AUSA NEWS: Challenge Convergence ’21 to Check Greater than 100 Applied sciences
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Military officers will check greater than 110 applied sciences and 7 use circumstances over the course of the subsequent month at Challenge Convergence, stated the top of Futures Command Oct. 12.
Organizers of the Military’s “marketing campaign of studying” that began final yr at Yuma Proving Floor, Arizona, will broaden the quantity of applied sciences they’re experimenting with, in addition to enhance the variety of use circumstances from three to seven, stated Gen. John “Mike” Murray, commanding basic of Military Futures Command.
Challenge Convergence is the Military’s annual experiment to find higher methods to attach sensors and shooters, contributing to the Pentagon’s total joint all-domain command and management effort often called JADC2. The info and communications applied sciences that survive the experimentation will advance to a program of document as quickly as doable, Murray stated.
“We’ll go into Challenge Convergence ’21 with a watch in the direction of applied sciences which can be mature sufficient and confirmed sufficient … that we [can] start to spin out these applied sciences both straight right into a program government officer or a program supervisor, or to an trade accomplice to scale for us,” he stated throughout a panel on the annual Affiliation of the US Military’s convention in Washington, D.C.
The experiment will contain about 5,000 individuals from throughout the Joint Power. It is going to happen at a number of places, together with Yuma Proving Floor; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; White Sands Missile Vary, New Mexico; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Joint use circumstances will embrace joint all-domain situational consciousness, air and missile protection and long-range precision fires. The opposite 4 use circumstances will characteristic autonomous techniques and automatic goal recognition techniques, Murray stated.
Lt. Gen. James Richardson, deputy commander of Futures Command, stated Challenge Convergence will make use of 300 information collectors at eight completely different places to offer updates on how every expertise measures up.
One lesson realized from the earlier yr’s train was to create a single community on which to combine all science-and-technology laboratories, he stated. This allowed Futures Command to run exams on how each bit of expertise would work collectively earlier than taking it to the experimentation space.
“We simply got here out [of] two weeks of prep for the train — I do not know what we might have finished if we had not taken all of the 110 applied sciences, seven use circumstances [and] run them on this laboratory,” he stated. “It could have been very painful.”
Experimentation will assist preserve valuable Military sources, he famous.
“It is good to name the ball and name the ball early,” he stated. “Do not waste cash. Put the cash in what works.”
To raised check how effectively the sensors work within the subject, Challenge Convergence can even measure their skill to relay info in degraded environments, he famous.
Plans for Challenge Convergence in 2022 and 2023 are already underway. In 2023, and presumably 2022, Futures Command will conduct experimentation within the Pacific, African and European theaters, Murray famous.
“Constructing coalition interoperability into [JADC2] from the very starting … goes to be important to maintain our allies and companions with us,” he stated.
Subjects: Military Information