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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, August 23 2012

Today's Focus:

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical reaches fielding milestone

Senior Leaders are Saying

We are going to continue to do what we need to do to work on a regional basis. When we talk about the United States interest in the Pacific region, our concern is peace and stability and economic opportunity. We don't view that as an America-only objective we think it's critical that we work with all the nations of this region to pursue what I hope are the goals that everyone shares.

- Secretary of the Army John McHugh, who came to Hawaii to discuss operations throughout the Pacific and to announce the next U.S. Army Pacific deputy commanding general for operations, Aug 20.

Secretary emphasizes Army's value in Pacific

What They're Saying

Everywhere I looked there was an Olympian, a world champion or a national champion. We all push each other. I immediately set goals for myself, maybe some too high at the beginning, but it was just what I needed to keep moving forward. I didn't have time to feel sorry for myself. All I ever wanted to be was a Soldier and despite my injury, I was still wearing the uniform.

- Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Soldier set to become the first combat-wounded active-duty service member to ever compete in the world's second-largest sporting event

Olson ready to make Paralympic history

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

August

Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Aug 26: Women's Equality Day Related site: Army.mil: Women in the Army

September

National Preparedness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Suicide Prevention Month

Sept. 11: Patriots Day

Sept. 16: POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 25: Army.mil: Gold Star Mothers Day

Today's Focus

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical reaches fielding milestone

What is it?

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) is the Army's tactical backbone communications network, providing reliable voice, video and data to Soldiers across the full range of military operations. WIN-T Increment 1, formerly known as the Joint Network Node (JNN) network, began fielding in 2004 in response to an operational needs statement from the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. WIN-T Increment 1 provides Soldiers with high-speed, high-capacity communications down to battalion level at-the-quick-halt. WIN-T Increment 2 supports operations while on-the-move, pushes network connectivity to the company level, introduces networking radios and enhances Network Operations (NetOps) for network planning and monitoring.

What has the Army done?

Project Manager WIN-T, which is assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), hit a major milestone on Aug. 23 when it completed fielding to all units identified to receive WIN-T Increment 1 equipment. The final fielding was marked with the hand-off of the last WIN-T Increment 1 system, providing for the first time a WIN-T Increment 1-equipped force across the entire Army.

Meanwhile, WIN-T Increment 2 completed its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in May and is a critical part of Capability Set 13 -- an integrated baseline of network technologies to be fielded to Army brigade combat teams beginning in October.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

In July, the Army began fielding the WIN-T Increment 1 Colorless Core and Net Centric Waveform (NCW) upgrades. The colorless core security enclave secures data and increases interoperability with WIN-T Increment 2, while providing additional operational flexibility to the network. The NCW upgrade is a beyond-line-of-sight capability to improve satellite communications and enhance interoperability with WIN-T Increment 2. The upgrade is projected to be complete in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

Development and testing continues on WIN-T Increment 3, which will add an air tier to the WIN-T architecture to offload communications from satellite transponders, while increasing network speed and reliability. WIN-T Increment 3 will also provide the Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JC4ISR) radio, which makes great strides in improving throughput capacity and extending communications ranges. Improvements in NetOps will also be realized with WIN-T Increment 3.

Why is it important to the Army?

The tactical network is the number one modernization priority for the Army. Information superiority is the element of combat power that allows commanders to magnify the effects of maneuver, firepower and protection. WIN-T provides the tactical communications network and services to allow Soldiers to send and receive information in order to execute their mission across all operations. WIN-T provides unprecedented network reliability and flexibility, enabling a continuous flow of communications that is interoperable with joint, allied and coalition networks.

Resources:

PM WIN-T website

PEO C3T website

Army Network Modernization

STAND-TO!: Network Capability Set Fielding

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