Wednesday June 15, 2011
What is it?
Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE) has a mission focus of continuous support to the warfighter by demonstrating leading edge technologies provides improvements to existing operational capabilities and fill operational gaps. The exercise will endeavor to provide the right mix of communication capabilities to leverage new technologies necessary to maintain and sustain a light agile and lethal fighting force.
The key objective for this year’s theme, Expeditionary Communications, will be to adopt a “4x4” approach featuring the new Joint Information Environment (JIE) construct for the tactical edge; fixed centers, mobile centers, mobile platforms, and dismounted users.
What has the Army done?
The 18th Annual JUICE is being the held at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this year and will focus on Expeditionary Communications. The event is being hosted by the U.S. Army Communication-Electronics Command’s (CECOM) Software Engineering Center (SEC) at the new C4ISR Center of Excellence. This world-wide event will take place from June 6 thru June 24, 2011.
JUICE provides participants the opportunity to leverage numerous training opportunities offered in multiple operational, technical and administrative orientations. Additional benefits to the Joint Warfighter include team building among various technical, test, operational and acquisition communities. Additionally, JUICE has provided support to the Department of Defense (DoD) with surge requirements by providing a venue for various efforts, to include the Unified Capabilities Pilot, IPv6 efforts, and engage in Joint Multi-National and interagency operations.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned?
JUICE will continue to be executed in an expanded capacity by using its companion network called the Joint On-demand Interoperability Network (JOIN), which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost to the tactical user community. The resources managed by the JOIN lab have two distinct facets; one contains the tactical environment with a JTF HQ node and multi-service component nodes and the other is geared to the distributed testing area.
Why is it important to the Army?
The annual JUICE effort will play a key role for our warfighters at the leading edge of the battle space 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 “one of a kind” resource that bridges multiple gaps in resource allocation, planning and connectivity while providing the warfighter and support organizations 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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- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, while addressing the audience during a celebration of the 236th birthday of the U.S. Army at the Pentagon, June 14, 2011, emphasized on the service’s challenge to learn the right lessons from the past decade of war
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