By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2010 – A demonstration project under way at 20 sites in the United States and overseas is helping to break down technological barriers to promote more interoperability and better intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data sharing among coalition partners in Afghanistan.
U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Empire Challenge 2010 kicked off two weeks ago and continues through Aug. 13, bringing together about 2,000 participants worldwide in a live, joint and coalition ISR interoperability demonstration, Air Force Col. George J. “Skip” Krakie told reporters today.
The annual exercise showcases emerging technologies and provides lessons learned to improve intelligence collection and analysis and test better ways to get it out to warfighters who need it.
This year’s demonstration, based on shortfalls identified by warfighters themselves, is focused on improving multinational interoperability and data sharing, explained Krakie, chief of Joint Forces Command’s ISR integration division...