Supporting the JATF capability development.
"Deploying a mission-configured, combat-capable landing force into a low threat environment from the sea, in order to achieve national objectives in the South Pacific."
- We evaluated areas such as interoperability, logistics-over-the-shore capabilities, and command and control structures.
- Our work has resulted in the start of several JATF capability enhancements.
The NZDF created the Joint Amphibious Task Force (JATF) so that the current operational and support units from across the three Services are able to operate as an integrated force. The JAFT will be capable of deploying and sustaining operations in New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific using their amphibious skills.
Our Role in JATF Capability Development
Our Military Operations Analysis (MOA) team designed and led a series of table-top wargaming exercises to help identify current JATF capability gaps. These exercises involved having subject matter experts consider different scenarios to evaluate aspects such as interoperability, logistics-over-the-shore capabilities, and command and control structures.
We also helped develop a capability maturity framework for assessing the JATF during the 2015 NZDF Southern Katipo exercises. And we created the Sea and Air Lift Tool (SALT) to assist with estimating the number of trips required to project and sustain different landing force structures.
Our work has since resulted in several JATF capability enhancements that are underway, including:
- new equipment for amphibious beach teams
- new bulk liquid transfer systems
- changes to amphibious doctrine
- changes to Command and Control.