JCAT CORNER

By: CW5 Scott Brusuelas

Figure 1. JCAT Phase 1 Training Class.

The Joint Combat Assessment Team (JCAT) held its annual Phase 1 training event 6–10 January 2020 at Fort Rucker, AL. In all, 25 personnel (10 Army, 7 Navy, and 8 Air Force members) received an introduction to aircraft combat damage collection and assessment techniques. The Phase 1 graduates  (shown in Figure 1) will now move on to Phase 2 training. Congratulations to all the students for a job well done.

In January, the JCAT-Army element supported the Joint Aviation Multi-Ship Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) Survivability Validation (JAMSV) on the Electronic Combat Range at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, CA. The JAMSV Team thanks the Joint Aircraft Survivability Program (JASP) Manager, Mr. Dennis Lindell, for resourcing the instrumentation provided by the Redstone Test Center.

The purpose of the test was to validate survivability effectiveness of multi-ship formations in large-scale combat operations. The JCAT team—consisting of CW4 Tyson Martin, CW4 Mark Chamberlin, CW3 Paul Olson, and CW3 Drew McCowan—provided instrumentation data collection from AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and C-12 aircraft, which supported the test. The data will be instrumental in the development of a training support package that will be published for the joint aviation community later this year.

Unfortunately, the annual JCAT Threat Weapon Effects (TWE) training that was scheduled for 28–30 April 2020 at Hurlburt Field, FL, was cancelled due to the Government’s travel restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. JCAT will announce future related events, dates, and locations via the Defense Information Analysis Center (DSIAC).