DVIDS – News – As next step in modernization experimentation, Project Convergence adds multinational partners to Mission Partner Environment


As the Project Convergence learning campaign progresses, U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) leaders hosted a de-risking event as a key step in adding multinational partners to modernization experiences.

For three weeks in February, network experts from AFC’s Joint Modernization Command (JMC) and Network Cross-Functional Team (CFT) met in Fort Bliss, Texas, and worked to create a mission partnership environment to allow multinational partners to access a common network for the project. Convergence experimentation.

Project Convergence (PC) is the Army’s first experience in the development of Joint Inter-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). PC uses current and future technologies with the goal of establishing machine-to-machine connections and decision tools to build a unified common operating picture (COP) and the networks required for all domain information and decision superiority.

In the most recent Project Convergence exercise with joint partners, the Army’s network and data capabilities provided the foundation to rapidly and continuously integrate, or “converge,” effects across all domains. Building on this progress, the Army is now focused on integrating joint and multinational partners into the Project Convergence network by designing the participant risk reduction architecture, standards, policies, and plan. and technology.

Lt. Col. Nate Saul, communications planner for Project Convergence in JMC’s Network Integration Division, said the initial PC risk reduction event with multinational participants was a success and laid the groundwork for communications exercises planned for the coming months that will more fully integrate the U.S. military. coalition and joint military partners.

“We’ve worked with our coalition partners, we’ve built the communication capabilities that we intended to build, and we’ve started to build the relationships that we need,” Saul said. “I didn’t expect to go as far as us. But we still have a lot of links to make and we still have a lot of communication exercises to do.

The Mission Partner Environment (MPE) being developed for Project Convergence is aligned with MPE efforts across the Army and Department of Defense, which seek to address past challenges of in coalition network with technical incompatibility and security. MPE uses a data-centric approach that enables partner countries to seamlessly connect and share information for faster decision-making.

“Multinational interoperability has three dimensions: technical (can we talk), procedural (how do we talk) and human (do we understand each other when we talk)? developing the human element associated with multinational interoperability, building mutual understanding and respect towards operational success. This event strengthened the Army’s partnership for Project Convergence and focused on the technical aspects as we build an expeditionary-grade mission partner environment.

The British and Australian armies participated in this first risk reduction event from their home stations, working odd hours to network with JMC, headquartered at Fort Bliss, Texas. British Interoperability Officer Lt. Col. Mark Foote said the event was an important first step as the British Army joins the piloting of Project Convergence.

“By successfully establishing transport and network connectivity with multinational partners, we have made significant progress towards a reliable mission partner network, which underpins the passage of data for a common operational picture of the coalition and the integrated fires – key to optimizing the sensor-decider-effector chain,” Foote said.

Australian Lt. Col. Stuart Purves, liaison officer with Army Futures Command, noted that the Australian and US armies already have a lot of experience working together and are highly interoperable.

“Project Convergence will allow us to be more integrated into a future battlespace while incorporating emerging technologies that leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and quantum across our combined capabilities” , Purves said. “Furthermore, it ensures that we can seamlessly move situational awareness and targeting data between respective militaries and the U.S. joint force to provide a combined decision-making advantage.”

Foote also focused on the way forward for the British and American armies, and what the continued experimentation of Project Convergence will mean for the future of warfare.

“The British Army is delighted to be part of Project Convergence, which gives us the opportunity to achieve our shared vision of being indispensable armies, modernized and ready to deploy, fight and win against all threats to around the world,” Foote said. . “This year, we will begin to aggressively transform our armies into more lethal and interoperable forces; The Convergence project is just the first step in a long-term campaign of collaborative learning. »

Now that the first major milestone has been reached, the Project Convergence learning campaign will continue throughout the year with other network risk reduction events, laboratory risk reduction at the Joint Systems Integration Laboratory (CJSIL) and field communications exercises, all leading up to a wrap-up event in the fall.

Date taken: 03.11.2022
Date posted: 03.11.2022 09:59
Story ID: 416270
Location: FORT BLISS, Texas, USA

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