A new process designed to rapidly establish computer
networks when joint warfighters move in to areas where there is no
established communications network was developed by the U.S. Joint
Forces Command. Known as Wireless for the Warfighter (W4W), the
service provides an advanced wireless capability for faster setup,
communication and dissemination of critical data. It is designed to
cover an area of 5-10 miles with secure unclassified wireless and
secure classified local wireless access. An important advantage of the
new wireless service is the mobility it provides the users, an aspect
which proved to reduce logistical clutter in recent exercises. The
initial system will consist of local wireless connectivity but an
enhanced system, expected by May-June 2007 will improve coverage, by
employing a metropolitan area network (MAN) wireless capability.
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