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[ISN] Report: Army network tests failed to adequately assess mobile operations
By Bob Brewin
Large-scale Army battlefield network tests last summer did not include
mobile operation scenarios and did not feature robust attacks against
the networks, the Defense Department's test organization said in its
annual report to Congress.
The ambitious six-week Army network integration evaluation at White
Sands Missile Range, N.M., last summer, which had 3,800 soldiers from
the 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team put battlefield
systems through their paces, cost $67 million, or roughly six times more
than previous tests. The benefits from the larger tests remain unclear,
said Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's director of operational
test and evaluation, in his annual test report submitted to Congress in
The report said the Army tested 25 experimental systems in the summer of
2011, the expense of which stressed the service's evaluation capacity.
In addition, the Army should develop operational scenarios in future
evaluations, the report said. Last summer, brigade and battalion
tactical operations centers and company command posts operated from
fixed sites and were dependent on a fixed-aerial tier of 100-foot towers
and aerostats to establish network connectivity.
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