Joint Task Force Exercise 04-2 (CJTFEX 04-2) kicks off
the next two weeks, U.S. and multinational forces face
realistic and dynamic exercise scenarios that closely replicate
operational challenges military forces routinely encounter
around the world.
USJFCOM Public Affairs
Va. -- June 12, 2004) - Almost thirty thousand U.S., British,
and other coalition forces kick-off a major live, virtual,
and constructive (L-V-C) exercise today in Hampton Roads
and along the U.S. Eastern seaboard that is intended to prepare
troops for multinational interoperability and to certify
the USS John F. Kennedy carrier strike group (CSG) for deployment.
Joint Task Force Exercise 04-2 (CJTFEX 04-2), a U.S.
Joint Forces Command directed and sponsored event, runs
through June 21, and executes DoD's Joint
National Training Capability (JNTC) operability priority,
ensuring an initial operational capability by October 2004.
to Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ben Sandlin, who was the exercise
planner and project officer for 16 months, JNTC represents
an enhanced way to train joint forces based on an L-V-C environment
which uses manned simulators and computer models and blends
existing operational and strategic exercise facets with live
transformation efforts like JNTC enable the Army, Air Force,
Navy, and Marines to train together even if they are not
physically located in the same area. An Air Force pilot can
target a blip on the screen - which can be someone sitting
in a simulator in another part of the country. Training and
targeting can be based on radar blips rather than live targets.
the past, during joint exercises, large numbers of forces
needed to be moved at great expense. The thing, according
to a USJFCOM spokesman, that makes L-V-C remarkable is that
forces, especially since so many troops are forward deployed,
do not have to co-locate to interact.
JNTC into the exercise provides an increased ability for
enemy forces to oppose blue (friendly) forces through the
addition of more aircraft, decoys, and targets.
a recent interview, CJTFEX 04-2 event planner William Johnson
said that based on a global network, the idea is to eventually
have an exercise with the capacity to integrate players from
around the world. For example, people training in Korea could
potentially be tied into a network that will include forces
on the East Coast of the U.S. and in Europe.
idea is to eventually have a melding of live, virtual, and
constructive forces on the battleground so that a player
can not tell the difference between one and the other," said
developers are working toward this goal, but throughout the
duration of CJTFEX 04-2, players in simulators could aim
and shoot at simulated targets, but live forces would not
be targeting simulated opposition forces.
difficult for a live airplane to shoot at a simulated plane
or ground target because there is no target to see visually
and no immediate feedback. The pilot can't say 'we saw the
target blow-up,'" said Johnson.
planners say CJTFEX 04-2 will focus on a couple of efforts
realistic combat training
an adaptive and credible opposing force
establishing common ground truth
giving high quality feedback
of these efforts play an important role in achieving forward
deployed combatant commander requirements.
and maintaining more agile, responsive and connected forces
means we must train efficiently and effectively. We're challenging
all assumption, and this advanced joint training does exactly
that," said Vice Admiral Gary Roughead, commander of
the U.S. Second Fleet and Striking Fleet Atlantic, and the
joint task force commander for CJTFEX 04-2.
a result of this enhanced training environment, participants
will have a global, network-centric capability that strengthens
military transformation efforts to promote warfighter effectiveness.
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.
exercise, according to planners, serves as a major platform
for testing major friendly fire prevention, to include joint
and coalition forces.
will be evaluating systems for assessing combat identification," said
Johnson, who stressed the importance of not only knowing
U.S. friendly forces, but recognizing coalition friendlies
said that as the 21st century progresses with increased coalition
warfighting, like in Iraq and Afghanistan, warfighters need
to be considering "who's friendly and who's not."
forces from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Denmark, Peru,
the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and Norway, as well as U.S.
troops returning from deployment and reserve units will be
participating in the exercise.
exercise provides all participants with invaluable experience
in joint and coalition operation, and I'm especially impressed
with the innovation and technical acumen that is enabling
this JNTC event," said Roughead.