94th AAMDC hosts communications tabletop exercise

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Roberts
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Anthony Robbins, advisor to American leaders, once said, “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world, and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command conducted a communications tabletop exercise at Fort Shafter Flats, Sept. 13-16. The exercise was facilitated by the Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager – Lower Tier, or TCM-LT, and as part of the collaborative effort of a tabletop series of events between Air and Missile Defense Branch and Fires Center of Excellence and the Signal Center of Excellence. 

The exercise brought together nearly 60 personnel from 15 different military organizations, both inside and outside the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, at the action officer and planner level for the first ever AAMDC Communications TTX.

Brig. Gen. Jeffery Underhill, commanding general, 94th AAMDC, said the purpose of the exercise was to identify critical communications capabilities, which support engagement operations, and force operations to accomplish mission command for 2010-2015.  

The unit served as the Deputy Area Air Defense commander, Theater Army Air and Missile Defense coordination, and commander of ADA brigades and formations.     

The exercise focused on ways to identify AMD combined, joint and Army gaps; and doctrinal mitigation procedures found in current Army, joint, theater and combined networks, specifically the Army AMD’s ability to keep pace and stay compatible with future LandWarNet / Warfighter Information Network-Tactical or digital capabilities in the near future.      

Col. Reynold Palaganas, assistant chief of staff, communications, 94th AAMDC, said the TTX’s methodology was to take a “snapshot” of selected joint-operational-area defense designs, from PACOM designated plans, during an operational phase.  

This was the first of five major overarching TCM-LT tabletop objectives. 

Additionally, the 94th highlighted the importance of building partnership capacity via theater security cooperation plans, and looked at what interoperability communications planning and coordination challenges it faced while working with partners in a JOA environment.               

The second objective of the exercise was recognizing the need to understand the ability of organic and theater communications support resources to meet requirements. 

The third objective was to identify critical communications, interoperability and integration required capabilities, identify gaps and propose possible solutions for mitigating the gaps. 

The fourth objective was for TCM-LT to use the 94th’s TTX results to leverage future battle lab experiments, which would test and validate proposed solutions or mitigation strategies. 

The final objective was to input these findings to the AMD communications migration strategy for leadership review and action. 

The TTX provided the 94th AAMDC with an opportunity to work through requests for information and update contingency planning documents.

The intent, according to Palaganas, “was to highlight a potential, deployable, high-capacity communications solution for enhancing AMD force operations and engagement operations by featuring these capabilities.”

He also noted the communications TTX was “very productive – an eye opener for all who participated.   

“The information exchange and interaction in the working groups provided attendees (with) an invaluable insight and appreciation into the complexity of joint, interagency and multinational AMD communications support requirements and challenges, (and) planning and execution of multiple contingencies,” he said. 

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