Track 1: Joint/Combined

BG Brian Donahue, USA, CENTCOM

Col James Turner, USMC, CENTCOM

Highlighting the challenges in Combined Joint Operations Area - Afghanistan (CJOA-A) leveraging LandWarNet capabilities to meet these challenges today and into the future.  This track consists of presentations and discussions that outline or expound on the unique aspects of COIN operations in an extended campaign in the Joint/Combined/Coalition environment. One of the unique aspects of this track is that the requirements and solutions are evolving on a daily basis.  This track will include an overview of the problem set in Afghanistan, a description of the operational context, the current C4ISR posture, and the application of the tenets approved by Generals McChrystal, Odierno, and Petraeus and how this will enable the warfighter in CJOA-A and serve as a model for Joint/Combined/Coalition operations of the future.

  Tuesday, 3 August 2010
1015 - 1130

Task Force – 236

Speaker:  COL Mike Allen, TF-236 Lead

Describe the network assessment and circumstances that led to the establishment of TF 236.  Define the framework in which TF-236 coordinates and synchronizes network related efforts of all external organizations in support of CJOA-A through an integrated CENTCOM CCJ2, CCJ3, and CCJ6 approach.  Define TF 236 functions as a supporting command to CJOA-A to perform a U.S. and coalition C4/ISR integration function to minimize – if not eliminate the integration burden passed on to CJOA-A.  Define the mechanism TF 236 established and implemented to translate COMISAF network related priorities into an action plan.

1400 - 1515

Operational Context

Speaker:  BG Brian Donahue – CCJ6

Define how the operational environment of the current fight in Iraq and Afghanistan fits within the operational context of the joint phasing model.  Define the transitional nature of key network authorities, responsibilities and functions through each phase of any operation.  Describe the lessons learned from OIF and OEF that must drive doctrinal changes for the “next fight” to avoid revisiting many of the network related challenges in the current fight. 

  Wednesday, 4 August 2010
0945 - 1100

Afghan Mission Network

Speaker:  BG Brian Donahue – CCJ6

Describe the operational necessity in Afghanistan that drove the change of the network norm for coalition operations.  Highlight the challenges associated with the establishment of this new coalition network norm and the efforts executed to successfully implement this change – not only during ongoing combat operations - but during a surge or NATO “uplift”. 

1500 - 1615

Understanding the Challenge

Speakers: BG Brian Donahue – CCJ6

Describe the network related challenges in the coalition, counter-insurgency (COIN), campaign fight in Afghanistan.  Define the efforts taken to overcome the challenges and the relevance to the “next fight” in CENTCOM or any other Geographic Combatant Commander’s AOR. 

1630 - 1745

Understanding the Challenge - continued

Speaker:  BG Brian Donahue – CCJ6

Operationalizing cyber space in a coalition, counter-insurgency (COIN), campaign fight.

  Thursday, 5 August 2010
1000 - 1130

“Revamped” NETOPS Framework

Speaker:  BG Brian Donahue – CCJ6

Describe operational necessity and logic that drove the complete “revamping” of the NETOPS framework to effectively deliver network dependent capabilities to enable the operational commander’s intent.  Describe how the NETOPS tenets were applied to meet the current fight in Afghanistan and define the value of revamped framework to the “next fight”.


A cumulative review of key issues and highlights from the Track’s presentations will follow this discussion.