The Army and several international partners made headway to achieve battlefield interoperability at EDGE 22 at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, but there is still plenty of work to be done to seamlessly tie allies and partners together in operations.
“We’re never going to fight as just a joint organization,” Army Brig. Gen. Jeth Rey, the director of the Network Cross-Functional Team, said this week. “We’re going to always have our coalition partners.”
“Our battle space is all connected,” said David Rohall with Lockheed Martin. “No longer just does a soldier talk to the soldier next to him, but the soldier is talking to the airmen who may be flying above.”
Four years into Army Futures Command, experts say the effort is on track, but they warn that leadership changes, potential budget cuts and a few contracting and technological hiccups could put it at risk.
Named for a harsh desert in the American southwest, General Atomics' newest unmanned aircraft is designed for greater endurance, greater payload and can take off and land using short, undeveloped strips of land.
For the second annual event in its "campaign of learning," the Army brought in technologies and operators from the other services to test their ability to implement Joint All-Domain Command and Control.