Guerrilla networks such as the Vietcong and al Qaeda long have used combat units and dispersed cells to threaten the national security of the United States. Yet, for decades, the United States has lacked a systematic means to evolve the air-ground communications, command-and-control organizations, and technologies needed to destroy these foes. Improvements instead have come by trial and error on the battlefield, often at high risk.
There is a better way.
A series of two-day, low-risk field experiments could improve U.S. air-ground cooperation and combat capabilities. Using reserve forces and existing equipment, the experiments quickly could develop, test, discard, mature, and deploy a variety of air-ground communications, command-and-control organizations, and technologies. Let's call this method Hunter Battalion Experimental (HBX).
Initial HBX experiments would focus on five goals: