Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness Program Office


Providing nonnuclear munitions effectiveness information for operational commanders, weapon system designers, logisticians, and DoD targeteers and planners.



The Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness (JTCG/ME) was established in 1964. Since its inception, the JTCG/ME's primary objective has been to provide Soldiers, Operational Commanders, DoD targeteers, weaponeers, planners, weapon system designers, and logisticians with the latest, most accurate non-nuclear weapons effectiveness data in an easy-to-use format.

This tri-service approved data is currently available in the Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manuals (JMEMs) produced by the JTCG/ME on CD-ROMs and in Special Reports. The information includes damage/kill probabilities for specific weapons and targets, physical and functional characteristics of munitions and weapon systems, target vulnerability, obscuration on weapon effectiveness, and analytical techniques and procedures for assessing munitions effectiveness.

This ensures that Commanders, Soldiers, planners, and logisticians are using the most effective munitions to support Operational Plans (OPLANs).

The proper application of combined air-to-surface, surface-to-surface, anti-air, and special forces against specific targets is a decisive factor in the success of any military operation. Selection of optimum weaponry in conjunction with appropriate tactics will ensure efficient destruction of the target with minimum exposure of friendly personnel.

JMEMs were used in planning strikes during the Vietnam War, operations in Libya, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf, Panama, Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Bosnia, Kosovo, and are currently being used in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and other current operations.


JMEM data are also widely used for training targeteers and weaponeers at service schools, conducting exercises, and supporting deployment Contingency Planning (CONPLANs).

The rapid evolution of smart and brilliant munitions sharpens the need for new and better analysis techniques and more accurate data to support the Soldier in the weaponeering process.

The JTCG/ME is ensuring that the Soldier is well equipped with the latest munitions effectiveness data today and in the future.

The JTCG/ME is also responsible for managing the Data & Analysis Center's Joint Data Center (JDC). The primary functions of the JDC are:

  • Provide a single source for the Data & Analysis Center item level weapons characteristics and performance data to respond to data requests for Army and DoD studies.
  • Implement the Data & Analysis Center internal policy on item level performance (weapons effectiveness) data request process (data request reception, generation, certification, and transmission) with the intent of introducing efficiencies in the overall process to allow Divisions analysts/SME's to focus on methodology enhancements and non-routine data generation.
  • Implement and market the end-state vision to provide seamless connectivity between data producers & consumers via latest Information Technology (Internet, Database, etc.).
  • Define and implement continuous process improvements. Establish standards for operations consistent with DoD/Army/industry standards.
  • Establish Army conduit for joint weapons systems performance and characteristics data requirements to support Army studies and analysis related to developmental systems.


Deliver objective analysis, experimentation and data across the entire life cycle to ensure readiness today and a more lethal future force tomorrow.

The Army's authoritative source of integrated analytical solutions for the Soldier and Future Force Modernization Enterprise (FFME) to ensure the Army decisively defeats any adversary, anytime, anywhere.


Mr. Amato

Mr. James Amato
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

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