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It started as a media campaign - "branding" a term that would be recognized, establishing a buzzword for the other services and Congress to identify the Army's overall network strategy for the future force. The Army's Training and Doctrine Command Futures Center created LandWarNet as a concept and strategy so that it would be recognized in the Joint services community.

The Air Force has their overarching term with Command and Control Constellation," he said. "So does the Navy with their FORCEnet. When someone talks about one of these, you recognize the term for their effort encompassing all those services and capabilities. The Army did not have that recognition, and it was needed in the Joint arena.

LandWarNet started off as TRADOC's operational and tactical network requirements for the future warfighter. Bringing together all those capabilities under one name, LandWarNet, helps funnel those into one view. LandWarNet integrates all the disparate efforts into one network. One giant system, with all these many pieces, come together in LandWarNet.

Shortly after its inception, the Army's chief information officer/G-6, Lt Gen. Steven W. Boutelle, was preparing to go before Congress with other services to talk about future networks. Boutelle felt it was the right time to take LandWarNet as the Army's name to show that we are in line with the other services. Showing that the Army was not doing distinct things from the Air Force or the Navy, taking the LandWarNet name up to the service level, institutionalizes the concept and plugs it into the Global Information Grid. The GIG is that which interconnects all the services and agencies. LandWarNet is now the Army's portion of that grid, supporting users around the world.

The idea behind LandWarNet is how to best support the warfighter, the Soldier. It will give Soldiers the ability to reach up and grab that information they need. LandWarNet brings together the Active and Reserve Components and connects them into the GIG. TRADOC is still focused on the warfighting piece of LandWarNet, but now the G-6 has the overall responsibility for the infrastructure and services.

How information gets from the factory to the foxhole is just one piece of LandWarNet. The link that connects to the Soldier is the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, explained Farmer. This one piece connects into LandWarNet, which in turn connects into the GIG, and allows interoperability with other services. Getting these greater technologies to the Soldier means greater ability. Soldiers coming into the force today are quicker at picking up these technologies and changes. This enables them to better accomplish their job.

LandWarNet brings the visibility and recognition that will allow the Army to achieve its networking goals. The crux of the Army's plan to become a knowledge-based, net-centric force means enabling individual Soldiers to get the information they need. LandWarNet will provide the ability to gain information and get it to the unit that needs the knowledge so the unit can act on it before the enemy can act.

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