Wednesday June 23, 2010
What is it?
The Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE) is an annual event sponsored by the Executive Agent Theater Joint Tactical Network (EA-TJTN) with Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) as the supported and supporting Combatant Command (COCOM).
JUICE traditionally focuses on leading edge technologies which provide improvements to existing operational capabilities and fill operational gaps. JUICE attempts to provide the right mix of communication capabilities to leverage the new technologies necessary to maintain and sustain a light agile and lethal fighting force. This year the annual world-wide event will take place June 7-25, 2010 and will perform over 1,000 test objectives.
The key objectives for this year is to validate the Global Information Grid 2.0 Unified Capabilities (UC) Architecture in a Tactical environment and develop the Tactical requirements set for inclusion into the Unified Capabilities Requirement 2010 document and validate a new construct for a Joint NETOPS Control Center (JNCC).
What has the Army done?
JUICE provides participants the opportunity to leverage numerous training opportunities offered in multiple operational, technical and administrative orientations. Additional benefits that accrue to the Joint Warfighter include team building amongst the many technical, test, operational and acquisition communities.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned?
JUICE will continue to be executed in an expanded capacity into the future. The EA-TJTN also has a companion network called the Joint On-demand Interoperability Network (JOIN), which is available on a 24/7 basis at no cost to the TJTN user community. JOIN has two distinct sides, one tactical with a JTF HQ node and multi-service component nodes and another that is geared to the distributed testing area.
Why is it important to the Army?
The annual JUICE effort will continue to play a key role for our Warfighters at the leading edge of the Battlespace as they continue to expand a persistent forward presence and engage in joint, multi-national and interagency operations. JUICE and JOIN present to the Army a very unique one of a kind resource that bridges multiple gaps in resource allocation, planning and connectivity while providing the Warfighter and organizations supporting him/her with a capability to stage equipment, troubleshoot problems, train, bring laboratory arguments into an operational network, validate concepts of operation and ascertain realistic tactical requirements for certification.
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