Empire Invite

By Thomas Duffy / November 2, 2010 at 2:38 PM

The Defense Department has announced the dates for Empire Challenge 2011, the Pentagon's top intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance demonstration that is held each year. Ft. Huachuca, AZ will host the event starting June 20, 2011, according to a recent notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities. The ISR demonstration will wrap up on July 1, 2011.

According to the notice, EC11 will:

. . . consist of ISR interoperability events using a combination of live, laboratory, and modeling and simulation activities, to demonstrate and assess potential solutions to identified warfighter ISR requirements, including multinational requirements from Afghanistan. EC11 will conduct operations simulating elements of a multinational force, with an emphasis at the Joint Task Force (JTF)-level and below, in an operationally representative, live environment.

This will not be a U.S.-only event. DOD expects participation by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and NATO as well as those nations that are a part of the International Security Assistance Force now operating in Afghanistan.