Joint Mission Capability Packages: The Future of Joint Combat
AIR COMBAT COMMAND LANGLEY AFB VA
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This paper will describe the Joint Mission Capability Package JMCP concept - a capabilities-based force package composed of existing weapon systems possessing interoperable information network equipment. These weapon systems combine to not only mitigate each others weaknesses, but become a powerful entity unto themselves through the synergy of their combined strengths. The Stryker F-16C JMCP is the first JMCP in development today. It advances several critical steps along the path to the future Joint Force. By using existing, fielded systems in a new way, it demonstrates the transformational concepts that are possible in the near term. By putting single service weapons systems together to form pre-planned capability-based force packages, it serves as a prototype for the future Joint Force in essence an operational laboratory. The capabilities possible with the combination of these two systems gives the joint commander enormous flexibility to conduct many missions currently unavailable to either system by itself, or even with current doctrinal cooperation methods. Many of the capabilities envisioned by the future Joint Force will be realized with this concept. The requirements for the JMCP concept will shape its organization and operation - providing a glimpse into one possible edge organization of the future.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems