Northcom recommends funding three new technologies

Marine Sgt. Lazarus Florence demonstrates the Tactical Radio Interoperability Incident Commander Radio Interface at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demo in June.

Northern Command favors three interoperable technologies tested during this year's Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration and has recommended that they be evaluated by the Joint Forces Command for funding and deployment.

During CWID, the military services and partner organizations tested 49 systems for interoperability.

Last year, Northcom recommended five technologies for funding. None have been funded because of the War in Iraq, officials said.

'What we were looking for was interoperability with our coalition partners. We have to make sure that we're able to talk to these people and share information with these people,' said Chris Lambert, program manager for CWID at Northcom.

The three favorites are:

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Common Operational Picture
  • Multi-level-secure Information Infrastructure
  • Incident Commander Radio Interface.

The Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., served as the U.S. host command for the exercise, which ran in June and involved 26 international participants at nearly 30 sites worldwide.

In the U.S., other CWID trials were conducted at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va., Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego and Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Annual event

CWID has taken place annually since 1989. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is responsible for planning and oversight of CWID, while the Defense Information Systems Agency manages the day-to-day program operations and engineers the demonstration network.

The three technologies went the furthest in helping the Defense Department improve its interaction with Homeland Security, officials said.

WMD Common Operational Picture is a Defense Threat Reduction Agency program that lets users plan strategies after a WMD attack. The app provides a common information exchange environment over the Command and Control Personal Computer or Global Command and Control System.

Multi-level-secure Information Infrastructure, sponsored by Boeing Corp., is middleware that collects, translates and routes data either in its native format or in other protocols and formats.

The report found that MI2 successfully integrated feeds from disparate organizations to allow one common picture.

Communications-Applied Technology of Reston, Va., developed the Incident Commander Radio Interface. It is a tactical radio interface that provides voice interoperability among incompatible radio and communications equipment.

Lambert said the Joint Forces Command next will issue its own report within the next two months.

'We make our recommendations to them, and they take a look at them and do their own assessments and compare our top three with everybody else's top threes and make a final determination,' Lambert said.

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