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Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (JWID)

Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (JWID) are Joint Staff-sponsored demonstrations of evolving C4ISR technologies and joint/combined interoperability solutions. The capabilities and C4ISR processes are presented to the CINCs, the Military Services, and agencies in a joint operational environment that allows the warfighters of all Services to assess their value in solving current warfighting and interoperability deficiencies and recommend them for implementation or further refinement. Industry, government agencies, government and private research projects, and evolving government programs provide proposed self-funded demonstrations to be assessed by the warfighters.

JWID provides a structure where C4ISR capabilities and processes are rigorously vetted and assessed by the warfighter for usefulness, performance, and usability. Those capabilities that are assessed to improve interoperability or solve warfighting deficiencies are proposed for further assessment by the Joint Battle Center (JBC) and/or the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), for rapid insertion for warfighter use, or for insertion into the Joint Warfighting Capability Assessment (JWCA)/Joint Requirements Board (JRB)/Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) process. JWIDs support the Joint Staff's goal of operationalizing JV 2020. Joint/Combined interoperability is a key goal of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff.

JWIDs are a major element of the rapid technology insertion portion of the J-6 campaign plan to make the Global Information Grid a reality. JWID supports both DOD corporate goals "Shape the international environment and respond to the full spectrum of crises by providing appropriately sized, positioned, and mobile forces" and "Prepare now for an uncertain future by pursuing a focused modernization effort that maintains US qualitative superiority in key warfighting capabilities. Transform the force by exploiting the Revolution in Military Affairs and reengineer the Department to achieve a 21st century infrastructure." JWID supports these goals by identifying programs and procuring systems that would be instrumental in maintaining the qualitative superiority of US combat forces.

Specifically, JWID 2000 demonstrated 23 US technologies with two in the final selection process for acquisition during 2001. Both technologies offer a high payoff at little risk for the warfighters. In addition JWID 2000 was a significant contributor to allied interoperability. JWID 2000 provided the first activation of the Combined Federated Battle Lab Network (CFBLNet) which provides a year-round opportunity for research and development interoperability assessment among CINCs, Services, and allies. Key interoperability products of JWID 2000 included refinement of distributed collaborative planning (DCP) tools among senior warfighting commanders, availability of a common operation picture (COP) for simultaneous viewing by coalition task force and joint task force commanders, and advancements in exchanging electronic mail with attachments among allies.

JWID also provides exercises that help maintain readiness by the participating organizations. For example, the 23 US technologies were demonstrated at 14 US sites, evaluated by 244 warfighters, who completed over 1,629 questionnaires. In addition, allied nations conducted 147 additional demonstrations at another 21 locations. JWID thereby gained valuable operational warfighting insights for both allied personnel and the United States.

FY 2002 and out year JWID funding is revised to reflect CJCS direction to ensure critical milestones are met and gold nuggets are expeditiously acquired and fielded during the "exploitation year." The balance of required resources is maintained.



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