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WIN-T Inc. 2 on Strykers at National Training CenterOn the battlefield, Soldiers need to shoot, move, and communicate in order to complete their missions. Today, only a portion of the Army can do all three simultaneously and communicate on-the-move from their combat vehicles. In a recent editorial featured in Forbes, author Loren Thompson reports on the importance of equipping the entire U.S. Army with the WIN-T Increment 2 mobile network.  (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

Army Needs One Hour Of Federal Spending Per Year To Fix Vulnerable Links – And Can’t Find It
By: Loren Thompson, Forbes, 3/9/2017

If you can’t move on the modern battlefield, then you probably can’t survive. So the fact that most of the U.S. Army’s combat units rely on a tactical network that requires soldiers to stop moving before they can communicate with headquarters is really dangerous.

However, the Army is so strapped for modernization funds that it can’t afford to implement a solution quickly, even though it spent years developing a secure mobile communications system that has proven itself in Iraq and Afghanistan. The system is called Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, or WIN-T.

The initial increment of WIN-T for communicating while halted was fielded fast because soldiers desperately needed better battlefield links in the fog of war that was Iraq. But the second increment, which uses satellite links and line-of-sight radio signals to provide secure voice, video and data communications on the move, is proceeding very slowly.

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