Concept Development and Experimentation

Tuesday August 28, 2007

What is it? Concept Development and Experimentation (CDE) is a campaign of learning supporting current and future force development through a two-path approach nested within U.S. Joint Forces Command's Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Campaign Plan. Concepts, developed and refined through wargames and experiments, are the basis for determining the capabilities required for the Future Combat Force.

What has the Army done?

- Developed and refined the Army Concept Development and Experimentation Campaign Plan
- Published The Army Operating Concept for Operational Maneuver 2015-2024 (TP 525-3-1)
- Published The Army Concept for Tactical Maneuver 2015-2024 (TP 525-3-2)
- Established a standing company-sized experimental force (EXFOR) at Fort Benning Ga. to support live, small-unit experimentation
- Fully supported Joint CDE, including joint concept development and participation in major joint and sister service experiments. Used the Capability Needs Analysis process to derive Army Warfighter Challenges to U.S. Joint Forces Command based on approved Joint concepts.
- Developed the Integrated Questions List, a repository of learning demands to support future and current force development, to shape the Army's campaign of learning and optimize constrained resources for studies and experimentation
- Conducted annual Unified Quest wargames, co-sponsored with U.S. Joint Forces Command and the United States Special Operations Command
- Conducted concept development and prototyping experiments addressing critical issues for the Future Combat Systems equipped BCT and the Future Modular Force

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- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

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