Challenge 2002 (MC02) brought together both live field
exercises and computer
simulation July 24-Aug. 15, 2002. Sponsored by U.S. Joint
Forces Command (USJFCOM), MC02 focused on how a U.S. explores
the military's ability to conduct Rapid
Decisive Operations (RDO) against a determined adversary.
represented a critical building block of future military transformation.
will incorporate elements of all military services, most functional/regional
commands and many DoD organizations and federal agencies.
The Secretary of Defense has directed that participants involve
elements representative of their future force concepts such
as the Air Force's Expeditionary
Aerospace Force, the Army's medium-weight brigades and
the Navy's "Forward From the Sea" vision.
are the objectives of MC02?
MC02 simulated a high-end, small-scale contingency that
had the potential to escalate to a major theater war and:
the extent to which a joint force is able to implement
the principles outlined in Joint Vision 2020 through:
Establishing and maintaining information/knowledge
the conditions for decisive operations
access into and through the battle space
itself as it conducts synchronized non-contiguous
improved joint training capabilities through experimentation
goals and objectives for future USJFCOM transformation
recommendations for current doctrine, organization,
materiel, leadership, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF)
in order to more effectively use our current major
by developing and adapting a new set of principles.
warfighter concerns were addressed by MC02?
Given the capabilities of the joint force and a major regional
threat in the 2007 period, MC02 was designed to determine
to which we can:
a knowledge network through concepts such as Common
Relevant Operational Picture (CROP) and Joint
Interactive Planning (JIP)
joint command and control (C2) functions and Joint Intelligence
Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) capabilities
access and then sustain a distributed, non-contiguous
operation without relying on fixed bases adjacent to the
full-dimensional and time definite superiority for selected
forces and actions within the battle space of the RDO
simultaneous, joint tactical actions throughout the battlespace
that are based on a shared understanding of both the tactical
and operational situation.
do experiments like MC02 apply to current operations?
experimentation is an ongoing process that improves our
interoperability and allows more effective use of our resources.
MC02 was designed
to maximize our joint warfighting capability in this decade
and minimize materiel adjustments to our current military
resources. Insights gained over the past several years are
already making a difference in our national defense; recent
operations have demonstrated our enhanced joint interoperability.
will this help transform the military?
Joint experimentation fosters
an operational, decision-making culture in the defense of
our nation by exploring the threats of tomorrow today. The
basic premise is that critical decisions on future military
doctrine, organization and technology should be based on solid
empirical results. We are exploring the future of national
defense in order to provide better information for national
security decision makers. National defense transformation
begins with aggressively setting the joint context for concept
development and robust joint experimentation.
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