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10 Apr 13. DISA command gears up for comms exercise in Africa. The Defense Information Systems Agency command responsible for helping bring about interoperability among different U.S. forces and coalition partners is preparing to deploy this summer for exercises with the U.S. Africa Command, DISA said April 8. The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) will participate in the 10-day communications exercise known as Africa Endeavor scheduled for the first half of August, DISA said. The exercise will take place in Lusaka, Zambia. The primary objective of Africa Endeavor is to increase the command, control, and communications capabilities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training, and procedures, as well as by creating documented standards that support interoperability. The organization will participate in Africa Endeavor 2013 by testing and documenting command, control, communications, and information systems (C3IS) interoperability among the participating nations and organizations in a collaborative test-bed environment, DISA said. The data collected during this forum will be used as a planning and resource tool in the development of C3IS architectures during future exercises and real-world operations. (Source: Defense Systems)

15 Apr 13. Henkel aerospace group announced that BONDERITE M-CR® 600 RTU liquid conversion coating for aluminum surface paint preparation has received military spec approval. The ready-to-use conversion coating reduces both waste and operator exposure, while maximizing product performance as a ready-to-use material for process baths. BONDERITE® M-CR 600 RTU is available in quarts, 5 gallon pails, and 55 gallon resealable drums, and can be used for both commercial and military aerospace applications. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

17 Apr 13. US Navy’s E-6B Mercury aircraft receives IPBE upgrade. The US Navy’s Boeing-built E-6B Mercury aircraft has successfully completed an internet protocol bandwidth expansion (IPBE) upgrade, as part of its service life extension programme (SLEP) overhaul. The IPBE upgrade will enable the E-6B Mercury aircraft to enhance its capability to support missions during any crisis, while replacing more than 5,000lb of backup equipment from the aircraft. A part of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, US, the aircraft 410 is the third fleet E-6B airborne command post aircraft to receive the IPBE upgrade. Enhancement to the aircraft’s secure local area computer network also enables the onboard battle staff members to operate the aircraft virtually, while saving space and weight. E-6 Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program Office (PMA-271) PMA-271 programme manager captain Dana Dewey said that the IPBE upgrade will provide the onboard aircraft crew with faster, more reliable internet access to both classified and unclassified information. Equipped with an airborne launch control system, the E-6B dual-mission aircraft has been designed to offer survivable, reliable and endurable airborne command, control and communications between the users. (Source: naval-technology.com)

18 Apr 13. The General Dynamics-built Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 is now in the hands of soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The soldiers are training for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan as part of the U.S. military’s Security Forces Advise and Assist Team. Once deployed, the soldiers will rely on WIN-T as their on-the-move network, enabling mission command and delivering vital situational awareness that soldiers need during a mission. In December 2012, the Army ordered 136 additional WIN-T Increment 2 network nodes. The order will bring the number of WIN-T Increment 2 network nodes to 532, extending the

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