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Release No: 363-02
July 12, 2002

U.S. JOINT FORCES COMMAND SPONSORS MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE 02

More than 13,500 U.S. military and civilian personnel will participate in Millennium Challenge 2002, a joint warfighting experiment bringing together both live field forces and computer simulation at several locations in the United States from July 24 to August 15, 2002.

This experiment was congressionally directed in the 2001 National Defense Authorization Act to explore critical war fighting challenges at the operational level of war that will confront United States joint military forces in the future.

The U.S. Joint Forces Command-sponsored experiment features both live field forces and computer simulation and incorporates elements of all military Services, U.S. Special Operations Command, most functional and regional commands, and various Department of Defense and federal agencies.

The live and simulated warfighting events will be conducted at various training and testing ranges in the western U.S. The hub for the computer simulations will be at the Joint Warfighting Center's Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk, Va., and distributed to facilities across the country.

The experiment will be the culmination of more than two years of concept development. This effort focuses on how effects based operations can provide an integrating, joint context for conducting rapid and decisive operations in this decade using transformational knowledge and command and control concepts with today's equipment and weapons systems.

For additional information visit the Millennium Challenge 2002 web page at http://www.jfcom.mil/main/About/experiments/mc02.htm or contact the USJFCOM public affairs office at (757) 836-6555.

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