Training in Concert for Distributed Operations

Lockheed Martin partners with the U.S. Air Force to connect warfighters around the world for combat training exercises.

Successful military operations rely on warfighters across services and coalition nations working in concert. All personnel must be well rehearsed to quickly react to dynamic threats.

A team located at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico serves as the chief conductor behind U.S. Air Force virtual training exercises. The Distributed Mission Operations Center (DMOC) is the Air Force’s hub for distributed combat training exercises, testing and experimentation. Through the DMOC, warfighters at locations around the globe face realistic threat scenarios to practice tactics and procedures.

Lockheed Martin supports this important work with a recently awarded competitive contract to facilitate testing and training events at the DMOC for the next five years. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a $94 million ceiling value.

 “Distributed exercises that allow warfighters to practice together and test software real time are becoming increasingly important as missions become more integrated across platforms, services and partner nations,” said Lt. Col. Doug Horne, 705th Combat Training Squadron commander. “Linking assets and transporting relevant, accurate and timely simulation data is a key element for operating in today’s environment.”

The DMOC architecture integrates virtual and constructive simulations across various networks to support a synthetic battlespace that models weapons and Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems. Lockheed Martin has supported the DMOC for two decades, facilitating a number of training exercises each year for U.S. and coalition forces.

“Integrating live, virtual and constructive elements, the Distributed Mission Operations Center serves as the nucleus for advancing cost-effective training and operational testing,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training and engineering services at Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics business. “Lockheed Martin is proud to partner with the U.S. Air Force on this program to keep warfighters at locations around the globe mission ready.”

The DMOC program is administered by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center with operations conducted by the 705th Combat Training Squadron, 505th Command and Control Wing. The wing’s mission is to improve warfighter capability through command and control testing, tactics development and training. U.S. Army, Navy, Marine and coalition personnel also participate in distributed training exercises hosted by the DMOC.


Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System crew members from the 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron participate in Virtual Flag at the 705th Combat Training Squadron located at Kirtland Air Force Base. Virtual Flag is one of the Air Force's premier large force simulator exercises. U.S. Air Force Photo.