Space men from MARS or allies in the war on terrorism? A brief history of the Military Affiliate Radio System.
Not many people are aware of the importance of MARS. This unique organization's mission is to provide emergency communication on a national, state and local level during any natural disaster, terrorist attack or simply when there's no electricity and the phone lines don't work. During such events, the MARS staff is able to communicate via high frequency radios networked by volunteers throughout the world. These volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the cause yearly, and are essential to the MARS mission.
During Grecian Firebolt 2004, some of the MARS simulations helped gauge the efficiency of this volunteer network throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and parts of the Middle East.
AARS--Army Amateur Radio System
CNN--Cable News Network
DNVT--Digital Non-secure Voice Terminal
EEI--Essential Elements of Information
GIG--Global Information Grid
MARS--Military Affiliate Radio
NETCOM--Network Enterprise Technology Command
SINCGARS--Single Channel Ground-Air Radio System
SWAN--SINCGARS Wide Area Network project
TSC--Theater Signal Command
VHF--very high frequency
SPC Lira is with the Army Reserve 820th Signal Company out of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. This company provided "cable dog" power at Fort Meade during Grecian Firebolt 2004.
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|Date:||Sep 22, 2004|
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