Joint Modernization Command plans, prepares and executes Joint Warfighting Assessments, Project Convergences, and other concept and capability assessments utilizing a campaign of continuous learning through persistent experimentation. JMC provides objective analysis and feasible recommendations to inform and enable a sustainable strategic path to Army 2040 and beyond.


JMC drives the transformation of the Army through warfighting and capability assessments that assist in the delivery of Army 2030 and design of Army 2040 and beyond.

Who is Joint Modernization Command?

JMC plans and executes worldwide multi-echelon, joint, and multinational experiments in support of the Army’s Modernization Strategy utilizing a campaign of continuous learning to build a force capable of deterring, competing with, and defeating near-peer threats.

JMC is headquartered at Fort Bliss, Texas, consists of military professionals across the spectrum of warfighting functions. JMC also has Global Operations Teams embedded with Joint Operational Commands around the world. These teams are located with U.S Army Pacific in Hawaii, U.S. Army Europe in Germany, Air Force at Nellis AFB, Marine Corps at Quantico, and the Joint Force in Suffolk.

There are three divisions within JMC supported by a complete General Staff and Simulations Center. Operations Group Alpha and Operations Group Bravo plan, prepare, and execute Project Convergences, Joint Warfighting Assessments, and other Persistent Experimentation Events. Using a campaign of continuous learning, both operations groups focus on concepts that operationalize Multi-Domain Operations and conceptual and technical interoperability, to include Joint and Multinational, while ensuring emerging technology and new capabilities are integrated into realistic scenarios. Operations Group Zulu integrates Special Forces, Cyber, and space into experiments while also delivering operations research, systems analysis, public affairs, strategic messaging, and Joint Visitor Bureau support.


2-9-22, JMC Cdr (Escandon).jpgColonel Joseph E. Escandon
Colonel Joe Escandon enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantryman in 1988 and subsequently served in the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry at Fort Hood, Texas, and the 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry Regiment at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Upon completion of active duty in 1992, COL Escandon transitioned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 1st Battalion, 40th Armor, and began attendance at the University of Arizona. An ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, COL Escandon was commissioned in 1996.

COL Escandon’s first assignment was as a company executive officer in the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry, Infantry Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia. He next served as a rifle platoon leader and support platoon leader in the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment. In early 2000, COL Escandon returned to the ITB and commanded B Company, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment. Following completion of the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, COL Escandon was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as the battalion logistics officer and commanded C Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom I. After company command, he attended graduate school, and from 2005-2007 served on the Army Staff as a strategist in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate of the G-3/5/7. From 2007-2009, COL Escandon was a student at the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In the summer of 2009, COL Escandon reported to the 10th Mountain Division (LI) at Fort Drum, New York, and immediately deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the operations officer of the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry during Operation Enduring Freedom IX-X. In the spring of 2010, he assumed duty as the operations officer of 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Spartans), 10th Mountain Division, and deployed with the brigade to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. COL Escandon later joined 10th Mountain Division headquarters/Regional Command – South, serving as a planner and deputy division G-3/5/7.

He then served as the aide-de-camp to the commanding general, V Corps in Germany and as the aide-de-camp to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan. Upon returning to Fort Drum, COL Escandon commanded 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. Following command, he returned to division headquarters to assume duty as the TAAC-E G-3, serving in Afghanistan until May 2016. From June 2017 to June 2019, COL Escandon served as the Commander, 2 BCT (STRIKE) and the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Following command, he served as the Deputy Director of the SECDEF’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force and then the Director of the Army Campaign Plan.

COL Escandon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, two Master of Military Art and Science degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Joint Services Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the German Parachutist Badge.

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8-9-21, CSM Stockard.JPGCommand Sergeant Major William S. Stockard

Command Sergeant Major William S. Stockard enlisted in the Army in February 1999 as an Infantryman. CSM Stockard graduated from One Station Unit Training and Advanced Individual Training as an 11B Infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia.

CSM Stockard’s duty positions have included Brigade CSM, 2BCT, 82nd ABN DIV; Battalion CSM, 2-504th PIR, 1BCT, 82nd ABN DIV; Operations Sergeant Major, 5-73 CAV, 3BCT, 82nd ABN DIV; First Sergeant, HHC, 1st BN, 503rd IN (ABN), Vicenza, Italy; First Sergeant, B Co, 2nd BN, 503rd IN (ABN), Vicenza, Italy; First Sergeant, 5th Ranger Training Brigade and Ranger Instructor, Dahlonega, Georgia; Platoon Sergeant, C Co, 2nd BN, 503rd IN (ABN), Vicenza, Italy; Scout Squad Leader and Rifle Squad Leader, 2nd BN, 503rd IN (ABN), Vicenza, Italy; and Scout Squad Leader, 3rd BN, 327th IN, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

CSM Stockard deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF VI, VIII, and XIII), Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and two deployments to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom I (OIF I) and Operation Inherent Resolve. Overseas assignments include Vicenza, Italy, with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).

CSM Stockard’s military education includes the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 66), Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, and Primary Leadership Development Course. He has also attended the following schools: Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Air Assault School and Mountain Warfare School.

CSM Stockard’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Metal (3 OLC), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC with “V” device), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (4 Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (with Arrowhead Device), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (8th Award), NATO Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Wings (with Bronze Star), Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (1 OLC), Italian Jump Wings and is a member of the Sergeant Morales Club.

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