Operational Testers Use Net-Centric Tools to Test Net-Centric Systems
DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY FORT HUACHUCA AZ JOINT INTEROPERABILITY TEST COMMAND
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The U.S. Department of Defense DoD is attempting to field warfighter capabilities faster, within a tighter budget, and with less impact on the operational users. Concurrently, the DoD is also moving to a net-centric environment enabling information and service collaboration across the global information grid, requiring new and innovative ways to conduct operational tests OT. Joint Interoperability Test Command JITC testers are utilizing some of these new collaboration capabilities provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency to reduce costs, increase flexibility, reduce warfighter support requirements, and improve quality during OTs for net-centric systems. Net-centric systems and services typically consist of strategically located applications andor authoritative data sources, which provide capabilities to users via the unclassified and classified DoD networks. These systems may or may not include client-side applications, but many require nothing more than access permissions and a traditional web browser to use. Users access the capabilities from their duty locations or from wherever they have connectivity. One example of such a system is the Global Combat Support Systems Combatant CommandJoint Task Force GCSS-CC JTF, which provides logistics situational awareness, decision support, and visualization tools to combatant commands and Joint Task Force commanders.
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