Battlefield Environment Technology Transfer during Digital Capstone Exercise II

Report No. ARL-TN-151
Authors: Eugene S. Barnes
Date/Pages: June 2002; 13 pages
Abstract: During Digital Capstone Exercise (DCX ) II, the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) employed the U.S. Army?s first digitized heavy division enabled by modern warfighting doctrine, structure, and systems, such as the Army Battle Command System (ABCS). The division conducted full-spectrum operations in a simulated environment requiring dominant maneuver, precision engagement, full dimension protection, leadership, and focused logistics. The objectives of DCX II were to (1) demonstrate warfighting capabilities, (2) demonstrate the integrated 4ID as the decisive element of the ground element in joint operations, (3) assess maturity of ABCS technologies, and (4) assess logistics support capability. DCX was a success for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Integrated Meteorological System (IMETS). First, we demonstrated we could effectively inject synthetic weather into the Model of the Day database in the field and produce results desired weather effects in the Integrated Weather Effects Decision Aid matching the desired Battle Command Training Plan weather scenario. Second, the equipment and software performed without major malfunctions. Third, the 4ID Weather Cadre led the way in showing the complete integration of ABCS and IMETS functions in support of a digital customer.
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2002