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Defense Info Agency Supports Korean Exercise

American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 17, 1997 – Troops training in 1997's Exercise Ulchi Focus Lens in Korea had access to a new tool that improved their warfighting abilities.

The Global Command and Control System Common Operational Picture debuted as the primary situational awareness tool for a major exercise in Korea. Thirty-five Defense Information Systems Agency personnel fielded system applications and hardware, according to U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command officials.

Agency personnel also fixed infrastructure problems, as the commands were to adopt the tool for real-world operations after the exercise. The U.S. Forces Korea Global Command and Control System architecture proved flexible enough to support both this exercise and real world operations.

Ulchi Focus Lens, a biennial exercise, exercises and validates procedures used to execute command and control and integration of U.S. and allied forces throughout Korea. It also tests and evaluates command, control and communications system capabilities and data communications. Ulchi Focus Lens is one of several DoD training exercises conducted to sharpen and build teamwork and joint war fighting skills. Information technology and the joint warfighting team's ability to share a common operational picture are integral elements of these exercises.

(From a Defense Information System Agency news release.)

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