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DICE2 Vision

Enable agile testing in a operationally realistic environment to ensure warfighter dominance in the information domain.

History of DICE

The Department of Defense (DoD) Interoperability Communications Exercise (DICE) was a tri-annual exercise. The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) conducted DICE in support of DoD joint interoperability testing, training, and transformation initiatives. DICE’s primary purpose was to mitigate operational risk by testing new communications systems and software releases in a realistic, joint tactical network. The original exercise was cancelled due to sequestration. Both the event and participant customers lacked funding to attend the event in its original form. This resulted in a pause in DICE iterations and inspired the reformatting and expansion of the event as a whole into a more comprehensive, accessible and cost-effective format.

What is DICE2

DICE2 plans to expand upon the scope of the former DICE events, which JITC ran for more than a decade. The new interoperability exercise has been broadened to incorporate the entire range of acquisition cycle testing. It will now include research and development, developmental testing, operational testing, interoperability testing, etc. and encompass all information technology and National Security Systems. The intent is to enable combined testing and evaluation of systems within every layer of the Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model) and to allow the warfighter to acquire, certify, rapidly deploy systems, and solve real-world communications and interoperability issues. Also, to identify capabilities and limitations in an operationally realistic environment. There would be a reduction of costs for all through resource sharing, maximizing of efficiencies, combined environment testing, and data collection support.