Concept Development and Experimentation

Thursday January 8, 2009

What is it?

Concept Development and Experimentation (CDE) is a learning campaign that supports current and future force development with U.S. Joint Forces Command, and other services. The plan is based on Army, priorities; Joint warfighter challenges; capabilities needs analysis; and DOD and Joint Staff guidance along with emerging ideas and technologies for creative, innovative approaches for current and future war fighting. Concepts, developed and refined through war games and experiments, are the basis for determining the doctrine, organizations, training, materiel and human capabilities required for the future modular force.

What has the Army done?

- Supported joint concept development and participation in major joint and sister service experiments.
- Conducted 14 experiments on critical issues such as battle command and counterinsurgency operations, and small unit experiments on networked lethality and survivability.
- The Human Dimension Study, TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-7-01 and the Human Dimension Concept, TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-7.
- TRADOC Pamphlet 525-5-300, Full Spectrum Operations, providing insights, observations, and recommendations from Unified Quest 07.
- The Army's Future Warfare Study Plan, Unified Quest 08, as part of the larger campaign of learning that included other services, agencies, and academia.
- Executing Unified Quest 09, "sustaining balance in the future force," with U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Joint Forces Command, to determine what capabilities and capacities can achieve decisive results through integrated civil and military components of landpower.
- Published TRADOC Pamphlet 525-5-500, Commander's Appreciation and Campaign Design, an innovative approach to understanding interactively complex adaptive problems before major operations.

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

CDE will continue concept development and prototyping. The Concept Development Path develops a concepts-based, joint future modular force using live, virtual and constructive experimentation to provide actionable recommendations, capturing new ideas for potential capabilities and to reduce future modular force development risk. The Army capstone concept will be revised and the Generating Force (GF) study developed in FY09, and CDE will continue to support the development of the capstone concept for joint operations. The Special Operations-General Purpose Force Operational Assessment will use Operational Iraqi Freedom as the baseline from which to identify future required capabilities.

Why is this important to the Army?

CDE supports the joint concept-based capabilities development system to investigate potential capabilities and reduce risk for the future modular force. The Army's future study plan, Unified Quest, offers the Chief of Staff, Army, and CG, TRADOC an opportunity to encourage high level dialogue inside the Army, across the services, with interagency partners and with others influential in shaping national security. The Special Operations-General Purpose Force Operational Assessment provides operating forces with critical considerations for future operations. Concept development and war gaming provide the lead ideas for Army capabilities development. CDE provides the intellectual underpinnings for current and future Army capabilities development in support of Army operating forces.


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