Secretary of Defense Visits Joint Forces Command
February 23, 2007
(SUFFOLK, Va. Aca,!" Feb. 22, 2007) Aca,!"- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made his first visit to U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) today to participate in a program to gain an understanding of the how the command supports the warfighter.
In his first visit to Hampton Roads since becoming secretary Dec. 18, Gates spent a few hours speaking with key USJFCOM leaders to get an initial look at the commandAca,!a,,cs mission and capabilities.
After being greeted at the Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) helipad by USJFCOM Commander Air Force Gen. Lance Smith, Gates and his staff proceeded to the nearby Joint Futures Laboratory (JFL) where Smith and USJFCOM Deputy Commander Army Lt. Gen. Bob Wood gave him an introduction to the command.
Senior leaders then provided demonstrations of various USJFCOM capabilities, facilities, and organizations.
Gates saw examples of USJFCOMAca,!a,,cs work in modeling and simulation when he saw the Joint Semi-Automated Forces, Joint Analysis System and Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation in action.
This was followed by a briefing on joint training by Commander of the Joint Warfighting Center and USJFCOM's Director of Joint Training Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya at the JWFC.
Gates also received an overview of the commandAca,!a,,cs work on capability development and its role as the joint command and control portfolio manager.
Other transformational systems and organizations the secretary saw included the:
Aca,!Ac Cross Domain Collaborative Information Environment;
Aca,!Ac Joint Intelligence Operational Center Aca,!" Transformation, and the
Aca,!Ac Joint National Training Capability.
Command leaders also discussed other elements of the mission of the command such as developing joint capabilities and providing forces to commanders around the world with the secretary.
At the conclusion of the tour, Smith escorted Gates to the VH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he arrived in. From Suffolk, he left for the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk.