Joint command and control center to go live in stages

Joint command and control center to go live in stages

A basic version of the Deployable Joint Command and Control System will become operational within the next 12 months, said Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, Joint Staff director of command, control, communications and computer systems.

Shea, speaking this week at the Network Centric Operations 2004 conference in Atlantic City, N.J., called rapid deployment of a joint force headquarters 'a top priority for the Defense Department. Combatant commanders continually highlight multinational information sharing as one of their biggest needs.'

Overseen by the Joint Forces Command, DJC2 will be a mobile, integrated command post quickly usable anywhere in the world. It will support Standing Joint Force regional combatant commands'a demanding task because of the diverse needs of the many individual service commands involved, Shea said.

He mentioned more than 80 different capabilities commanders want in the system. The basic ones will roll out first. 'We have to get the core capability out there, and then we will spiral to individual components as they evolve,' Shea said.

'In the first spiral, we will see a lot of servers. In subsequent spirals, we will move toward communications equipment reaching back to the servers and applications that may be at combatant commanders' headquarters.'

The rollout conforms to the DJC2 deployment timeframe the Defense Department originally promised to Congress last year.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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