From Inside the Air Force:
The Air Force and Army are developing a prototype force package of F-16 fighter aircraft and Stryker ground vehicles that will train and deploy together, testing a new joint construct that demonstrates how U.S. military forces could prepare for combat and fight in the future.
The Joint Mission Capability Package is a “capabilities-based force package composed of fielded weapons systems with interoperable information network equipment,” Col. Louis Durkac, who is leading the development of the “Joint MCP,” told Inside the Air Force this week. Durkac is the Air National Guard assistant to the director of requirements at Air Combat Command headquarters, Langley Air Force Base, VA.
Durkac and his team at ACC, along with the Army’s Stryker program management office, are drafting a concept of operations for the Joint MCP, and are heavily involved in planning for the prototype package.
The mission package now in development will pair a number of Air Force F-16C+ fighter squadrons with an Army Stryker Brigade Combat Team into a single joint force package that will train and deploy together.
Earlier, the Air Force received some Strykers for close air support operations with the 172nd Brigade, which deploys to Iraq this fall.
Now the flyboys are (gasp) actually teaming with Big Green with the help of the communications and navigation equipment in the Stryker. Earlier experiments trying to incorporate Stryker Brigade Combat Team soldiers directly into USAF A-10 squadrons were a dismal failure.
The first JMCP combined team may be ready by next summer. No word on which units will participate.