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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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Expected Test and Fielding The Army is scheduled to begin fielding the DIRECT tool suite in fiscal year 2017 to all states and territories with a National Guard presence. The system will be fielded in correlation with the WIN-T Increment 1 technical refresh upgrades already scheduled, taking advantage of facilities and resources that are already being used for added efficiencies and to minimize unit disruption. The MD ARNG is the second Guard unit to participate in an Army pilot for DIRECT, following a pilot in August with the Delaware ARNG. "Events like these help us to identify gaps and align resources early, enabling us to field the best possible capability to the Guard and to develop mitigation strategies that can be implemented in the event that we need to respond to a real-world situation," said Maj. Adrian Smith, DIRECT product lead for PM WIN-T INC 1. During the pilot, Soldiers successfully operated all of the equipment, and they were able to integrate and provide communication services to both the Baltimore County Police Department and one of the state emergency operation centers. "In the past we have not had this [level of] communication between agencies, which caused breakdowns in commands coming from the top down, impacting whatever situation or process we were dealing with," said Alex Arthur, Police Officer, 1st Class, of the Baltimore County Police Department in Md. "This will speed things up for all of the agencies involved; they can all communicate together at the same level." Multi-directional Reach Not only does DIRECT provide interagency communications throughout the incident site, but the robust WIN-T network also enables reach back capabilities so first responders can benefit from the knowledge and leadership of subject matter experts located anywhere in the world. "We learned how to conduct video and voice conferences with the phones and radios," said Pfc. Stephanie Byers, radio manager for the Maryland ARNG 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade. "My instructor was just saying that a medical team was able to watch a live surgery through this technology. At a disaster site they could link to a hospital and know exactly what to do." DIRECT will replace the legacy Army National Guard Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC). Although JISCC aided first responder communications, it did not enable the military and first responders to directly communicate over the Army's extensive WIN-T satellite–based network, which enables mission command and voice, video and data communications anywhere in the world without need of static infrastructure. The Army held a Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) pilot in Georgetown, Del., supported by the Delaware Army National Guard (ARNG) 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB), 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade. Maj. Adrian Smith (right), DIRECT project lead for the Army's Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical INC 1, makes a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call to Brig. Gen. James Begley, director National Guard Bureau (NGB) Joint Staff J2 /J6 and chief information officer (center), who was on a radio during the Army's DIRECT pilot. (U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs) CAPABILITIES SPOTLIGHT INCIDENT RESPONSE COMMUNICATIONS www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 26 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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