Bridging the Gap
Jimenez, Alfredo, Soldiers Magazine
THE first-ever Stryker Brigade Combat Team--Fort Lewis's 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division--prides itself on being rapidly deployable.
So it's fitting that the battlefield information the unit receives should arrive just as fast. Through a system called the "digital bridge," information travels via satellites, rather than by the usual line-of-sight radios. With this system, vital information and pictures can be transmitted to units on the ground from anywhere in the world, in real time.
"Designed about a year ago, the digital bridge complements the SBCT's extensive computer system and allows the SBCT to connect to other computer systems," said MAJ Brian Edholm, digital bridge executive officer.
"The digital bridge allows the 3rd Bde. to see a real-time picture of the battlefield. And the system is evolving, because the SBCT is still in a testing phase," said CW2 Ronald Carrasquillo, 29th Signal Battalion network manager.
The system has several central nodes that transmit information into the main hub. …