The Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) evaluated the capabilities of emerging electronic warfare technologies and Camp Shelby’s electronic warfare and cyber ranges at the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Adaptive Threat Force (ATF)’s Thunder Strike experiment June 14-16.
Over the three-day Thunder Strike event, warfighters immersed themselves in live experiments and engaged in real simulations using electronic warfare technologies to prepare against near-peer adversary threats and environments. In each combat rehearsal, platoon and company-level teams tested the capabilities of the cutting-edge technologies against force maneuvers and target-acquisition in multi-domain warfare scenarios.
“Just like America’s air superiority we must have electronic and cyber warfare superiority to win the future fight. Already a world class training center, with the right effort and focus Camp Shelby will be able to fully support all domain warfighter training ensuring the EW/CW battlefield advantage,” explained MSNG Brig. Gen. John C. Nipp.
Camp Shelby sprawls across 136,000 acres in south Mississippi, offering a Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) garrison with heavy- and light-maneuver areas for training over 120,000 Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine personnel annually.
ATF is a Department of Defense (DoD) program operated by NSIN that partners with military units to test and evaluate defense-innovation prototypes in a challenging environment. ATF is the only DoD innovation program of its kind that engages embedded experts to work alongside warfighters to solve complex issues.
ATF THUNDER STRIKE HIGHLIGHTS
Camp Shelby’s electronic warfare and cyber rangers offered warfighters real, dynamic training against near-peer-adversary threats. In the photo below, an M1 Abrams tank participating in the Thunder Strike experiment at Camp Shelby.
The MSNG prepares for ATF Thunder Strike.
Camp Shelby is one of five pilot sites for the U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment (STE) integration network. This network is transported across the Defense Research Engineering Network (DREN), which was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research Development Center (ERDC) out of Vicksburg, Mississippi. DREN capabilities connect Camp Shelby warfighters to legacy cyber test, evaluation, and training ranges. From the ground to the air, Camp Shelby’s STE is on the cutting edge of innovation. Mississippi is the only state in the nation where every training site is Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) certified. With a strategic port located in Gulfport, Mississippi, MSNG has a network of JNTC training sites across the state such as Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), Camp Shelby, Thompson Field, Key Field and Camp McCain, making it a premier location for brigade and below multi-domain experimentation and training.
National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) is a government program office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OSD(R&E)) that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.