational and strategic
exercise facets with live forces. According to Sandlin,
this translates into a robust and realistic experience.
JNTC melds training into a joint context, thereby developing
streamlined future military operations.
is not the first time we have integrated LVC into an
exercise, but it is significant given the large level
of live forces,” said Sandlin.
live exercise provides regional combatant commanders
with forces that are trained in joint warfare,” said
Sandlin. “These forces [carrier strike groups
(CSG), for example] receive certification just before
deploying overseas to support the regional combatant
exercise objectives include: identifying transformation
capability opportunities; validating and updating joint
doctrine and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP);
integrating the Joint
Combat Identification Evaluation Team (JCIET) for
the first time; assessing force ability to manage,
exchange, and use digital information to support joint
and combined fire support; and overall training for
the joint warfighter.
joint training is key. We are trying to close gaps
and seams at all levels, which is a vital aspect of
JNTC,” said Sandlin.
century threats are dictating the future of warfightingand,
according to Sandlin, an important aspect of CJTFX
04-2 is the integration of coalition forces.
are integrating them at every level in the exercise.
The deputy joint task force commander is an Italian
general and one of the component commanders is a general
from the United Kingdom,” said Sandlin. “It's
crucial to have coalition forces integrated into training
exercises. That's the way we are going to fight in
exercise will be performed in a combined/multinational
environment with coalition forces from the United Kingdom,
Holland, France, Peru, Germany and Norway participating
as well as U.S. troops returning from deployment and
CJTFX also will serve as a venue for US/UK bilateral
training. According to Sandlin, the two countries generally
participate in a bilateral exercise every four years.
However, the situation in Kosovo and Bosnia excluded
the last bilateral exercise, making the most recent
one Purple Dragon, held in 1996.
world situations may dictate that exercise forces change. “We
continue to feel the tug. The magnitude of exercise
forces is quite an operational burden,” said
Sandlin. “Just as in the real world forces are
non-static, exercise forces are not static.”