Internet chat rooms used for joint exercise command and control

During the recent joint Talisman Saber exercise held in Australia, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units relied on Internet chat rooms alongside more traditional systems for command and control, reported NextGov.

The operation ran from July 15 through Aug. 5 and included 18,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian military personnel. The USS Blue Ridge, command ship of the 7th fleet, controlled the exercise using six satellite communication systems and seven onboard networks.

In an interview with NextGov, Capt. Susan Bruce Joyner, 7th fleet assistant chief of staff for communications said that basic Internet chat stands out as the "favorite tool" for communications because "it's quick and easy."

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