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Giovanni Oddo: Army Moves to Streamline Tactical Network Initialization Process

NavyC5ISRThe U.S. Army is set to deploy new tools for warfighters to manage initialization of mission command systems at their individual workstations starting this summer.

Nancy Jones-Bonbrest reported March 3 on the Army website that the Initialization Tool Suite is designed to rapidly update military data products when soldiers receive new communications equipment or change tasks.

“Ten steps in approximately three minutes – that’s the process with this new capability,” said Giovanni Oddo, Army technical management division lead for product director initialization.

“It’s very simple, you just pull down the menus and the selections are limited, so it really walks you through the process,” Oddo added.

Jones-Bonbrest writes the military service uses data products to facilitate unit task reorganization activities as well as to allow unit-level information sharing and system connectivity.

Usage of initialization technology aims to provide senior commanders a common operating picture and simplify the process for S6 personnel to adapt equipment to their tactical network.

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