US DoD to deploy Mutualink platform for JUICE 2013 exercise

30 May 2013 (Last Updated May 30th, 2013 03:45)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has selected Mutualink's platform for the Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE), scheduled to run from 3-28 June at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland, US.

JUICE 2013 exercise

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has selected Mutualink's platform for the Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE), scheduled to run from 3-28 June at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland, US.

During the exercise, the platform will serve as a communications backbone for interoperability testing and concept of operations (CONOP) support throughout the joint US forces and coalition partner countries.

More specifically, the solution will allow secure voice, full-motion video and information sharing between joint and coalition partner organisations and networks on a global, real-time basis.

Mutualink senior vice-president Joe Mazzarella said: "Our platform is not only suited for coalition interoperability. It also addresses defence-to-civilian-agency collaboration barriers in a variety of contexts ranging from cross border enforcement, humanitarian and disaster relief, and multinational law enforcement efforts."

The solution will facilitate seamless and sovereign interoperable communications for the US Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, National Guard, Nato Special Operations, partner nations' defence units and civil public safety authorities during the month-long exercise.

"Our platform addresses defence-to-civilian-agency collaboration barriers in a variety of contexts ranging from cross border enforcement, humanitarian and disaster relief, and multinational law enforcement efforts."

Mutualink's new global secure emergency collaboration (GSEC) network is expected to connect up to 20 global locations, including the State of Rio Brazil Emergency Operations Center, which has deployed the platform in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics.

JUICE deployment locations include US military bases and entities, sites in Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, and the 28 nations of Nato through deployments in Nato Special Operations installations in Belgium.

Sponsored by the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), JUICE is an annual US Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) hosted exercise, which aims to establish joint communications interoperability between the DoD and allied and coalition partners, along with civil affairs agencies and industry partners.


Image: US Army personnel during the 2012 JUICE exercise at the Center of Excellence at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, US. Photo: courtesy of Ms Andricka Thomas (CECOM).

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