Warfighter Information Network-Tactical reaches fielding milestone

Thursday August 23, 2012

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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