FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – The U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence hosted Vanguard 22, an inaugural pilot exercise July 18-22, at the Lieutenant John R. Fox Multi-Domain Operations Non-Kinetic Range Complex, designed to explore and evaluate software-driven operations. threat representation capabilities and brief Army leaders on multi-domain operations testing, training and range requirements of the future.
“For the military to develop and build modern combat capabilities, we need to adequately test these new capabilities against potential adversaries,” said Jeffrey Jennings, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Civilian Deputy of the commanding general of Fort Huachuca. “Kind of like a crash dummy test, to see if the seat belt will hold, strap a dummy into a car and race it against a wall at varying speeds to see if it works.”
Modern combat capabilities are tested against threat-informed capabilities by peers to ensure their functionality, Jennings said.
“When these new capabilities are delivered to the force, we know they are working as intended and the informed representations of the threat, or targets are used by the military to train and prepare for a conflict we hope never come,” he said.
Attendees at Vanguard 22 included elements from the U.S. Army Testing and Evaluation Command, Electronic Proving Ground, and Army Futures Command.
During Vanguard 22, multiple elements of the Department of Defense, commercial vendors, and academic partners demonstrated the fidelity, usability, and interoperability of their respective systems to support development, testing, and training capabilities, as well as only to replicate a future battlefield cluttered with multiple broadcasts from both civilians and military. sources.
“Our efforts are important because the challenge we face is our ability to overcome multiple layers of impasse across the board to converge our combat capabilities, while maintaining coherence in our operations,” said Pete Don, technical manager of the US Intelligence Center of Excellence. advise. “Our ability to integrate new, affordable software-defined technologies to enhance our existing ranges and increase the realism of doctrine, operations, and threat capabilities will enable the Army and joint services to meet and train to meet this challenge.”
Training is the cornerstone of Army readiness and the value of training and applying modernization to our ranges will support combat development and ensure our soldiers can be confident in their systems, functions and concepts of fight, which they need to win anytime and anywhere, Don said.
In designated areas of the range, trained observers monitored, measured, and evaluated the performance of energized systems to accurately reproduce and mimic a threat’s activity and attributes across the electromagnetic spectrum.
“Threat replication is simply our ability to accurately display and represent a system, activity, or emission to be detected, identified, and classified as a specific threat by our soldiers, crews, units, and sensors,” Don said. “So it looks like an enemy tank, emits like enemy radar, and flies like an enemy drone.”
Vendors also had the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase other features of their systems and answer questions during a free-play game of the Vanguard Pilot.
Vanguard 22 is the first in a series of planned annual experiences coming to Fort Huachuca every spring, with Vanguard 23 scheduled for April 10-14, 2023.
The Vanguard exercise series schedule is spaced midway between Army Futures Command’s Project Convergence experiments which are high-level capability demonstrations that combine developmental and operational testing.
Future exercises will incorporate lessons learned from previous events and contribute to preparations for upcoming test events and inform future modernization experiences. Vanguard 23 will also expand its participants to include the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Forces Command, AFC, and other military and joint mission partners.