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As part of a celebration at the Pentagon of the Army's 235th birthday June 14, the Army's program offices in charge of the E-IBCT brought the hardware and software, and set up live demonstrations at the Pentagon courtyard.
They showed how in the E-IBCT, information collected by ground robots, unmanned aircraft or soldiers' digital cameras can be piped into a single network, the data can be instantly analyzed and disseminated up and down the chain of command.
The E-IBCT marks the first time the Army is feeding tactical intelligence into a network that is designed to be accessed by everyone in the brigade.
The Army now has only hovering unmanned aircraft in the E-IBCT, but it may add fixed-wing variants too, he said.
What makes the current E-IBCT stand out from previous attempts at deploying mobile networks is that it does not depend on satellite links or wired connections.
The E-IBCT includes handheld radios for troops who leave their vehicles.
The next major hurdle for the E-IBCT project comes in September, when it will undergo a "limited user test" at Fort Bliss, where a small battalion will conduct a simulated deployment.