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Role of demonstration in the rapid force projection initiative: model, test, model philosophy
Author(s): Richard A. Gallman
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Paper Abstract

The Rapid Force Projection Initiative (RFPI) is a Technology Program which encompasses the development and test of advanced technologies which will be applied to solutions for the U.S. Army early entry forces. The RFPI hunter/standoff killer concept is a new operational concept for the U.S. Army which focuses on a "system of systems" composed of forward sensors (hunters) and advanced technology weapon systems (standoff killers). These elements will be integrated through a robust command, control, and communications (C3) architecture within the current brigade force structure. To develop a proper integration architecture, a series of progressive tests and simulation activities are envisioned. This approach, coupled with extensive simulation efforts, is based on the Model - Test - Model philosophy. The initial test, the RFPI Early Version Demonstration (EVD), was held at Redstone Arsenal, AL, in September 1994.

The EVD demonstrated hunter-standoff killer connectivity, rapid target acquisition and data transfer over the current brigade communications asset, and the integration of forward sensors with Army weapon systems into the RFPI "system of systems". EVD further provided the user community with an early opportunity to see the RFPI system of systems concept in operation. Through the use of surrogates of developmental technologies, not sufficiently mature to support field testing, participants had the opportunity to exercise their systems against a typical opposing force. This paper discusses the conduct and results of the EVD, provides preliminary user responses to the demonstration of this new operational concept, and provides insights into the planned RFPI Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Advanced Warfighting Experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10281, Technologies for Advanced Land Combat: A Critical Review, 102810Q (17 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205540
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Richard A. Gallman, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10281:
Technologies for Advanced Land Combat: A Critical Review
Emily H. Vandiver; Gerald R. Lane; Thomas A. DuBois, Editor(s)

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