Army puts new comms systems to the test at third NIE

Several thousand soldiers participating in the Army's third Network Integration Evaluation under way at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico will test at least three critical communications systems and evaluate another 36 systems in a geographic environment similar to Afghanistan, reports the El Paso Times.

The evaluation, which is scheduled to run through June 8, is not just a field evaluation for soldiers, but also is the integration, training and validation of those systems, the story said.

The semi-annual NIE is part of a concerted effort by the Army to close up what officials describe as a 10-year lag in certain parts of battlefield technology; namely, networking and communications.

Systems that pass the test could be fielded for the soldiers to use when they go abroad on new deployments within the next 10 to 12 months, the story said.

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