The US Army has successfully concluded the 11th field evaluation exercise, network integration evaluation (NIE) 16.2, at Fort Bliss, Texas, US.
The two-week long exercise aimed to evaluate and improve the army’s mid-tier tactical network.
Nearly 2,000 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division performed combined arms manoeuvre missions.
The exercise evaluated network operations (NetOps) tools in a bid to simplify management of the network.
US Army Capability Package Directorate director colonel Terrece Harris said: "Trying to mitigate known or any potential vulnerabilities is one of the objectives to be gained from this exercise.
"We put the systems out with some of the known issues, apply patches developed by the engineers and programmers and see if they respond or work as intend."
The NIE 16.2 involved the testing and evaluation of 16 systems that improve soldiers’ expeditionary network and mission command capabilities.
Soldiers also assessed beyond-line-of-sight communications and a command initiated anti-personnel system.
Harris further added: "From an integration perspective, every NIE and Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA) presents unique challenges for us.
"A cornerstone of what we do is look for innovative and efficient ways to put capabilities on common and newly developed platforms."
Previously carried out twice a year, the NIE exercises will now be performed annually, starting with NIE 16.2.
The army will conduct the AWA later this year.
Image: Soldiers evaluated mid-tier tactical network during network integration evaluation 16.2. Photo: courtesy of Ms. Vanessa Flores, US Army.