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Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment underway

by Capt. Larry van der Oord
Global Cyberspace Integration Center Public Affairs

4/14/2008 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- The Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008 third quarter event kicked off here April 14 and will run through April 25 after two years of planning and preparation by Air Force officials.

Global Cyberspace Integration Center officials here will lead the experiment with participation from sister services, coalition nations, combatant commands and government agencies to assess initiatives to fulfill identified gaps in warfighting capability.

The focus areas for Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008, or JEFX 08-3, include distributed theater operations, globally linked air and space operation centers, cyberspace and unit-level command and control.

JEFX 08-3 will feature a live-fly scenario and employ 33 aircraft on the Nevada Test and Training Range for a total of 162 sorties over the two-week period.

"The live-fly event will be critical to successfully assessing the operational utility and technical performance of IP-based airborne networking and the experiment initiatives," said Col. Stephen Moulton, the GCIC modernization and innovation director.

One highlight of the JEFX 08-3 live-fly will be a demonstration of downloading data from an F-22 Raptor to leverage its tremendous sensor capabilities as a force multiplier for fourth generation fighters and as a future enabler for enhanced effects-based planning at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center.

JEFX 08-3 will explore eight different initiatives and involve 720 participants including assessors, controllers and support members operating from 14 locations.

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