DOD, allies will train under common architecture

DOD, allies will train under common architecture

To achieve battlefield interoperability, the Defense Department will conduct joint training exercises that link air, water and land forces in one common picture'not just ad hoc, but permanently.

Deputy DOD secretary Paul Wolfowitz has signed a policy establishing the Joint National Training Capability, with $1.3 billion in funding from fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2009. JNTC, mandated by the 2001 Defense Planning Guidance, will be a global network linking live fire ranges to computers and simulators. Ultimately, the network will extend to coalition and allied forces.

The common architecture will connect several Defense joint warfighting and training centers. The first test of the joint capabilities will come in January, DOD officials said yesterday at an Alexandria, Va., briefing sponsored by National Training Systems Association.

Paul W. Mayberry, deputy undersecretary for readiness, said the department must change the way it trains because of shifts in the global security environment.

'Times have changed, and our past methods, although successful, must change to adapt to new threats,' Mayberry said.

The individual military services do fine training, Mayberry said, but a lack of joint training has resulted in missteps in battle, such as friendly fire incidents and poor battlefield communications.

DOD is not looking for a single large contractor to develop the single architecture, but rather numerous small contractors that each build a piece of it, officials said.

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