• Battle lab experiment looks at future force

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  • Mission Command Battle Lab release
    Army Training and Doctrine Command took another step toward designing the future force after conducting the latest iteration of the game-based experiment Unified Challenge Jan. 22 through Feb. 4.
    Led by TRADOC’s Joint and Army Experimentation Division and the Mission Command Battle Lab for the Futures and Concepts Center and Centers of Excellence, the experiment assesses the efficacy of the Multi-Domain Operations Concept and supporting functional concepts and organizational and operational concepts to achieve operational objectives by integrating multi-domain effects against a peer threat with conventional and asymmetric capabilities in competition and the transition to armed conflict.
    The Mission Command Battle Lab hosted personnel across the Army experimentation community in a series of experiments. Participants came from across the Department of Defense and included Army, Navy and Air Force analysts and role-players from around the country and the European theater.
    The goal of Unified Challenge 19-1 is “to focus on the protection and sustainment of the Multi-Domain Operations 2028 force participating in operational maneuver and transitioning to conflict,” said Calvin Johnson, MCBL director.
    The MCBL continues to research emerging multi-domain operations doctrine as well as mission command information systems and force structures that are vital to the strength and battlefield dominance of our Army today as well as into the future.
    The experiments allow battlefield hardened experts see real-time ramifications of decisions made based on limited information, equipment and other unknowns. This includes a calculated and thoughtful scrutiny into the implications of integrating artificial intelligence into this process of warfighting.
    “This event is a part of the Army Campaign of Learning,” Johnson said. “These experiments provide an additional series of data points to identify capability gaps and the knowledge to recommend solutions to those gaps. These experiments are an extremely important venue to provide senior leaders insights for the protection and sustainment of MDO 2028.”
    After the experiment, these ideas and solutions will be analyzed by a community of experts and analysts to determine what worked and what didn’t. This, in turn, will lead to recommendations to senior Army leaders on what needs to move forward into further concept development and then eventually into the future of the Army.
    The battle lab looks for the best ideas for the future force, evaluates them rigorously and begins the efforts to design the Army against them.
    Unified Challenge is one of the ways the Army Capabilities Integration Center continues to examine the requirements needed to build the force of the future, supporting the priorities set by the chief of staff of the Army.
    This experiment will inform the sustainment table-top exercise in March and set the stage by establishing the actions that must occur in the competition period to facilitate sustainment and protection functions during armed conflict.
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