This resulted in knowledge gaps and communication issues that presented a challenge for portable MFWS operators and the FBCB2 operators.
The single most severe challenge to DCGS-A functionality observed was the failure of some units and organizations to segregate portable MFWS into a separate operator/user group, protecting the platforms from automatic updates.
It provided unparalleled situational awareness for commanders and battalion staffs by providing the ability to transmit enemy templates, enemy unit locations, and additional intelligence from DCGS-A portable MFWS on the upper tactical infrastructure to tactical systems like the FBCB2.
Additional considerations discovered during the development and transfer of these overlays was the requirement to use correct STANAG 2525B symbology resident in the symbol palette of the 2D mapping system rather than the drawing tools available to the MFWS.
During the RSOI portion of the NTC rotation, Brigade analysts, the MICO All Source Technician, and DCGS-A FSRs worked with Brigade communications personnel to conduct a validation exercise to verify basic connectivity between all Portable MFWS, the IFS Server, and the network.
When analysts subscribed to the appropriate Publish and Subscribe Server feeds, FBCB2 position reports and observation reports sent from the FBCB2 network were extracted, displayed, and synchronized on each Portable MFWS in the Brigade Tactical Operations Center (TOC).
This allowed analysts to generate and send Variable Message Formatted data such as graphics, Freetext, and Entity Data Messages from Portable MFWS to selected FBCB2 platforms.