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Department of Defense (DoD) Interoperability Communications Exercise (DICE)

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Since 1988, DICE has been conducted annually as the only DoD exercise whose primary purpose is to certify systems for joint interoperability. Starting in FY08, Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) began conducting DICE three times per year to accommodate the growing need for joint interoperability certifications, assessments and training. DICE builds upon the successes realized during other DoD technology demonstration and risk mitigation events. As the sole interoperability certifier of DoD Information Technology Systems (ITS) and National Security Systems (NSS), JITC conducts DICE in support of DoD joint interoperability testing, training, and exercise transformation initiatives.

DICE is sponsored by the Joint Staff and U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and conducted by JITC. The primary purpose of DICE is to mitigate operational risk by thoroughly testing new communications systems and software releases in a realistic joint tactical network. The network is comprised of the actual warfighting systems currently in use (or about to be fielded) and is established and manned by the actual owners and operators of the equipment. DICE also encourages participation of system developers and industrial partners to facilitate the finding and fixing of anomalies which affect interoperability or degrade communications performance. Most of the systems tested during DICE are candidates for joint certification. Because DICE employs a robust joint architecture along with the actual operational personnel to install, operate, and maintain the equipment, the exercise environment is characteristic of those used by the warfighting community during real-world combat and contingency operations.

DICE reduces the warfightersí risk of operational failure by aggressively testing new versions of software, equipment, and employment techniques in a representative Joint Task Force (JTF) communications network, while allowing operators and developers to train and collaborate in this environment. Additionally, DICE provides Joint and Service communicators an opportunity to achieve a degree of comfort using the new versions of hardware and software. This is achieved through JITCís emphasis on the three components of interoperability: Forces, Procedures and Equipment.

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DICE Objectives

DICE objectives include:

  1. Interoperability: Successfully demonstrate a high degree of interoperability of new versions of hardware and software employed in Joint transmission, switching, and information systems.
  2. Certification: Successfully integrate and conduct Joint interoperability tests on new and existing systems.
  3. Assessment: Successfully conduct developmental assessments which may not conclusively qualify for a certification, but may provide valuable insight into possible future uses or capabilities.
  4. Training: Replicate joint communication architectures and operational or organizational structures allowing participating units an opportunity to develop mission performance-oriented training.

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Last Revision: 14 Apr 08

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DICE
DoD Interoperability Communications Exercise

Email: Working Group POC
DSN: 879-5552 -or- (520) 538-5552
DSN: 879-5097 -or- (520) 538-5097
DSN: 879-5362 -or- (520) 538-5362

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DICE FY 08 Exercise

The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) will hold another certification event from 29 October through 16 November 2007. A coordination working group was held on 10-12 July 2007 at the JITC facility located at Indian Head, Maryland. The following reflects the remaining working group and exercise schedule for FY08.

Event Initial Working Group Final Working Group Exercise Dates
FY07-03 Completed Completed 23 Jul-10 Aug 07
FY08-01 03-05 Apr 2007 10-12 Jul 2007 29 Oct-16 Nov 2007
FY08-02 10-12 Jul 2007 23-25 Oct 2007 25 Feb-4 Apr 2008
FY08-03 23-25 Oct 2007 8-10 Apr 2008 TBD

Organizations that would like to participate in either the February or TBD events should plan on attending these working group.

The purpose of the working group will be to gather detailed information about systems/equipment that will be undergoing joint interoperability certification or assessment during the DICE EXERCISES, to ensure that the network infrastructure meets requirements for testing and is a realistic representation of real world networks. It is imperative that organizations that intend to participate in the exercise provide critical system/equipment information during this working group. Organizations that would like to be part of the network for training purposes are encouraged to participate and also requested to provide critical system/equipment information to ensure full integration into the network.

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General Information

For almost two decades, the Department of Defense (DOD) Interoperability Communications Exercise (DICE) has been conducted annually as the only DOD exercise whose primary purpose is to certify systems for joint interoperability. Starting with FY08, JITC will be conducting DICE Working Group and EXERCISES three times per year to accommodate the growing need for joint interoperability certifications, assessments and training. DICE builds upon the successes realized during other DOD technology demonstration and risk mitigation events. As the sole interoperability certifier of DOD Information Technology Systems (ITS) and National Security Systems (NSS), the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) conducts DICE in support of DOD joint interoperability testing, training, and exercise transformation initiatives.

DICE employs a robust and operationally realistic Joint Task Force (JTF) architecture that provides the necessary opportunities to vigorously exercise and evaluate non-secure and secure command and control voice, data and video services and interfaces, which are critical to split-base operations. Actual operational units install, operate and maintain the equipment and systems used in the exercise. These configurations are characteristic of those used in real world combat and contingency operations by the warfighting community and provide sufficient data to assess the interoperability of the systems and determine if anomalies experienced in the past were corrected. Additionally, DICE provides Joint and Service communicators an opportunity to achieve a degree of comfort using the new versions of hardware and software. This is achieved through JITCís emphasis on the three components of interoperability: the Forces, the Procedures and the Equipment.

For in-depth information on DICE 2006, refer to July 06 Testing Times.

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DICE Objectives

Typical DICE objectives include:

  1. Interoperability: Successfully demonstrate a high degree of interoperability of new versions of hardware and software employed in Joint transmission, switching, and information systems.
  2. System Certification: Successfully integrate and conduct Joint interoperability tests on selected new systems.
  3. Assessments: Successfully conduct developmental assessments that may not conclusively qualify of a certification, but may provide valuable insight into possible future uses or capabilities.
  4. Training: Replicate Joint communications architectures and operational or organizational structures that allow participating units an opportunity to develop mission performance-oriented training.

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Last Revision: 14 Apr 08

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