Tactical Network Enters Service

November 20, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Army has taken delivery of equipment of the first increment of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). This phase of the program builds on the former Joint Network Node network and offers high-capacity secure communications when warfighters are not in transit. Devices include network hubs, management suites and nodes. The 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team is training with the equipment to prepare for operational tests and evaluations. The second increment of the program will include an initial on-the-move broadband networking capability using satellite and radio links. Fielding of phase-two equipment is scheduled to occur next year.

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With such an overlap on the other PM-DCATS SATCOM Program (DISA-Teleport) why not combine and take advantage of the economies (and negotiating power)? DISA merely MIPR's the funds to the Army for PEO-EIS (PM-DCATS) to spend. I'd be curious to hear the informed opinions of other Signal readers.

*A bit of disclosure is that my company is a significant performer of that work (DISA Teleport Phase 2).

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