HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. —
US Air Force aviators of the 505th Command and Control Wing a Kirtland Air Force BaseNew Mexico, and Beale Air Force BaseCalifornia supported the US Navy the ninth iteration of the Valiant Shield 22 exercise last month.
VS Field Training Exercises are biennial joint exercises focused on enhancing integration among U.S. forces by conducting joint domain operations at sea, on land, in the air, and in cyberspace.
US Indo-Pacific Command headquarters staff deployed a joint force headquarters to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for the 12-day exercise. VS 22 provided a venue to support the demonstration of USINDOPACOM’s forward presence in the Western Pacific, while supporting the testing of current and new technologies and platforms, to advance critical areas such as multiple intelligence, artificial intelligence, and long-range fire experiments. .
The exercise was conducted in the Marianas Joint Region area of operations, which includes Palau, Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base and the offshore Mariana Island Range Complex, and was also they held some training events in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The exercise balanced real-world security with competitive outperformance for the theater’s rapid takeover campaign strategy.
“This exercise was the perfect opportunity to conduct integrated deterrence, which was the cornerstone of our approach,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick, director of the VS 22 Joint Exercise Control Group. .
For this year’s event, the commander of USINDOPACOM sponsored the first live launch of All Domains Joint Command and Control, or JADC2, a best-in-class demonstration, where service components had the opportunity to execute their own vision using current technology to turn concepts into reality. JADC2 is the Defense Department vision for a future command and control construct that connects the battlespace across domains.
605th Test and Evaluation SquadronDetachment 3, Airmen in the Common Mission Control Center, Beale Air Force Basereported the USAF’s approach to making its contribution to JADC2, the Advanced Battle Management System, during VS 22. The CMCC’s direct support to combatant commanders provides the most comprehensive situational understanding of operations while allowing them to synchronize the effects of multiple domains.
“These demonstrations are critical to the transformation and dissemination of intelligence and target information to achieve the goal of sensor-to-shooter connections,” said USAF Lt. Col. Mikita Brown, 605th TES, Det 3 commander, Beale AFB, California.
During the exercise, the CMCC enhanced real-world situational awareness by nurturing the joint force through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, on land, in the air, and in cyberspace.
The CMCC provided capabilities to enhance critical C2 functions and battlespace awareness, including: custody of over-the-horizon targets through distributed C2 nodes, decreased time required for electronic order of battle updates, and rapid dissemination of information. traditional and emerging intelligence enemy locations, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, or ISR, such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the Raytheon Multi-Program Testbed, or RMT-727.
“CMCC’s Open Mission Architecture was instrumental in enabling multi-intelligence data correlation with the US Army Multi-Domain Task Force and US Marine Corps Expeditionary Fire Battalions.” Brown said. “The CMCC successfully conducted operational testing of the operational prototype to identify throttling areas while measuring the accuracy provided by its machine-to-machine technology during complex ISR collection and targeting problem sets focused on USINDOPACOM’s largest JADO. [joint all-domain operations] initiative.”
Brown continued, “Valiant Shield 22 took vital steps for both JADC2 stakeholders, allowing them to see advanced demos in an operationally realistic environment. Incorporation of CMCC technology in a modernized C4I [command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence] The architecture expanded operational options to spread timely access of exquisite ISR sources in multi-domain CTP. [Common Tactical Pictures] and CIP [Common Intelligence Pictures] for machine-to-machine solutions.
Additionally, CCW 505 participated in VS 22 from Kirtland Air Force BaseNew Mexico, where the 705th Combat Training Squadronalso known as the Distributed Mission Operations Center, responded quickly and effectively to a USINDOPACOM commander’s requirement to support Valiant Shield 22 with live, virtual, and constructive joint capabilities.
In a first proof of concept that was directly applauded by the US Navy’s INDOPACOM commander, the DMOC integrated joint LVC capabilities into the exercise by hosting an E-8 JSTARS crew from the 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron and an MQ-9 crew from the 89th Attack Squadron, connecting them to the exercise through the USN Continuous Training Environment. These crews were able to successfully track and engage enemy shipping, greatly contributing to the overall objectives of the exercise.
“The 705th CTS’s accomplishments during Valiant Shield were to provide realistic ISR and tactical kinetic actions using MQ-9s and JSTARS. [Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft] in the maritime environment,” according to USAF Lt. Col. Michael Butler, commander of the 705th CTS, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. “We incorporated Chat, Link-16 tracks and electro-optical video that greatly improved C2 processes in JWAS [Joint War at Sea] operations against threats, including senior level 1 and 2 surface combatants.”
Butler continued: “In recognition of the DMOC’s near-term seamless integration both operationally and technically into a combatant commander exercise architecture, Admiral Aquiline [U.S. Navy INDOPACOM commander] added “Joint” to Joint Warfare at Sea.”
Planning for the Valiant Shield 2024 run has already begun; incorporating the lessons learned from VS 22 will enhance the ability of USINDOPACOM joint forces to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.