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U.S. Joint Forces Command (July 13, 2005): USJFCOM requests industry's involvement in creating capabilities for joint warfighters.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- With 48 percent of the world's population living in urban areas, joint and coalition warfighters need to be prepared to effectively act in urban environments. That premise served as the theme for a USJFCOM Focused Forum on Joint Urban Operations held at the Chesapeake Conference Center on July 13.

As U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) continues to train and equip joint warfighters for urban environments, command officials asked industry and academic leaders participating in the forum to listen to the command's joint urban operations requirements and deliver integrated capabilities.

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"When facing an enemy that doesn't care if a target is a military target or a non-military target, we need to think in a non-traditional way," said Air Force Maj. Gen. James Soligan, USJFCOM chief of staff. "We have lots of room to grow, and I challenge you to think in non-traditional ways" and develop capabilities for non-traditional urban environments.

According to Soligan, places like Fallujah provide traditional urban environments, but the Global War on Terror requires a focus on non-traditional urban environments like Madrid, Spain; and New York.

More than 300 industry and academic leaders listened to Soligan and other command officials outline USJFCOM's mission and how joint urban operations concepts and requirements fit into the command's mission.

During the focused forum, command officials gave attendees a large list of major joint urban operations areas of interest:

* Difficulties associated with identifying and targeting adversaries

* Command, control, and communications (C3) systems that operate reliably in urban environments and underground

* Platform and personnel navigation systems that operate reliably in urban environments and underground

* Multi-spectral and integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors capable of seeing through roofs, walls, structures, and vehicles at some standoff distance.

* Tags for individuals and vehicles to support tracking, identification, and targeting that operate reliably in urban environments and underground

* Processes and procedures to systematically engage subject matter experts and institutions to assess and evaluate political, military, economic, social, infrastructure, and information issues

* Ability to pick targets out of severe background clutter and a means to separate military targets from civilian look-alikes

* Ability to disguise sensors and deploy them in stealthy ways.

"We are serious about engaging industry," said Richard Carter, the science and technology advisor for USJFCOM's Joint Urban Operations office. "We believe you have technologies that we don't know about. We want to know how you would address these areas of interest."

Focused forums are generally followed by technology information exchanges (TIE), which are industry's opportunity to supply USJFCOM with capabilities briefings.

Colaizzi is with USJFCOM Public Affairs. For more information on USJFCOM, visit <http://www.jfcom.mil>.
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Author:Colaizzi, Jennifer
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