WIN-T Increment 1: DIRECT


Domestic emergencies happen quickly and often without warning. The new Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) system provides interoperable communications support to Army National Guard response forces and local first responders in support of civil missions and domestic emergencies. DIRECT enables the Army National Guard to provide collaboration and communication services at incident sites, linking local first responses and emergency managers with state and federal authorities. Without compromising the secure military network, the system leverages the National Guard’s organic Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) equipment to provide Commercial 4G/ Commercial Wi-Fi, commercial phone and internet access, and the ability to connect the disparate radios that various responders bring to the incident site. The system also enables interconnection between telephones, military radios, first responder radios and cell phones for improved collaboration. 

DIRECT will replace the Army National Guard’s legacy Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC). Although JISCC aided first responder communications, it did not enable the military and first responders to directly communicate over the robust WIN-T network. DIRECT will be fielded under the Army’s WIN-T Increment 1 program to all 50 states and four territories with an Army National Guard presence.

Main Components

  • The Joint Network Node (JNN), organic to the unit, 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), also organic to the unit, 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.
  • Commercial Wi-Fi and Commercial 4G LTE Cellular 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.
  • Commercial Coalition Equipment (CCE), which fits into a single man-portable transit case and provides the tactical access to commercial internet and telephone services. Integrated into the CCE, the radio-bridging and voice cross-banding module enables interconnection between cell, landline and Voice over Internet Protocol calls, military radios and first responder radios. It enables seamless interoperability among disparate radio networks without supplying common radios to all the users, as was done in the past. Army National Guardsmen can combine radio and phone networks for crossed communications or create secure forums where various agencies can talk in independent groups.
  • The DIRECT package also includes a towed generator, towed equipment trailer with communications equipment, tent and support supplies.

Last Updated: March 6, 2017