Exploring the JMDCC Operator Course for Advanced Security Training

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  • By Dreshawn Murray

In the realm of modern warfare, staying ahead in technology and training is paramount for defense forces worldwide. Among the critical training courses aimed at fortifying military readiness is the Joint Multi-Domain Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Course, a 10-day course designed to hone the skills of military and civilian personnel in handling C-sUAS 

The course curriculum spans a comprehensive 80-hour blend of coursework and hands-on learning. Participants include Air Force and Army military personnel and civilians from duty specialties such as radar, airfield and weather systems (RAWS) and security forces. This diverse cohort brings varied perspectives and expertise, enriching the learning environment. 

“This course focuses on ongoing maintenance and operation, equipping students with the expertise to navigate and utilize this cutting-edge technology effectively,” said Tech Sgt. Rudy Vazquez, Creek Defender Ground Combat Training Instructor.  

Tech Sgt. Vasquez also delved into his experiences as a student during this course, highlighting how those moments have significantly contributed to his growth as an instructor.   

“As a former student of this course I have gained a unique vantage point that enables me to comprehend the perspective from a student’s viewpoint. Having walked in their shoes, I am able to possess the foresight to anticipate and address questions before they arise, fostering an environment that nurtures comprehensive learning and proactive engagement.” 

Conducted six times a year, this training is held at the Polygone, a multi-domain training range located a short distance away from Ramstein Air Base.  

This course's capstone centers on the continual upkeep and efficient operation of the Rapidly Deployable Small Uncrewed Aircraft Defense System. 

“The RD-SUADS (Rapidly Deployable Small Uncrewed Aircraft Defense Systems) is a top tier system for training as it boasts AI technology that not only detects but also classifies and tracks various aerial vehicles 3 to 4-and-a-half kilometers away,” said Master Sgt. Jason Morrison, C-sUAS Policy and Guidance Manager. “With its rapid readiness within an hour, the systems become a stalwart, ensuring a swift response in critical situations to safeguard our terrain, control, deny and get foreign objects out the airspace.” 

Master Sgt. Morrison further highlighted the significance of this training in the context of evolving warfare tactics.  

"The Air Force and the broader DoD must modernize and transform its C-sUAS capabilities," he emphasized, "to enable the nation to win against adversaries leveraging sUAS technology that poses significant risks to personnel, critical assets, and national interests." 

The JMDCC stands as a testament to the military's commitment to staying at the forefront of defense technology. Equipping its personnel with the skills and expertise to navigate advanced systems like the RD-SUADS ensures preparedness in an ever-evolving landscape of threats. 

As the course continues to evolve, it remains an integral component in the military's strategy to defend against emerging risks and secure the nation's safety and interests on the global stage.