Distributed Mission Operations: Training Today's Warfighters for Tomorrow's Conflicts
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Adequately training war fighters of the twenty-first century requires integrated joint-service training in environments of contested and degraded operations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the historical development of distributed mission operations, including the effectiveness of U.S. war fighter training in a distributed mission environment to meet current and future training requirements. The scenario-based methodology is employed to examine current distributed mission operations capabilities and develop future applications that will suitably address the concerns of limited training venues. The analysis will illustrate that distributed mission operations can provide training in an environment of contested degraded operations without the limitations observed due to safety considerations in live event environments. Additionally, the analysis reveals that distributed mission operations can overcome the fiscal limitations of live joint-integrated training and improve quality of life for U.S. war fighters. Recommendations include an investment in the overall distributed mission operations enterprise to ensure virtual environments across the Services can effectively integrate in a distributed environment and the need for cyber force involvement in future enterprise efforts.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics