Edition: Thu, June 21, 2007
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"A press report about the hearing has raised concerns among Soldiers about the possibility of extending tour lengths. I want to speak directly to this matter. The issue of tour lengths is a policy matter that has been decided by the Secretary of Defense. Secretary Gates announced April 11 that all Soldiers in the U.S. Central Command area of operations 'will deploy for not more than 15 months and return home for not less than 12 months.'"-Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren comments regarding the possibility of extended tour lengths, June 19.


Warfighter Information Network - Tactical

What is it? The Warfighter Information Network - Tactical is a robust network that provides seamless, assured, secure communications for the warfighter. It has long been championed as the network of the Future Force, with its special feature of mobility, which guarantees network connectivity over large distances, while on the move, without the threat of losing communications. It manages, prioritizes, and protects information in an uninterrupted means to get the right information to the right Soldier at the right time.

What has the Army done? Army has implemented a strategy that will bring initial WIN-T capability into the Force by 2009, a full five years ahead of schedule, while continuing to meet the full capability requirements for Future Combat Systems (FCS) by 2014. Army took a holistic approach to the needed network improvements, including the present-day network improvements brought about by the Joint Network Node (JNN). Army determined that select WIN-T technologies could be leveraged into that system. Then, as part of an overall incremental approach, WIN-T absorbed the former JNN program so that with these improvements, it is now the initial Increment of WIN-T. The entire tactical network and its capabilities will fall under the WIN-T program, all managed by a single Program Manager who will deliver increments of improved capabilities. These improvements are identified incrementally as follows:

Increment 1- Networking at the Halt
Increment 2- Initial Networking on the Move
Increment 3- Full Networking on the Move
Increment 4- Protected Satellite Communications

This brings advanced capability to the warfighter sooner than originally planned, and supports both the needs of the deploying warfighter and the Modular Army.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? The Army wants to get as much of the technology into its tactical network as it can today, while it continues to meet the needs of the Future Force. Army will continue to meet the needs of the warfighter through the incremental introduction of improved capabilities, all of which will be cutting edge technology.

Why is this important to the Army? This integrated network approach is for the total Army (Active, Reserve, and National Guard) and recognizes that different units within these components require various levels of capability. The WIN-T network will provide the right capabilities to the right unit. In addition, this network is designed to interoperate with the other Military Services and coalition partners. Incremental delivery of network capability will position the program to leverage technology developments in both the military and commercial sectors. This incremental capability approach also reduces risk to the program by inserting mature technologies into the network as they become available.


- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.