The U.S. military faces a critical stage in establishing an effective and commanding position in the new tech- nologically advanced environment of regional net- working. Commanders and staff always are
seeking the “next best” solution to attain supremacy over adversaries in the pivotal domains of
command, control, communications, computers,
combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or C5ISR.
Some of that effort is shouldered by the Army’s Rapid
Equipping Force (REF), which began seeking out and quickly
supplying cutting-edge materiel solutions during the early days
of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq about 15 years ago.
Although the preponderance of combat operations in
those regions has waned, the REF remains relevant by
providing the technological advances commanders need to
maintain situational awareness on the battlefield, to prevent
fratricide and to rapidly maneuver their forces. Battlespaces
have evolved greatly over the last decade and a half, but
the REF’s mission endures: to address urgent
requirements to supply soldiers operating glob-
ally with innovative government and commercial
off-the-shelf materiel solutions.
In spite of the many advances in technologies employed
by today’s warfighters, gaps remain between tactical-edge
leaders, military air platforms and tactical operations centers. Until recently, conventional units lacked a system that
integrates disparate communication systems to generate a
single air and ground common operating picture.
One emerging solution is the Joint Expeditionary Integrated C5ISR (JEIC) kit, which provides both a complete line-of-sight package and a beyond-line-of-sight
U.S. Army Has Some New Mojo
The Rapid Equipping Force supplies troops with
a new kit to bridge battlefield communication gaps.
BY MAJ. (P) MARTIN
After receiving coordinates on the Nett Warrior
system, U.S. soldiers from the 35th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, prepare to move out
during a Network Integration Evaluation exercise.