Maneuver and logistics forces to share situational awareness

For the first time on the battlefield, maneuver and logistics forces will share situational awareness and messaging. The new capability, delivered by integrating the vehicle-based Movement Tracking System (MTS) into the Army's upgraded friendly force tracking system Joint Capabilities Release (JCR) provides two-way situational awareness and message exchange between convoys and the maneuver formations they are delivering goods to. The new tool is called JCR Logistics.

"This does a number of things on the battlefield, but increased situational awareness is key," said Lt. Col. Bryan "BJ" Stephens, product manager, Blue Force Tracking, for the Army's Program Manager Joint Battle Command-Platform (PM JBC-P), as quoted in an article written by the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical, and published at www.army.mil. "Before, MTS was a standalone network and separate software baseline. Now, logistics get the same mapping capability, the same operational picture and they pick up the same message sets as maneuver forces. On top of that, we've consolidated two field support processes, two training elements and two fielding teams into one operation."

JCR Logistics builds on Blue Force Tracking/Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, which is integrated on more than 120,000 platforms.

The MTS system, designed to track logistics formations, included a radio frequency identification capability to provide in-transit near-real time visibility of critical cargo. By integrating MTS into JCR Logistics, users can communicate with and track maneuver and logistics platforms together.

"This is a game-changer," said Thane St. Clair, chief of product/capabilities distribution for PM JBC-P, who was quoted in the Army article. "Before, MTS was a standalone system, using a separate network and different protocols that prevented the sharing of information. Now, JCR-equipped systems can communicate with and track maneuver and logistics platforms together for seamless situational awareness."

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