Army Coalition Forces Adopt NIEM
The Department of Defense Joint Services is using NIEM to facilitate data exchanges between U.S. military organizations and coalition partners. The U.S. Army's Project Manager Mission Command incorporated NIEM into version 4.3 of the Global Command and Control System-Army (GCCS-A), which combines Joint and coalition information onto one digital map. They used the system during a recent Joint-coalition exercise at the Joint Forces Training Centre in Poland.
The Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise (CWIX) provided a venue for system and network engineers from 12 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations, four partner nations, and 12 NATO commands to explore and solve interoperability issues. During the 13-day period, participants conducted more than 3,000 test interactions.
In the fall, GCCS-A 4.3 will be demonstrated at the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 15.1. After a follow-on operational test with United States Army Europe (USAEUR), soldiers should receive delivery of GCCS-A 4.3 in early 2016.
"Sending and receiving information with your partners is important, but if you can't translate or restrict the information, or don't have any way to see it all one map, then the shared information can become irrelevant," said John Andrew Landmesser, chief engineer for Strategic Mission Command, assigned to the Army's Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC). "GCCS-A and NIEM are leading the way to ensure unity for our future Joint and coalition missions."
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