• The overall reduction of the JTF
communications footprint when deployed,
• a decrease in the amount of time to connect
with various parts of a JTF,
• and the expansion of coverage area to network
services for individual warfighters.
Bohling added, "(W4W) provides mobility. One of the big aspects, unseen until the recent demonstration at the JTF-CS local exercise, is that it's reducing logistical clutter. When they deploy, their JOC usually has wired networks with wires running everywhere. We're cutting out a lot of the administrative, logistical, and operational 'fat' typically associated with traditional wired networks."
When speaking about W4W's deployment, Bohling said with the final product, there is "an outlook for May-June 2007 which will include an increased wireless capability. We want to provide that wireless metropolitan area network as opposed to just a local wireless capability."
For the security aspects of W4W, JSIC works with various partners to harvest products that are useable today.
Some of those supporting partners are the USJFCOM's Joint Communications Support Element, the Joint Experimentation Directorate, SPAWAR Tactical Communications Center, and the National Security Agency.
Bohling explained that W4W provides increased and easier access to network services. With these capabilities JTFs can establish command and control in a joint operations area much quicker.
"What they use today in the garrison, they're going to be able to use in the field and they're going to be able to have access to those resources they need, a lot easier, a lot faster and the decision cycles are going to speed up tremendously at all levels."