The U.S. Joint Forces Command will conduct the U.S armed forces' first joint field experiment Aug. 14 through Sept. 13. It is called Millennium Challenge 2000 (MC 2000) and involves elements of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as other government agencies.
MC 2000 is a unique, collaborative effort between U.S. Joint Forces Command and the Services. It will provide an overarching joint context for the Services' major experiments. It will also leverage those Service experiments and selected joint exercises in order to examine three, specific, joint concepts to further advance joint warfighting capabilities.
The primary objective for the joint warfighters is to develop different ways to improve access to critical information future commanders will need to make fast, accurate decisions while in battle. An important part of that goal is the ability to share the right information at the right levels at the right time. This objective will build upon the experimentation goals established by each Service.
"Millennium Challenge 2000 is an important milestone in our exploration of advanced joint warfighting concepts. Building on what the Services are learning, Millennium Challenge will merge those findings with our discoveries about joint warfighting," says Adm. Harold Gehman, commander in chief, U.S. Joint Forces Command. "This experiment will teach us much about the most pressing operational challenges of the future and lead to recommendations for change in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities. It is also the first of a new series of joint field experiments."
Three different joint experiments will be occurring during MC 2000. Each experiment focuses on operational warfighting deficiencies.
Precision Engagement is an experiment of certain force multiplier factors. Currently, theater commanders suffer from the inability of skilled target analysts to access the right information and resources. The Precision Engagement concept will multiply available expertise by combining interactive tools and dynamic group processes in a virtual network. The experiment will improve collaboration and reach back while providing the warfighting commander access to a support network that can be tailored to meet his specific needs. This experiment will run Aug. 22-24.
The Joint Deployment Process Improvement (JDPI) experiment is a result of a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff requirement to reengineer the deployment process. The current process is too often cumbersome and inefficient, according to Marine Col. Bill Meade, MC 2000 director. By using a reengineered process, collaborative tools and integrating technologies, this experiment will examine a concept that could deliver a tailored force deployment plan within 72 hours that meets the specific needs of a theater commander for the first seven days of a major engagement. This experiment will run Aug. 14 -24.
The Information Superiority/Command and Control experiment addresses specific weaknesses in today's crisis action planning process. Specifically, crisis action planning cannot keep pace with the dynamic requirements of the future battlefield. The experiment examines how a robust, common, information environment, coupled with collaborative and interactive tools, increases the shared battlespace awareness and simultaneous planning necessary to achieve decision superiority. This experiment will run Aug. 28 - Sept. 13.
"Millennium Challenge 2000 is an important first step for learning how to meld our major experimental efforts so that the sum gain is far greater than the separate parts. From that aspect, Millennium Challenge 2000 has already been successful," says Meade.
MC 2000 leverages the Navy's Fleet Battle Experiment - Hotel; the Air Force's Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2000; the Army's Joint Contingency Force Advanced Warfighting Experiment; and the Marine Corps' Millennium Dragon experiment.
Between Aug. 14 and Sept. 13, the three joint experiments within Millennium Challenge 2000 activities will overlap and take place simultaneously with Service experiments at 11 different sites. Those sites include Fort Bragg, N.C.; Ft. Polk, La.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Gulfport, Miss.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Langley AFB, Va.; Nellis AFB, Nev.; the Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center, Suffolk, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Editors Note: News media are encouraged to cover selected portions of the Millennium Challenge activities. For more detailed information, contact the U.S. Joint Forces Command Public Affairs Office at (757) 836-6559.