United States Air Force The airmen of 505th Command and Control Wing at Kirtland Air Force BaseNew Mexico and Beale AFBCalifornia, supported the of the US Navy ninth iteration of exercise Valiant Shield 22 last month.


VS Field Training Exercises are biennial joint exercises focused on improving integration between U.S. forces by conducting joint domain operations at sea, on land, in the air and in cyberspace.


US Indo-Pacific Command the headquarters staff deployed a joint force headquarters to Andersen AFB, Guam, for the 12-day exercise. VS 22 provided a venue to support the demonstration of USINDOPACOM’s forward presence in the Western Pacific, while supporting the testing of current and new technologies and platforms, to advance critical areas such as multi-intelligence, artificial intelligence and long-range shooting experiments.


The exercise took place in the Joint Marianas Area of ​​Operations, including Palau, Naval Base Guam, Andersen AFB and the Mariana Islands Offshore Complex, with some training events also taking place. place in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The exercise balanced real-world assurance with competitive overreaching for the theater’s rapid supply campaign strategy.


“This exercise was the perfect opportunity to conduct integrated deterrence, which was the cornerstone of our approach,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robb Chadwick, joint exercise VS 22 control group director.


For this year’s event, the USINDOPACOM Commander sponsored Joint All-Domain Command and Control’s first-ever live flight launch, or JADC2, best-of-breed demonstration, where service components had the ability to execute their own vision using current technology to turn concepts into reality. JADC2 is the from the Ministry of Defense vision of a future command and control structure that connects the battlespace to all domains.


605th Test and Evaluation SquadronDetachment 3, Airmen at Joint Mission Control Center, Beale AFBinformed the USAF’s approach to achieving its contribution to JADC2, the Advanced Combat Management System, during VS 22. CMCC’s direct support to combatant commanders provides the most comprehensive situational understanding of operations while enabling them synchronize multi-domain effects.


“These demonstrations are critical to the transformation and dissemination of targeting and intelligence information to achieve the goal of sensor-to-shooter connections,” said USAF Lt. Col. Mikita Brown, 605th TES, Det 3 commander , Beale AFB, Calif.


During the exercise, the CMCC enhanced real-world situational awareness by powering the joint force by detecting, locating, tracking and directing the engagement of units at sea, on land, in the air and in cyberspace.


The CMCC provided capabilities to improve critical C2 and battlespace awareness functions, including: keeping the target over the horizon on distributed C2 nodes, reducing the time required for updates electronic orders of battle and rapid dissemination of enemy locations from Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, or ISR, capabilities such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the Raytheon Multi-Program Testbed, or RMT- 727.


“CMCC’s open mission architecture was critical to enable multi-intelligence data correlation with the U.S. Army Multi-Domain Task Force and U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Fire Battalions,” said Brown said. “The CMCC successfully conducted an operational test of the operational prototype to identify areas of acceleration while measuring the accuracy provided by its machine-to-machine technology during complex ISR collection and targeting problem sets centered on the largest JADO from USINDOPACOM. [joint all-domain operations] initiative.”


Brown continued, “Valiant Shield 22 has made vital progress for both JADC2 stakeholders, allowing them to see advanced demonstrations in an operationally realistic environment. Integrating CMCC technology into a modernized C4I [command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence] architecture extensive operational options to stream fast access to exquisite ISR streams in multi-domain CTPs [Common Tactical Pictures] and C.I.P. [Common Intelligence Pictures] for machine-to-machine solutions.


Additionally, the 505th CCW participated in VS 22 from Kirtland AFBNew Mexico, where the 705th Combat Training Squadronalso known as the Distributed Mission Operations Center, responded quickly and effectively to a USINDOPACOM Commander’s requirement to support Valiant Shield 22 with live, virtual, and constructive joint capabilities.


In an early proof of concept that was directly applauded by the US Navy’s Commander INDOPACOM, the DMOC incorporated joint LVC capabilities into the exercise by hosting an E-8 JSTARS crew from the 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron and an MQ-9 crew from the 89th Attack Squadron, connecting them to exercise through the USN’s continuing education environment. These crews successfully tracked and engaged enemy shipping, which greatly contributed to the overall objectives of the exercise.


“705th CTS achievements during Valiant Shield provided realistic tactical ISR and kinetic actions using MQ-9 and JSTARS [Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft] in the maritime environment,” according to USAF Lt. Col. Michael Butler, commanding officer, 705th CTS, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. “We have integrated chat, Link-16 tracks and electro-optical video which have significantly improved C2 processes in JWAS [Joint War at Sea] operations against threats, including high-end Tier 1 and Tier 2 surface combatants.”


Butler continued: “In recognition of the DMOC’s seamless integration at short notice, both operationally and technically, into a combat commander’s exercise architecture, Admiral Aquilino [U.S. Navy INDOPACOM commander] added “Joint” to Joint War at Sea.


Planning for the execution of Valiant Shield 2024 has already begun; incorporating lessons learned from VS 22 will enhance the ability of USINDOPACOM joint forces to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.