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Warfare Center Supports Exercise Bold Quest

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120621-15

From Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Public Affairs

CRANE, Ind. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), personnel provided electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum collection support for Exercise Bold Quest 2012 at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, in Indiana, June 12-13.

NSWC Crane personnel conducted data collection of wireless networks to examine data flow, protocols, users, operations and topology to conduct an initial reconnaissance of the Bold Quest network environment.

This exercise offered the opportunity to expand research of Computer Network Operations (CNO) to leverage the Science and Technology Opportunity Artificial Environment for Experimentation, meshing CNO with Digital and Cognitive Radio, including Spectrum Management and Electronic Warfare.

"The current warfighting environment is saturated with electromagnetic spectrum activity," said Erika White, Joint Mission Office director for electronic warfare. "NSWC Crane's involvement in this event strengthens our EW capability by being able to capture real-time data in a realistic combat environment during the exercise."

Bold Quest 2012, a joint staff led exercise with more than 400 personnel participating from 11 countries, focused on combat identification interoperability issues associated with digitally aided close air support, and the technologies, tactics, techniques and procedures relevant to varied ground and air sources of fires.

The signals of interest collected during the exercise will help develop plans for future Bold Quest exercises. NSWC Crane played an important role in assuring joint staff programs that the cyber technologies supporting the Bold Quest mission are ready for in-theater operations.

In addition to being able to capture the data necessary concerning the cyber reconnaissance and observation of wireless data communications, the report to the joint staff will reflect contingency planning for the next event that could include conducting cyber penetration and attack techniques.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command with focus areas in special mission, strategic missions and electronic warfare/information operations. The warfare center's research and development efforts support the warfighter by providing capabilities and resources to advance technologies for the military.

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