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The Air Assault Expeditionary Force (AAEF) Experiment: Examining the Impact of Technology on Battle Command Using Live, Virtual and Constructive Simulation

The AAEF Campaign of Discovery Experiments is the principal series of prototype discovery experiments conducted within the US Army. The campaign was originally approved for four annual excursions, 2004-2007, but has been tentatively extended through 2013.

Spiral C, the most recent event in the campaign, was third in the series of ten events, and was designed to examine, evaluate and implement, as appropriate, new technologies into today’s transforming forces. Using a combination of live, virtual and constructive elements, the Soldier Battle Laboratory at Ft. Benning, GA, is tasked with assessing the impact of technology on Battle Command, and other implications within the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) domains.

The experiment consisted of a live infantry company headquarters element; a live, MILES-equipped infantry platoon on the ground; a live battalion TAC; the remainder of the company elements represented in the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS);a green cell playing friendly adjacents and higher headquarters; and a white cell providing experiment over-watch and control.

ATEC provided the analytical lead, and was responsible for identifying and publishing the initial insights brief as well as generating the final report.

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