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Experimental Equipment Provides Expeditionary Flexibility

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110722-30

From Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) tested a new communications technology during the Navy's annual fleet experimentation event, Trident Warrior 2011 (TW11) July 18 – 22 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va.

Termed the Deployable Joint Command and Control system (DJC2), this experimental technology is a multi-purpose communications suite that is designed to draw intelligence, surveillance technology, coalition networking, secret networking, video, and telecommunications into one integrated system.

"The system brings in every element of existing communications," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician David Pabon, Leading Chief Petty Officer at Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1. "DJC2 gets you pretty much everything you need, one way or the other. You have to configure the system a little bit, and there is specific equipment to bring, but everything you need is available."

The system takes battle space input from sensors and forward units, then communicates it miles away to provide real-time visual representation of dynamic battle space, Pabon explained. The capability to provide bandwidth from the battle space to expeditionary planners allows decision makers to concentrate on what expeditionary Sailors need to help commanders control the inland waterways and rivers harbors and shorelines.

"NECC has a lot of equipment that operates with their ground forces around the world, primarily out of tent-based operations centers," said Chris Chase of Science Applications International Corp., a support contractor for the DJC2 program office, PMW790. "DJC2 is a tent-based control system that is very well suited for use by NECC."

The success of DJC2 bodes well for NECC's focus on smaller, more flexible deployments of assets called Adaptive Force Packages (AFPs).

"We are trying to get to the point where our footprint is a lot smaller, and this new technology allows us to get there," said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Redel, Marine Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 4's communications officer. "By having the assortment of equipment, I can choose whether to go small or large, depending on mission needs."

The DJC2 demonstration provided the adaptive telecommunications solution today's expeditionary forces require.

"The key DJC2 parameters are transportability, scalability, and flexibility," said Chase. "We can go from an advance force of two people, on a commercial aircraft, setting up two networks in 30 minutes, up to 240 people on five networks set up inside of 24 hours. We run the complete range from very small unit to complete joint task force headquarters. Somewhere in the middle is what NECC needs, and that's what we're experimenting here at TW11."

NECC serves as the single functional command for the Navy's expeditionary forces and as central management for the readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of those forces. Expeditionary forces are organized to accomplish specific objectives in other countries.

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