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Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE)

What is it?

Since 2004, The Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) (formerly Air Assault Expeditionary Force) managed by the Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL) at Fort Benning, Ga., in coordination with TRADOC Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), conducts experiments through live force-on-force and constructive, virtual-land simulations. AEWE provides a repeatable, credible, validated venue for network-enabled small unit experimentation focused on emerging technologies and concepts in a live field environment providing operational insights across the DOTMLPF supporting AEWE Campaign Objectives and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) for the current and future force.

What has the Army done?

Live experimentation at Fort Benning, called Spirals, are providing infrastructure, maneuver area, and fully instrumented ranges and facilities conducting a distributed/dispersed experiment over a 225-square-mile training area. AEWE experiment objectives support critical Army efforts meeting the challenges of finding ways to shorten material development, supporting the evolution of relevant doctrine and TTP's, and supporting both the current force/fight while examining future force requirements and constructs through a linked campaign of experimentation.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Spiral E will inform Future Combat System (FCS) to Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) acceleration, inform PM-FCS, Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID) and PM Land Warrior on weight, power, form-fit protection of the Experiment Force (EXFOR) Soldier load, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) integration; provide Soldier feedback on protection and power, enhanced night vision capability for PM-FCS, FFID, and PM Land Warrior; inform and validate the optimum manning, organization, and structure of the company to PM-FCS, FFID, PM Land Warrior and TCM-Soldier; provide input to PM-FCS on the optimum mix/allocation of UAS at Battalion and below; inform FFID and PM-FCS on the impact of UAS at company level; develop TTPs for Battle Command Systems, UAS, UGV, and Unmanned Ground Sensors (UGS) supporting doctrine and training development to inform AEWE strategic partners; provide insights to FCS to IBCT on BOIP, DOTMLPF issues/questions, and Warfighting issues/questions.

Why is this important to the Army?

AEWE is important to the Army because recently, TRADOC extended the original four-year campaign of experimentation through Spiral J (Fiscal year 2013). Present experiment schedule is now through December 2008 focusing on 40 technologies culminating with an Open House/VIP day on Dec. 10-11, 2008 at Fort Benning, Ga. AEWE continues to benefit the Army throughout the campaign and is postured to continue, with planning for Spiral F already under way.

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