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The US Army has started test­ing new warfighting ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing the Army Warfighting As­sess­ment (AWA) 17.1 ex­er­cise. Au­ton­o­mous weapons and un­manned aerial sys­tems are be­ing tested dur­ing the ex­er­cise, which will also in­clude sol­diers from the UK, Aus­tralia, Canada, Den­mark and Italy. Par­tic­i­pat­ing troops will im­ple­ment 41 con­cepts and ca­pa­bil­i­ties that were de­signed to meet 20 ‘warfighting chal­lenges’ put for­ward by the army. Feed­back on the new ca­pa­bil­i­ties will then be an­a­lysed by the US Army’s Bri­gade Mod­ern­iza­tion Com­mand. Bri­gade Mod­ern­iza­tion Com­mand com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Terry McKen­rick said: “We de­ter­mine some find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions; we then brief that through a se­ries of gov­er­nance forms, and then it goes up to the de­part­ment of the army, where se­nior lead­ers … can pri­ori­tise and make de­ci­sions.” The event is be­ing con­ducted to ex­am­ine how new con­cepts and ca­pa­bil­i­ties are in­te­grated into bat­tle­field sce­nar­ios. The AWA 17.1 is the first AWA, and is be­ing held this year in­stead of a Net­work In­te­gra­tion Eval­u­a­tion (NIE) ex­er­cise. McKen­rick said that the army will host one AWA and one NIE each year, in place of two NIEs a year.

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