The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) continues to face exceptional challenge to meet
increasingly urgent national security needs. The overall purpose of the proposed actions
in the JPARC Modernization and Enhancement EIS is to enhance
and modernize the capabilities of the
JPARC to meet the needs of the military units within the State of Alaska more effectively.
These proposed modernizations and enhancements to the JPARC are required because of:
- Significant advances in warfighting technology
- Advances in combat tactics and lessons learned from combat
- The need for realistic, yet efficient training
- Requirements for the military to train to operate jointly
Each of these challenges drives the need for continued enhancements to range and airspace
infrastructure to more accurately replicate the modern battlefield. The JPARC would provide the
critical future training and testing required in a manner that maximizes modern battlespace realism.
Alaska provides a unique backdrop with an uncluttered electromagnetic environment, minimal
encroachment, and a strategic location within the United States. The expanse and availability of
military ranges, training land, and airspace would allow Service members to train jointly from
individual skills up to complex, interrelated tasks.