Big test starts Monday at WSMR, Fort Bliss

Six-week operation to involve 3,800 soldiers, 1,000 vehicles

White Sands Missile Range

Residents and motorists in and around White Sands Missile Range can expect to see increased traffic for the next six weeks as a large-scale test is conducted on the sprawling missile range, according to a WSMR news release.

There will be more vehicles, to include military vehicles, entering the WSMR main post from both El Paso and Las Cruces.  Motorists will notice this increased traffic on War Road as well as U.S. Highway 70 and U.S. Highway 54 near the missile range exits.  The test runs 24 hours a day, Monday through Fridays.  Activities will be curtailed on the weekends.

This test program, called the Network Integration Evaluation 12.1, starts Monday and runs through Nov. 19 on both the missile range and at Fort Bliss, the news release said.

It is the second in a series of semi-annual field exercises designed to evaluate deliberate and rapid acquisition solutions, as well as integrate and mature the Army’s tactical network.

A TRIAD — the Brigade Modernization Command, Army Test and Evaluation Command and the Program Executive Office – Integration — will assess networked and non-networked capabilities and determine their implications across the areas of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities, missile range officials said.

The Army will measure success by what is learned when it puts these networked capabilities in the hands of soldiers in the field for evaluations.

The exercise will involve more nearly 3,800 soldiers and 1,000 vehicles from 2nd Brigade, First Armored Division at Fort Bliss.  The first in this series of evaluations was conducted on the missile range during the summer.




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