JWA is an unique venue applying an innovate, practice, learn methodology, which allows for rapid assessments and enhances the acquisition process. JWA 18 promises a “triple payoff,” which enhances training, enables interoperability, and informs the future force. In total, JWA encompasses six three-star headquarters, and more than 6,800 participants from 10 partner nations. Additionally, United States Air Force Europe, 3rd Fleet and U. S. Army Special Operations Command provide mission command elements for the exercise.
• The Army deploys as a part of a joint force, and the JMC works closely with the joint services in the conduct of its mission. The integration of joint capabilities is becoming more and more important as forces work to meet the challenges of the future complex operating environment. The first JWA, originally named the Army Warfighting Assessment, was conducted at Fort Bliss in October 2016. AWAs became JWAs to better describe the scale and scope of the exercise.
• JWAs were added to the Joint Exercise Program List enabling greater joint participation and a continued focus on emergent capabilities, experimentation, and operational concepts. The Army held JWA 18 at Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, Germany, from April 22 to May 9, 2018, in sequence with the Air Force’s Blue Flag exercise and Army Combined Resolve X exercise. JWA 19, supporting United States Army Pacific, is scheduled for April 29 to May 10, 2019. The JMC will then return to Europe in collaboration with the Joint Force and its allied and partner nations in Europe for JWA 20.
• JWA expands the scope of future concepts and capabilities by assessing innovative solutions without the constraints of a formal test program. JWA also analyzes emerging doctrine and organizational designs for future force maturation and risk reduction. JWA, with its focus on emerging capabilities and concepts experimentation and operational concepts, best fits the Army’s network modernization strategy going forward and supports the cross-functional team process.
NIE 17.2What is NIE 17.2
NIE is a Soldier-led evaluation at Fort Bliss, designed to further integrate and rapidly progress the Army's tactical communications network, and deliver the Mission Command Network 2020. Through hands-on Soldier feedback, the Army improves government and commercial technologies and enables senior leaders to make informed modernization decisions in a resource-constrained environment.
The Army has fielded integrated capability sets of network hardware and mission command applications to eight division headquarters and 28 brigade combat teams. There are two Systems Under Test from PEO C3T participating in the exercise. Five systems will also undergo a Risk Reduction Event in preparation for future tests.
NIE 17.2 Highlights
What is AWA 17.1
Army Warfighting Assessment 17.1 is a four-phased event that culminated in a live exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Phases 0 and 1 (June-August 2016): TRADOC deployed three Multi-Discipline Assessment Teams to the U.S. army Pacific Command Area of Responsibility to examine Army Warfighting Challenges in Pacific Pathways exercise to observe select concepts and capabilities.
Phases 2 and 3 (17-28 October 2016): AWA 17.1 incorporated a live tactical training operation scenario with a Pacific area of operation. AWA 17.1 operated within the Decisive Action Training Environment 2.2 scenario and a Mission Partner Environment on a coalition network with Joint and Multinational forces.
AWA 17.1 Highlights
- 41 concepts and capabilities
- Interim solutions to 19 of 20 Army Warfighting Challenges
- Five Multinational Partners: United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Italy
- Joint participation
• Marine Corps Fly-in-Command Element
• Air Force Combined Air Operations Cell Response Cell
• Battlefield Coordination Detachment Response Cell
• Special Operations Forces - 1x Operational Detachment Bravo, 3x Operational Detachment Alphas
- Key Capability Assessment Areas:
• Enhanced Maneuver (Ground Mobility Vehicle, Light Reconnaissance Vehicle, Mobile Protective Firepower)
• Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems
• Special Operations Forces/Conventional Force Interoperability
• Coalition Network
What is NIE 16.2
NIE 16.2 is the 11th in a series of Soldier-led assessments designed to integrate and rapidly progress the Army's tactical network; critical for Army modernization. The NIE employed a Brigade Combat Team with realistic operation scenarios. During this two week exercise, 17 systems were assessed. The focuses of NIE 16.2 were Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3 and Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR).