• U.S. Army Lt. Col. Timothy O'Brien, left, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, the deputy commanding general of Futures and the director of Army Capabilities Integration Center listen to Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company explain systems currently under evaluation during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.2 at Dona Ana Range Complex, N.M., May 13, 2013.

    LTG Walker visit to NIE 13-2

    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Timothy O'Brien, left, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, the deputy commanding general of Futures and the director of Army...

  • Lt. Col. Timothy O'Brien (far left), commander of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, shows systems the unit are evaluating during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.2 to Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general of Futures and the director of Army Capabilities Integration Center, at Dona Ana Range Complex, N.M., May 13. The Tactical Communication and Protective System is designed to allow soldiers to communicate clearly while reducing exposure to impulse noises that may damage hearing.

    LTG Walker visit to NIE 13-2

    Lt. Col. Timothy O'Brien (far left), commander of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, shows systems the unit are evaluating during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.2 to Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker...

DONA ANA RANGE COMPLEX, N.M. - Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general, Futures and Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center visited Fort Bliss and surrounding training areas to speak with leaders and Soldiers about emerging technology during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.2 on May 13.

NIE is a series of semi-annual evaluations to adapt and improve the Army's network -- the Soldier's Internet -- to connect troops across the battlefield. Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, have spent several weeks evaluating systems of the backbone of the Army's tactical network, the Warfighter Information Network -- Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 in rugged operational environments.

"We're testing WIN-T Increment 2, and WIN-T Increment 2 is the foundation of the network," said Walker. "Because it's the centerpiece, we have to make sure the test is a valid test."

On his visit, he spoke with troops from 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, at Dona Ana Range Complex, N.M. who have worked with several systems for possible integration into the Army's network.

Among these systems are the Nett Warrior, an integrated, dismounted situational awareness and mission command system for use during combat operations and the Tactical Communication and Protective System, which allows Soldiers to hear sounds at enhanced levels with better clarity while reducing or removing exposure to hazardous impulse noises to prevent hearing loss.

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