Tuesday March 6, 2012
What is it?
Joint On-demand Interoperability Network (JOIN) is a cost-effective configurable information network that provides Department of Defense organizations the ability to validate operational readiness, perform risk reduction and mitigation in a tactical environment before deployment. The JOIN serves as an information grid for tactical environment, enabling the capability to provide the full range of Defense Information Systems Network services and the proven ability to connect operational sites worldwide via both terrestrial and satellite links.
What has the Army done?
As the hub of the C4ISR Center of Excellence on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., the JOIN provides collaborative capabilities for C4ISR partners to support and contribute to the Agile Process through all phases of a system's life-cycle. In providing a distributed test environment, the Army created a cost-effective way to create efficiencies in the acquisition process by providing the C4ISR community an opportunity to integrate standards collaboratively, prior to certification. Testing and evaluations are inserted as requirements into doctrine and policy to diminish future interoperability issues and to produce best-fit solutions in support of the Soldier.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned?
As the Army continues to implement its Network Modernization Strategy, new integration facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground support the Network Integration Evaluations, events designed to rapidly integrate and mature the tactical network. New technologies are evaluated, assessed, and integrated into the Army capability sets before Soldier are deployed. Assessment results are shared with industry in the form of a 'score cards' detailing how technologies perform with the current system and identifies needed improvements. JOIN is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Why is this important to the Army?
After 10 years at war, the Department of Defense is preparing for the Force of the Future, a smaller, flexible, agile and ready force that is leaner, cost-effective, and technologically superior. The JOIN laboratory contributes to that effort by providing an environment to test and integrate network systems before certification and it works to eliminate interoperability issues before Soldiers deploy to ensure readiness and strengthen alliance cohesion. This system enables U.S. Armed Forces and coalition partners to have compatible, integrated communications services for use in setting up command and control capabilities and other communications requirements in the tactical, remote environment.
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