Military Joint Exercises to Test Battlefield Communications Systems; Lt. Gen. Keith Walker Comments

army stock photoThe U.S. military, led by the Joint Staff, is conducting the latest Bold Quest joint exercises with allied nations, including the testing of battlefield communications systems for resource and information sharing, Defense Systems reported Tuesday.

Radios, networking equipment and tactical data links will be tested in drills and other exercises at White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and Fort Bliss in Texas, Kevin McCaney writes.

The report said Network Integration Evaluation 14.2 will be held for the first time alongside the week-long Bold Quest event, which ends May 23.

ArmyChopper“The NIE has always been about the Army tactical network . . . But the reality is, we don’t fight alone as an Army,” said Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, deputy commanding general of Futures for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

The activities are expected to gather soldier feedback on communications network access and interoperability and apply the change of focus from Afghanistan to the Pacific, McCaney added.

Event participants include the four military branches, the National Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command and forces from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the U.K.

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