JUST IN: Army Testing Interoperability in Joint Exercises with France, UK
General Michael Garrett (right), commander-in-chief of US Army Command, receiving a briefing during Warfighter 21-4 exercise in Fort Hood, Texas.
US Army Photo by Sergeant. Evan Ruchotzke
US Army Command recently completed a joint exercise with Britain and France in which allies are working together to improve interoperability, the command chief said on April 16.
The event – known as Warfighter 21-4 – is the premier multinational warfare exercise with the tactical divisions of the US, British and French Army’s, said General Michael Garrett. Thousands of troops participated at various bases including Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Grafenwoehr, Germany, according to the Army.
“This is a computer simulation driven event, and we are doing this to train our divisions and corps … in large-scale ground combat operations,” Garrett told reporters during a virtual Defense Writers Group event. partners will always be very important to us and training with them, getting a better understanding of the requirements and challenges of interoperability makes us stronger, “he said.
FORSCOM is the Army’s largest commando with about 740,000 troops, said Garrett. Commandos are responsible for training and preparing troops to build and maintain readiness to meet combatant commando requirements.
On April 15, Garrett participated in the final exercise after action review where he was briefed and analyzed the event. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic poses special challenges for participants to overcome, he said.
“What we have done over the last year – and what we do every day – is continue to master our ability to operate in a COVID environment and when I talk to the French leadership and the British leadership I don’t lose all the things they have to do. to exercise, to meet our training goals … [and] do it in a safe way, “said Garrett.
Although there were no “big surprises” during the event, the Army expanded its knowledge of interoperability requirements, he said. “This exercise shows us where we may not be able to operate the way we need to,” he said.
During the event, the US Army also undertook an unprecedented number of actions including placing US brigades under a French division, Garrett said.
“As we continue to unravel this, there will be lots of useful lessons that will help drive future practice so we can improve the interoperability that’s already out there,” he said.
Topics: Game Modeling Simulation and Training