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Release No: 463-96
August 05, 1996

JOINT WARRIOR INTEROPERABILITY DEMONSTRATION, AUGUST 5-30

U.S. Central Command today kicks off Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration 96, the eighth in an annual series of technology demonstrations and the third sponsored by the Joint Staff, at several sites on the East Coast. The demonstration ends Aug. 30.

The Army's Joint Task Force at Fort Bragg, N.C., takes the lead in the demonstration. Primary JWID 96 sites include MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., headquarters for U.S. Central Command and the Joint Special Operations Task Force; Army Forces Headquarters is at Fort Gordon, Ga.; Air Force Forces Headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Marine Forces Headquarters at Camp LeJeune, N.C.; and Naval Forces Headquarters is embarked aboard the USS Kearsarge. The Defense Information Systems Agency operates an evaluation facility at Virginia Square in Arlington, Va., which simulates the National Command Authority.

Coalition forces, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, are also participating.

JWID is a series of technology demonstrations intended to further the goals of the Joint Staff Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence For The Warrior concept. The primary objectives are to identify joint warfighter interoperability problems, demonstrate improved operational capabilities for deployed forces, and promote interoperability among existing and emerging C4I systems required to support a joint task force.

About 40 new technologies will be tested against a scenario replicating U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility, and the command and control restraints in that area. Scenario play emphasizes several mission areas, including crisis action planning, intelligence dissemination, theater missile defense, and personnel/logistics total asset visibility.

Demonstrations include the Defense Message System, Theater Deployable Multimedia Communications, Rapidly Deployable Mobile Communications Systems, Battlefield Visualization, Global Broadcast Support to the Joint Warfighter, Electronic Key Management System, and deployments of Canadian Joint Task personnel.

A JWID 96 web site, http://www.army.mil/jwid96.htm, will provide updated information.

(Note for News Media. A briefing and tour of U.S. JWID 96 facilities will be available for news media Aug. 23, 1996. For more information, contact Maj. Tom Rheinlander or Lt. Col. Mike Monnett at Army Public Affairs, (703) 697-4314. The following points of contact are provided for the primary JWID 96 sites: U.S. Central Command public affairs office, Lt. Col. Antonino Fabiano, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. (813) 828-6694; U.S. Special Operations Command public affairs office, George Grimes or Lt. Col. Leslie Fraze, MacDill Air Force Base, (813) 828-4600; Joint Task Force Joint Information Bureau and Fort Bragg, Lt. Col. Tim Vane, (910) 396-5600; Army Forces public affairs office, James Hudgins, Fort Gordon, (706) 791-7003; Air Force Forces public affairs office, Capt. Catherine Reardon, Shaw Air Force Base, (803) 668-3621; Navy Force Forces public affairs office, Commander Navy Surface Fleet Atlantic, Cmdr. John Tull, Norfolk, Va., (804) 322-3140; Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet public affairs office, Lt. Cmdr. Bob Ross, Norfolk, (804) 444- 6887; Marine Force Forces public affairs office, 2nd Lt. Mark Oswell, Camp LeJeune, (910) 451-5655 or Maj. Rick Mill, (910) 451- 5883; and Defense Information Systems Agency public affairs office, Betsy McDonald or Charlie Rasch, Arlington, Va, (703) 607- 6048.)

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