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CHIPS Articles: JTRS Enterprise Network Manager Determined Operationally Suitable and Effective

JTRS Enterprise Network Manager Determined Operationally Suitable and Effective
By Joint Tactical Networking Center Public Affairs and Corporate Communications - November 7, 2012
The Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) recently announced that the JTRS Enterprise Network Manager (JENM), developed under the guidance of the Program Manager (PM) Joint Tactical Networks (JTN), formerly PM Network Enterprise Domain (NED), was assessed as operationally suitable and effective with a recommendation for service introduction. The JENM Operational Test Agency Evaluation Report (OTN-2-MP) was released September 10, 2012 by Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force.

The Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) of JENM was conducted in conjunction with JTRS Manpack and Rifleman Radios testing during the Army's Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.2 in April and May of 2012 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

JENM plans, configures and monitors JTRS radio networks that use the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) and the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW). These waveforms have the ability to transmit both voice and data, including video, photographs and graphic images over a secure wireless network managed by JENM. Furthermore, JENM provides the ability for JTRS based radios, developed by program of record and non-developmental Item (NDI) commercial vendors, to interoperate together and form a cohesive network.

JENM is the network manager employed for all SRW networks supported by POR Manpack and Rifleman Radios and four NDI radio systems currently participating in NIE 13.1. It is also a critical tool supporting SRW capable radios that are currently being integrated into the Army NETOPS systems as part of the Army's Capability Set 13 fielding plan. PM JTN is enhancing the capabilities of JENM to provide a more cohesive user interface and add the ability to manage radios using the next generation satellite communications waveform, Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), which is currently under development.

JENM is now being used in theater by soldiers serving in Afghanistan to plan, configure, monitor and manage JTRS capable SRW radios in support of combat operations.

As part of the Department of Defense, the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) develops, sustains and certifies Joint Tactical Networking applications and waveforms for the Warfighter; thus ensuring secure, interoperable and affordable battlefield networking systems. It is the provider for centralized management, development and sustainment of joint waveform and network management applications.

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