Army fine-tunes missile defense C3
- By George I. Seffers
- Aug 25, 2000
The Army Space Command recently completed a joint battle planning exercise
designed to fine-tune national missile-defense command, control and communications,
the service announced Thursday.
The Aug. 16 exercise was the eighth in a series sponsored by the U.S. Space
Command and was held at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's Joint
National Test Facility.
The exercises were conducted at the joint facility to take advantage of
the operational software and analytical tools. The facility focuses on interservice,
interoperability and integration aspects of the national and theater missile-defense
"Today's exercise had two purposes. Our first goal was to examine the importance
and impact of the rules of engagement. Our second goal was to give those
of us in the operational community a chance to practice making critical
operational decisions using the current version of the national missile-defense
battle management software," said Maj. Tom Anderson, an official with the
Army Space Command's plans division, in a written statement.
"This exercise was important because it focused our attention on ways the
national command authorities might use a national missile-defense system
to counteract a wide range of possible threats to North America, both intentional
and accidental. The exercise also revealed a lot of policy work that remains
to be done on engagement and doctrine," said Lt. Col. Stephen Sovaiko, who
is assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command's Cheyenne Mountain
Operation Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.