Lockheed Martin: Partners with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Successful Multi-Domain Experiments

BETHESDA, Maryland, June xx, 2022 – Lockheed Martin has paired its DIAMONDShield™ combat management system with four Aegis Virtualized Weapon System (VAWS) nodes deployed hundreds of miles to successfully demonstrate multi-domain operations during a recent US military exercise.

The exercise, called Valiant Shield 2022, is a biennial training activity involving thousands of U.S. service members and more than 100 ships, aircraft and land vehicles with a focus on integrating forces across multiple domains, and is a cornerstone of the US Indo-Pacific Command’s integrated deterrence strategy to prevent conflict in the region.

During the 12-day event in Guam and other locations in the Pacific, Lockheed Martin partnered with US Indo-Pacific Command to experiment with the use of artificial intelligence to enable decision making fast in seconds or minutes versus hours—at strategic, operational, and tactical levels of missions in the air, on land, at sea, and in space.

“We recognize our customers’ need to rapidly integrate emerging technologies into mission-driven solutions,” said Joe Ferrara, Lockheed Martin business development manager who is supporting the exercise. “Through experiences like the ones we bring to Valiant Shield, we learn together with our customers to advance joint operations across all domains, which we know is the future of warfare.”

With 12 Lockheed Martin engineers on the ground, the company introduced DIAMONDShield and VAWS in a series of offensive and defensive scenarios involving Lockheed Martin. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and Improved PAC-3® Missile Segment (MSE). DIAMONDShield’s artificial intelligence technology analyzed real-time command and control operational data during dynamic fires and provided commanders with decision aids to recommend resources to respond to incoming threats.

Once commanders decided how to engage, the VAWS next-generation combat system automatically routed precision targeting data and detailed orders to frontline assets like the PAC-3 MSE and HIMARS. Using machine-to-machine interfaces, VAWS transmitted the information digitally through the military service’s existing data bulkheads – a concept known as “Digital Force Orders” coordination. In this case, the navy end user was able to execute a commander’s intent without having to manually translate the order into navy doctrine, whether the order came from an air force commander , army or navy. It also saved users time as they no longer had to read coordinates over the radio, and it reduced the margin of error by eliminating the risk of misinterpreting voice instructions.

Command and control technologies, designed to augment existing systems, have synchronized people and platforms to give the right operator the right information at the right time.

“The real-time feedback from operators who live this day-to-day is invaluable,” said Andrew Cook, Lockheed Martin technical lead for Valiant Shield. “You see what works well for them, what features they might struggle with, and what we could do to make their job easier and faster. As an industry partner, we are constantly trying to understand the pressing needs, to design solutions for them, and to incorporate feedback on what we’ve built. The sooner we can get that feedback, the sooner we can put new innovations in place.

The team will use the experience and feedback to optimize trainings and improve systems for the next exercise.

This is the fifth military exercise in which the company is partnering with the US Indo-Pacific Command. Beginning in 2019 with Talisman Saber and as part of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative, Lockheed Martin participated in a series of exercises who have each demonstrated progressively expanded abilities:

  • Talisman Saber 2021 and 2019

  • North border 2021

  • Valiant Shield 2020

With the additional experimentation of Valiant Shield 2022 and guided by our vision for 21st century security to meet future warfighter needs, Lockheed Martin is helping to promote integration and interoperability between joint forces and advance the goals joint joint operations of our army. Each successive exercise builds on lessons learned from the last to validate and improve capabilities, helping the United States and its allies always be prepared for what lies ahead.

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