Joint National Training Capability Activities

Tuesday July 3, 2007

What is it? The Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) is a Department of Defense program that adds joint context to existing Service and Combatant Command (COCOM) training programs. It is accomplished through an integrated live, virtual, and constructive training environment and prepares units, staffs, and commanders for operations in a joint environment. The JNTC can be used to train against a general threat; conduct mission rehearsals against a specific threat; or to test new doctrine, tactics, techniques, procedures, Joint Operational Concepts, and equipment. As the integrating environment, JNTC will provide training to the full complement of defense audiences. Active and Reserve forces from individual Services will be able to train in a realistic joint context with other Services and joint battle staffs. Battle staffs from joint, component, and tactical headquarters will train and rehearse using real-world command and control systems, with tactical forces represented through simulation support.

What has the Army done?
- Conditionally accredited and certified the four Army Combat Training Centers - the Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California; the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana; and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany.
- Partnered with the US Joint Forces Command Joint Warfighting Center at Suffolk, Virginia to conduct mission readiness exercises for senior-level headquarters in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
- Established Joint Training and Experimentation Network (JTEN) connectivity at nine installations.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future? In FY 07, the Army will focus its efforts towards mitigation of joint 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.
- Extend to a larger training audience, including allies and coalition partners; local, state, and federal agencies; and international, regional, and nongovernmental organizations.
- Enhance training opportunities by incorporating air and missile defense units into existing joint and other Service training programs and exercises. .

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.


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