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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 283-95
October 05, 1995

No. 283-P:10/04/95:Pentagon correspondents are invited to a

Pentagon correspondents are invited to a roundtable briefing, "The State of Force XXI," by Maj. Gen. Edward Anderson, U.S. Army, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Plans, for Force Integration, on October 11, 1995 at 1 p.m. in Room 2D628 (Army Public Affairs Conference Room), the Pentagon.

During the past few months the Army has conducted three key experiments that moved the service closer toward the Army of the next century. The Theater Missile Defense Advanced Warfighting Experiment (AWE) in April and Prairie Warrior/Mobile Strike Force in May linked live action, computerized and virtual-reality simulations in realistic scenarios to test Force XXI equipment and tactics, techniques and procedures. Experiment Focused Dispatch in August linked the mounted Battle Lab with a live armor and mechanized infantry task force against both a live and partially simulated opposing force. Planning continues for the Task Force XXI Brigade Combat Team Experiment at Fort Hood and the National Training Center in 1997.

The next major event on the road to Force XXI is experiment Warrior Focus at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., from November 6-18. Warrior Focus will combine light infantry, heavy mechanized, and special operations forces in a realistic scenario to determine the benefits to combat effectiveness across the spectrum of the battlefield gained by leveraging the power of Information Age and "Own-the-Night" technology.

The roundtable provides an opportunity for Pentagon media to get up to date on progress in each area of Force XXI. For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Lt.Col. Mike Monnett or Maj. Mike McKinney at (703) 697-4314.