Magazine article National Defense

Simulations Bolster Command Post Exercise

Magazine article National Defense

Simulations Bolster Command Post Exercise

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A computer-simulated military exercise known as Ulchi Focus Lens (UFL)-involving staffs from the United States and Republic of Korea-this year presented a training scenario for U.S. and Korean naval, ground and air forces to defend the Korean Peninsula in the event of hostilities.

This command post exercise included 13,000 U.S. and 56,000 Korean military members. "This is the world's largest computer-simulated exercise," said Navy Capt. Tom G. Rubenstein, an officer at the U.S. 7th Fleet staff "Throughout the exercise, on board USS Blue Ridge and ashore in the Republic of Korea, all movement of troops, armor and supplies was simulated."

Rubenstein noted that the staffs would be tested in their "abilities to react to the simulated movements of hostile forces."

This year's UFL was the 25th such exercise. It simulates an accelerated timeline to compress the events of several months into the two-week exercise.

According to the scenario, the events are used as the background for a crisis situation that may bring on a state of war between North Korea and the Republic of Korea.

Although the simulation was derived from historical events in northeast Asia, 7th Fleet exercise coordinator Cmdr. Mark Welch pointed out that the content was modified to facilitate training and contained no real-world intelligence information.

The 1999 UFL was conducted under the direction of Army Gen. John H. Tilelli Jr., commander of the Republic of Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command. The Combined Naval Component Commander for the exercise was 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Walter F. Doran.

According to officials, this year's Ulchi Focus Lens featured new technical capabilities that enhanced its realism for all players.

Planners added two simulation systemsthe virtual Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System and the Air Force Synthetic Environment for Reconnaissance and Surveillance system. …

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