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Amentum’s Hamp McManus, Earl Johnson: DoD Should Advance 5G-Backed Joint Training Environment

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Wade “Hamp“ McManus and Earl Johnson of Amentum wrote in a joint commentary published Wednesday on Defense News that the Department of Defense should pursue the establishment of a joint synthetic training environment and leverage advances in communications technology to improve the readiness of the joint force.

“The concept development of a joint STE must ensure a virtual training environment that enhances the speed of decision-making, delivers decisive actions and outcomes, and creates effects that will lead to victory on the future battlefield,“ they wrote.

McManus and Johnson said DoD should support the joint STE with a secure 5G network, which they said will be a “critical enabler in making this type of training possible.“

“Likewise, the end state for future DoD training ranges must be a genuinely joint, live, virtual and constructive training enterprise that uses 5G as the overarching backbone to integrate ranges, bases and operations across the services and the STE,“ they wrote. “Leveraging secure 5G technology to facilitate a joint STE is the way ahead, optimizing joint force readiness to be prepared for and win the next big war.“

McManus is a retired U.S. Army major general and senior vice president of defense programs at Amentum, while Johnson is a retired Army colonel and SVP of Army and cyber programs at the company.

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