Joint National Training Capability Activities
What is it?
The Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) is a DOD program that adds joint/integrated context to existing Army and Combatant Commander (COCOM) training programs. It is accomplished through integrated live, virtual, and constructive training environment and prepares units, and commanders for operations in joint/integrated operational environments. JNTC can train against a general or mission focused threat; test doctrine, tactics, techniques, procedures, Joint Operational Concepts, and equipment. As the integrating environment, JNTC provides training to the full complement of defense, inter-agency and multi-national audiences. Active and reserve forces train in a realistic joint context with other Services and joint/integrated battle staffs. Battle staffs from joint, component, and tactical headquarters train and rehearse using real-world command and control systems, with tactical forces represented through simulation support.
What is the Army doing?
Training operational units on accredited joint tasks at the Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, KS; the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA; the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA; the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany, and U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Training Program at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Incorporating air and missile defense (AMD) units into existing joint Service training programs and exercises by accrediting and certifying the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) AMD Joint Kill Chain Exercise Program into the JNTC.
Partnering with the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Warfighting Center to conduct mission readiness exercises for senior-level headquarters in preparation for OIF/OEF through the Army’s Battle Command Training Program (BCTP).
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
In FY 08, the Army will focus its efforts towards mitigation of joint/integrated training deficiencies identified in the initial accreditation and certification of its JNTC programs at Army Training Centers. Additionally, JNTC will --
- Explore opportunities to increase the numbers of tasks trained at its JNTC accredited programs.
- Expand the training audience to include allies, coalition partners; local, state, and federal agencies; international, regional, and nongovernmental organizations.
- Begin to explore how JNTC can be leveraged to provide relevant and timely Joint context and enablers to home station training.
Why is this important to the Army?
JNTC, as part of the overall DOD Training Transformation Program, will assist the Army in employing ways and means to better prepare the soldiers, leaders, staffs and units for joint/integrated operations in the Contemporary Operating Environment. Our joint/integrated partners in these training events benefit from the experience and are better prepared to operate with Army forces. Through the JNTC, Combatant Commanders—the ultimate focal point for joint/integrated operations—will receive better prepared soldiers, leaders, units, staffs, and organizations that are aligned with their needs.