WIN-T Increment 1: DIRECT


The Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) provides interoperable communications support to National Guard response forces and local first responders in support of civil missions and domestic emergencies. DIRECT provides collaboration and communication services at incident sites that link local responders and emergency managers with state and federal authorities.

Domestic emergencies happen quickly and often without warning. The DIRECT advanced communications system can rapidly deploy anywhere in the U.S. to enable vital interagency communications. It provides critical communications capabilities to numerous National Guard missions that include large-scale pre-planned events, responses to man-made and natural disasters and other civil support and humanitarian efforts. The system includes a modular communications system, support equipment and a team of trained DIRECT operators and maintainers that can provide global communications within an hour to help save human life and material property.

Formally known as the Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC), DIRECT was renamed by the National Guard to avoid confusion with previous capability. DIRECT is a major upgrade and replaces the legacy JISCC. Improvements and new capability provide commercial internet and phone accessibility, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, and radio bridging and cross-banding, enabling first responders to seamlessly communicate with each other.

Main Components

  • The Joint Network Node (JNN) is a transportable network node that provides high-speed wide area network capability for secure voice, video and data exchange.
  • The Satellite Transportable Terminal (STT) is highly transportable and mobile satellite system that operates in conjunction with the JNN and is designed to establish secure voice, video and data communications virtually anytime and anywhere.
  • Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Cellular transmission infrastructure capability will support Soldier wireless and cellular handheld requirements. Wi-Fi covers a limited footprint and is used inside the ‘skin’ of the incident site tent, while 4G LTE is used with smartphones and eventually tablets to extend coverage to an entire base radius.
  • The Commercial Coalition Equipment (CCE) provides tactical access to commercial internet and commercial telephone services to facilitate coalition and civil support. An integrated radio-bridging and voice cross-banding module allows interconnection between telephones, combat net radios, first responders’ radios and voice applications, supporting both civil and military operations. It enables seamless interoperability among disparate radio networks without supplying common radios to these users.
  • The DIRECT package also includes a towed generator, towed equipment trailer with communications equipment, tent and support supplies.

Last Updated: November 13, 2015