94th AAMDC participates in joint service, international war game

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Republic of the Marshall Islands — A 94th AAMDC Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor is launched, Sept. 10, 2013, during a successful test. 

Photo courtesy 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command
KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Republic of the Marshall Islands — A 94th AAMDC Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor is launched, Sept. 10, 2013, during a successful test.

Sgt. 1st Class Karry James
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) joined Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Japanese forces, recently, at the 613th Air and Space Operations Center for a weeklong war game exercise that is considered a test bed for advancing bilateral air and missile defense.

The Integrated Air Missile Defense (IAMD) war game series is a Navy War College exercise that is conducted by invitation only.

The exercise was set up to be led by flag and general officers that formed a bilateral operational command, here, and at Yokota Air Force Base Air Operations Center (AOC).

Japan Air Self Defense Force Maj. Gen. Yutaka Masuko, director of the Defense Plans and Operations directorate at the Air Defense Command headquarters, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Ryo Sakai, commanding officer of Escort Flotilla One, led the team of Japanese air and missile defense planners during the exercise. The 613th AOC of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) hosted the event.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Planners from the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces engage in missile defense planning during the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Wargame V in the 613th Air Operations Center , here, Feb. 13. The exercise centered around building relationships between the joint U.S. team and Japan's military forces to overcome regional security challenges.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Planners from the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces engage in missile defense planning during the Integrated Air and Missile Defense
Wargame V in the 613th Air Operations Center , here, Feb. 13. The exercise centered around building relationships between the joint U.S. team and Japan’s military forces to overcome regional security challenges.

“The goal of this exercise is to continue bilateral integration between our two nations to promote the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region,” said Maj. Gen. Kevin Pottinger, mobilization assistant to the PACAF commander. “Integration and ally engagements are keys to the success of mutual defense of Japan and continued free access to the Global Commons.”

The event is a continuation of previous exercises that provide opportunities for members from each nation to work together as well as enabling important joint U.S. training. Bilateral engagements are central to U.S. and Japanese shared goals of security and regional stability, according to Pottinger.

“We have made great progress working with our Japanese allies to enhance the integration of our air and missile defense operations,” Pottinger said. “This exercise strengthened our highly synchronized, bilateral control of integrated air and missile defense.”

PACAF took the lead in using the exercise to further develop staff capabilities here in the Pacific region and invited several of the region’s top IAMD community personnel, including the 94th AAMDC to participate.

“This exercise allows us to address our joint and combined partners in a focused environment on matters regarding integrated air and missile defense issues,” said Lt. Col. James Reese, plans and exercises chief, 94th AAMDC. “The fact that the Navy War College is working aggressively to truly get at the joint and combined approach to this fight is important.”

IAMD exercises have been occurring during the past seven years. Every year, another level of complexity has been added to the exercise, with additional cooperation and participation by coalition partners.

“By operating so closely together, we are not only furthering relations at the individual level, but we are building partner capacity at the operational level,” said Reese. “We all understand the application of doctrine in exercises like this. The importance to me is the nuance of applying the doctrine while operating with a partner military with its own cultural aspects.

“Their decision cycles are different than ours, and it is educational in understanding this and incorporating it into our own processes,” Reese added.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul McGuillicuddy, chief of staff, PACAF, said in a letter that the exercise advances counter-air operations, as well as strengthens the U.S.’s bilateral partnership with Japan.

(Editor’s note: Air Force Capt. Justin Billot wrote a portion of this article.)

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