Empire Challenge returns -- sort of

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

A mini Empire Challenge of sorts is in the planning stages at China Lake, officials of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division confirmed at press time.

For two to three months out of the year, allied military forces stayed in local hotels, ate in local restaurants and tested interoperability at China Lake ranges for the Empire Challenge. Two years ago, the event moved to Fort Huachuca. Last year, the event was canceled by the Pentagon when the Norfolk, Va.,-based Joint Forces Command was disbanded.

But the Enterprise Challenge, a three-week interoperability event, will be taking its place supported at China Lake.

WD officials said that about 80 people from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, supporting contractors, Air Force and Navy Reservists are expected to be in Ridgecrest supporting the event.

“Enterprise Challenge provides an opportunity to demonstrate interoperability with the military services and convergence of geospatial intelligence programs,” said an official. “NAWCWD is supporting the event through the use of its state-of-the-art laboratories at China Lake.”

Preliminary planning for the 2013 event began this week.

Story First Published: 2012-08-22