JBC-PJoint Battle Command - Platform (US Army)
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--Conduct land navigation without Global Positioning System (GPS) or JBC-P, with only certain elements allowed to turn on their systems during a coordinated time.
Units talk on the radio, utilize computers, and communicate via JBC-P with satellites, all producing a different signature in the radio frequency portion of the EMS.
Aggressively pursuing competitively awarded, fixed-price contracts is nothing new to PM JBC-P, which is assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T).
While all service providers had a shot in the competitive environment and all were treated equally, PM JBC-P, then known as PM FBCB2, decided to no longer accept the status quo.
By eliminating MTS software and moving forward with JCR-based systems, the JBC-P field support team has not needed additional resources.
Project Manager JBC-P intends to standardize all platforms to the next generation Blue Force Tracking 2 (BFT2) network used on JCR-equipped platforms.
Harrison provided feedback on JBC-P during a user jury held earlier this year by the Army's Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager (TCM) for Brigade Combat Team Mission Command (BCT MC) at Fort Benning, Ga.
Soldiers used JBC-P in realistic scenarios to send text messages, place calls for medics, and plot enemy strongholds.
The fieldings to Afghanistan required PM JBC-P to integrate JCR/BFT 2 onto Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles.
Several weeks prior to the JCR fielding that began in October, a group of field support representatives from PM JBC-P visited Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in Charleston, S.C., where network systems, including JCR/BFT 2, are being incorporated onto the CS 13 vehicles.
"Using the Mobile /Handheld CE Product Developers Kit, we're going to allow the third-party developers to actually develop capabilities that aren't stove piped," said LTC Mark Daniels, product manager for JBC-P. JBC-P, which will be fielded to both the Army and the Marine Corps beginning in fiscal year 2013, is the follow-on program of record for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below/Blue Force Tracking, or FBCB2/BFT.
JBC-P also comes with improved requirements for accuracy--an icon representing a vehicle on a JBC-P screen has to be within 200 meters of its actual location.