Fires Battle Lab

Director, Fires Battle Lab

Mr. John Haithcock

Duty Description:
Director of the Fires Battle Lab (FBL). Principle advisor to the FCOE Commanding General on current and future force experiments using live, virtual, constructive and gaming simulation environments to gain insights and impacts of emerging and evolving concepts, technology, and materiel initiatives. Primarily responsible to lead TRADOC directed experiments, new technology demonstrations, Fires focused experiments and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA).

Previous Assignments

Vice-President, Software Engineering and Integration Division, CGI
TRADOC Capability Manager Fire Support Command, Control, and Communications (TCM FSC3)
Plans and Operations Officer, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment (3BCD), USFK
Battalion Commander, 3rd Bn, 30th FA
Deputy Fire Support Trainer, National Training Center

Masters of Science, Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks
Masters of Business Administration, Oklahoma City University, OK
Bachelors of Economics, Virginia Military Institute
U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks
Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth

Deputy Director, Fires Battle Lab

Mr. Chris Niederhauser

Serves with the full line authority of the Director in his absence and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and providing intensive management for all actions related to Fires Battle Lab. Coordinate and resolve experimentation, information technology, models and simulations, facility and personnel issues. Responsible for planning and synchronizing short and long term operational requirements necessary to achieve FBL mission success and manage the budget. Advises the Director and staff on the operational use of technology to support core Battle Lab objectives. Establish liaison and coordinates with technical, research, development, military, industrial, professional organizations, U.S. Allies, DoD agencies and national labs to maintain current knowledge of potential usable developments in technology and standard practices.

Previous Assignments:
Chief, Models and Simulations, Fires Battle Lab
Chief, RSOI/Foal Eagle (CJ37), CFC/USFK
Chief, Integration Division, Combat Training Center Directorate
Eagle Team O/C, National Training Center
Regt AS3, S3 Plans 11th Aviation Regiment
Troop CDR 2-6 Cavalry
Troop XO, PL, 1-4 Cavalry/1ID

Education Doctorate (2018), University of Phoenix
Masters of Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bachelors of History, Sam Houston State University
Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership, the George Washington University
Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth
Simulations Operations Officer Certification
USAF AGOS Joint Firepower Control Course


Execute current and future force experiments using live, virtual, constructive and gaming simulation environments to gain insights and impacts of emerging and evolving concepts, technology and materiel initiatives in order to provide informed recommended changes to DOTMLPF-P.

Functions: Models and Simulation Branch (FA and AMD):

  1. Manage, develop and maintain models and simulations (M&S) to replicate FA and ADA functional areas for TRADOC/Fires Battle Lab experiments and CDID analyses, Army integrations/technology insertions, Army Brigade-and-Below sustainment training, Joint Fires experiments and demonstrations, and FBL's FA and/or ADA integration experiments.
  2. Recommend, develop, test and integrate Live-Virtual-Constructive and Gaming environments on closed and/or distributed networks in order to support training, analysis and experimentation events.
  3. Manage/support simulation configuration control IAW AR5-11 for the various fires experimentation and analysis simulations.
  4. Develop, maintain and sustain technical, operational and terrain databases to support experimentation and analysis simulations
  5. Develop, maintain and sustain field and air defense artillery simulation scenarios for experimentation. Develop data post processing tables, collect and distribute data for CDID M&S applications.
  6. Enhance FA and ADA simulations and related M&S tools as necessary to support CDID M&S applications.
  7. Maintain DIS and various HLA standards in FA and ADA M&S (as necessary) to interoperate with other M&S in all relevant M&S federations.
  8. Develop and maintain seamless M&S interoperability with real-world, manned C4ISR tactical systems to support FBL M&S applications (especially near-term force integrations or technology insertions). Develop and maintain M&S interoperability with C4I Soldiers-in-the-Loop via Graphical User Interface to support future concept experiment M&S applications.
  9. Monitor, critique, and recommend improvements in realism and utility for FA and ADA replication of fires in Army combat simulations (JCATS, OneSAF, etc.)

Experiments and War-Gaming Branch (FA and AMD):

  1. Coordinate, plan, and execute experiments in support of the Army and FCoE Campaign of Learning.
  2. Support development of scenarios, operational and tactical orders
  3. Coordinate and provide manning for TRADOC and Joint experiments.
  4. Provide Fires SME support for FA and ADA to TRADOC and Joint experiments
  5. Develop documentation to support TRADOC and Joint experimentation of Fires initiatives.
  6. Preparing TRADOC's reports and briefings throughout the experiment cycle IAW TRADOC regulations.
  7. Review and provide input to all Fires doctrine, Field Manuals, operational and tactical concepts.
  8. Conduct and attend IPRs for TRADOC and Joint Experiments.
  9. Plan, prepare and execute the FCoE Army Live Prototype Assessment experimentation/demonstration program.

Experiment and Simulation Support Branch:

  1. Manage Experimentation Networks.
  2. Apply DoD and Army Network Security controls.
  3. Manage network authorities for experimentation and demonstrations e.g. Authority to Operate, Interim Authority to Test etc.
  4. Manage experimentation support equipment e.g. VoIP phones, VTC etc. Prepare, coordinate, monitor and execute experiment budget plans.