The Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex: Winning the Future Fight

August 5, 2013

Today’s security environment is as uncertain and complex as ever, and it is the duty of the joint force to remain trained and fully ready to meet any challenge. The nation expects nothing less. As an integral part of tomorrow’s joint force, the Army must provide globally flexible, responsive, regionally engaged forces to meet combatant commanders’ objectives across the full spectrum of conflict—from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions to stability operations to major combined-arms campaigns. The joint force of 2020 must maintain the integration it has achieved during more than a decade at war as well as its ability to adapt and dominate in hybrid settings.

Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno recently warned that sequestration’s severe cuts to operation and maintenance funding are already resulting in significant training shortfalls—meaning that Soldiers are not receiving the best that America can give them. It is more critical than ever in this environment that joint forces have the support and the modern infrastructure required to preserve overmatch against any adversary.

The Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) is the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) largest training venue in Alaska, integrating all domains—land, air, sea, space and cyber—to provide unparalleled opportunities. It is a collaborative, multiservice effort to bring disparate capabilities into a coordinated and comprehensive joint environment. It allows employment over greater range than most venues and realistically replicates the long distances endemic to joint operations in the Pacific region. It also provides an uncluttered electromagnetic background for training, testing and developing advanced electronic warfare capabilities.