Mission Command Battle Lab Examines Transforming the Force

By Johnson, Calvin S.; Fischer, Carl E. | Army, September 2012 | Go to article overview
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Mission Command Battle Lab Examines Transforming the Force


Johnson, Calvin S., Fischer, Carl E., Army


Wanted: A modernized, expeditionary land force that can prevent conflict through influence, deterrence and credibility; shape the operational environment through enduring relationships with other armies; and win the nation's wars with trained, equipped and ready forces.

The Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) has directed the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to lead efforts to redesign the Army of 2020 as part of a larger effort to support changes in defense strategy. TRADOC will deliver the capabilities required to support the joint force and posture the Army to succeed in an era of constrained resources.

The Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) leads TRADOCs transformation efforts by developing concepts, technologies and formations that generate a lighter, more lethal, strategically responsive Army. Organizations throughout TRADOC are focusing on creating a land force capable of preventing conflict, shaping the environment and winning our nation's wars.

As the responsible agent for the requirements development associated with the modular and future corps, division, and mission command, the Combined Arms Center (CAO has charged the Mission Command Battle Lab (MCBL) to lead and support the ARCIC experimentation plan. The MCBL informs decisions and mitigates risk to current and future Army forces by examining and evaluating emerging concepts and technologies through experimentation, studies and prototyping, while informing the combat development and acquisition processes.

The MCBL, with the Army experimentation community of practice, uses the subjectmatter expertise of diverse partners and conducts objective analysis in multiple forums to examine Army 2020 concepts and evaluate mission command-related technology prototypes. Through this rigorous analysis, tailored partnering and developing new technology, joint and Army experimentation refines concepts and provides critical analysis for development of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) solutions for the force.

Essential Expertise

As it examines Army 2020 concepts and technologies, MCBL benefits from additional expertise originating outside TRADOC. These broad and diverse perspectives, fully framing the problems and providing and capturing holistic solutions, include:

* U.S. Department of State

* U.S. Transportation Command

* The Army Airborne Community

* The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

* The Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance

* U.S. Army Cyber Command

* Third U.S. Army

* U.S. Army Africa

* CAC's Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate

* U.S. Army TRADOC Analysis Center

* TRADOC Centers of Excellence

* U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command

* U.S.Navy

* U.S. Air Force

* U.S. Marine Corps

* The Army Special Operations Capabilities Integration Center.

This year, MCBL-led experimentation is focusing on Army 2020 initiatives set in a gain-and-maintain operational access (GAMOA) scenario as the Army seeks to design the land force envisioned by the CSA. Concepts and organizations being investigated include collapsing an echelon of command above division; developing the ability to rapidly establish and employ an Army-based joint task force for contingencies; regionally aligning corps, divisions and brigades; establishing engagement and advisory organizations and capabilities; proposing a reconnaissance and surveillance brigade; creating interdependence of special operations and conventional forces, and of Army and joint forces; and crafting new protection and medical organizations.

As TRADOC's integrative and mission command warfighting function battle lab, MCBL incorporates into experimentation concepts associated with the operations process, cyber and electromagnetic activities, inform-and-influence activities, and knowledge management.

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