Army troops will execute the operational exercises in Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, from October to November to gain insights into threats under the network integration evaluations program, the Army said Monday.
Soldiers will also perform lab-based planning and integration assessment at Aberdeen Proving Ground before the network technologies go into full operation.
“By leveraging the power of our integrated lab facilities, our goal is to re-create the battlefield network environment and mitigate risks before equipment reaches the hands of the soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Carlos Wiley, integration and execution division chief for the Army system of systems integration and engineering directorate.
Jennifer Zbozny, chief engineer for the program executive office for command, control and communications-tactical, added that a team will test-hack the network and its components.
Another group of hackers will work to help the labs detect vulnerabilities before NIE 15.1 begins in the fall.
All systems that would go through the testing are set to undergo the C4ISR Systems Integration Laboratory.
The Army intends for the operational test to boost its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 mobile network.