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WIN 2016-2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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When homeland disasters strike, such as hurricanes, wildfires, or even terrorist attacks, or during civil support for such events as the presidential inauguration, signal units from the National Guard provide critical interagency communications services to improve both speed and effectiveness of response. To significantly enhance communications support capability, the Army is preparing to field the Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) tool suite to the Army National Guard (ARNG). DIRECT links first responders and emergency managers with state and federal authorities, during natural disasters, emergency and civil support operations. "Interagency interoperability is vital to avoid situations like you had in 9/11, where all the different agencies with their different communication devices were not able to talk to each other," said Sgt. Jose Gonzales, transmission team squad leader for the Maryland (MD) ARNG 2nd Platoon, 629th Network Support Company. "Response may have happened a lot faster if they could talk to each other -- the fire department communicating with the police department and with National Guard units nearby etc. With the DIRECT equipment, everyone is able to communicate [simultaneously]; it makes everyone's job a lot easier and it lessens needless problems and dangers." Leveraging Established Capability Without compromising the security of the military network, DIRECT leverages the Army's organic Warfighter Information Network-Tactical The U.S. Army is teaming with the Army National Guard to implement a new tool suite for streamlining interagency disaster response communications. By Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs FOR Without compromising the security of the military network, Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) leverages the Army National Guard's (ARNG) organic Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) tactical communications network to provide Commercial 4G/Wi-Fi, commercial phone and internet access, and the ability to connect all the different types of radios that various responders bring to an incident site. This ARNG WIN-T Satellite Transportable Terminal (left) Joint Network Node (right) are seen here on Aug. 18, 2016 at Georgetown, Del. (U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs) PRECISION RESPONSE SYNCING CAPABILITIES SPOTLIGHT INCIDENT RESPONSE COMMUNICATIONS www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 24 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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