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Part I: Joint Network Node--Network.

The Army's existing tactical communications network and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities were not designed to support current and future warfighter needs. Although the tactical communications systems (mobile subscriber equipment/ Tri-Service Tactical Communications) served well to support yesterday's command, control, and support services that relied heavily on voice and short text messaging, today's warfighter depends on a much broader spectrum of information services.

Joint Network Node-Network is accelerating the delivery of future force capabilities into our current force now. In 2004, with close coordination by Department of the Army and Training and Doctrine Command leadership, the JNN-N components were fielded and trained to the 3rd Infantry Division by the Project Manager for Tactical Radio Communications Systems, all in less than 180 days after contract award. Army senior leadership called delivery of the JNN-N systems to 3ID to support their deployment date so quickly "an acquisition miracle".

JNN-N replaces the MSE switching network in the tactical formations. It provides state-of-the-art switching, transmission, information network security, network management, and terminal devices to fill the capability gaps identified from Operation Iraqi Freedom.

JNN-N provides a suite of capabilities packaged in tactical shelters and user transit cases which include: Defense Information System Network Access, Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network, Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, Coalition Wide Area Network, Defense Red Switch Network access, e-mail, Defense Message System, Special Circuit requirements, Voice over IP, and a Battlefield Video-Teleconferencing capability.

During the 3ID deployment JNN-N demonstrated the ability to provide direct connectivity to the global information grid as well as to all of the Army Battle Command Systems. This tremendous connectivity greatly enhanced the common operating picture.

In addition to the 3rd Infantry Division the JNN-Network has been fielded to the 101st Airborne Division, 4th Infantry Division and the 10th Mountain Division in support of their OIF/Operation Enduring Freedom rotations. To date, seven U.S. Army Divisions, nine U.S. Army National Guard Brigades and one U.S. Army Stryker Brigade have been funded to field and deploy with JNN-N.

Although the current MSE/ TRI-TAC communication structure was sufficient for its time, just as the way we fight on the battlefield evolved, so did technology and the requirements to support the force. JNN-N is the framework that is setting standards and protocols for the Future Force while interfacing or replacing equipment in legacy forces to fulfill warfighters requirements.

Facts/Current Status:

* March 2004: Battle Command General Officer Steering Committee validates operational need for replacement of the Mobile Subscriber Equipment Network

* October--December 2004: Spiral 1 of JNN-N (3ID) fielded to support OIF rotation.

* January-November 2004: 101st/10th/4th Divisions fielded with JNN-N

* July 2005: TRADOC System Managers Warfighter Information Network--Tactical accepted BFN and JNN-N charter

* May/June 2006: Initial Operational Test of JNN-N with 1st Cavalry

* September 2006: Planned contract award for future spirals of JNN-N

For more information on the JNN-N program, contact MAJ Camilla A. Wood or Douglas Kuehl, TSM WIN-T, (706) 791-7939 or (706) 791-4731, respectively. DSN prefix is 780. Email addresses are or
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Title Annotation:TSM-WIN-T; communications switching equipment
Author:Wood, Camilla A.; Kuehl, Douglas
Publication:Army Communicator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2006
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