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Joint Battle Command Platform (JBC-P)

Last Revised: January 9, 2017, 1:00 pm
  • A Marine with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, operates Joint Battle Command-Platform inside a vehicle during Network Integration Evaluation 14.2 at Fort Bliss, Texas. About 900 Marines joined the Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at the evaluation, which serves as an operational laboratory to incrementally enhance the Army's tactical network. JBC-P, a new situational awareness capability for the Army and Marine Corps, is built with today's force in mind featuring touch-to-zoom maps, drag-and-drop icons and a Google Earth-like interface. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest)

The Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC–P) is an Army-led  Acquisition Category (ACAT) II program designated by the Joint Requirement  Oversight Council as having joint interest supporting Tier 1 Joint Capability Areas of Joint Command and Control (C2), Joint Battlespace Awareness and Joint Net-Centric Operations.  The Marine Corps is participating in the Army’s JBC–P program under the  authority of the Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command.  The Marine Corps merged JBC–P, Blue Force Tracker (BFT), and Joint Capability Release (JCR) into the JBC-P Family of Systems (FoS) to streamline acquisition efforts and maximize synergy between projects. 

JBC-P FoS Increment I consists of JCR software, BFT mounted systems, Tactical Operations  Center (TOC) Kits, the improved BFT-2 transceiver, and the Krypto Graphic Voice (KGV)-72 National Security Agency Type 1 Programmable In-Line Encryption Device.   JBC-P FoS Increment II consists of JBC–P software, which will run on the hardware delivered under Increment I and on new hardware known as Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS).

Operational Impact: 

JBC-P FoS provides tactical input and output of battlefield digitized position location information and Situational Awareness (SA) at the company, squad, and platform level. JBC-P FoS supports the full range of military operations, enables enhanced combat effectiveness of friendly forces, populates the common tactical picture and supports development of the common operational picture.  JBC-P  FoS builds on the experience of evolutionary development of digital battle command information systems and provides integrated, on-the-move, timely, relevant C2/SA information to tactical combat, combat support and combat service support commanders, leaders, and key C2 nodes.

Program Milestone Status: 

JBC-P FoS is post Milestone C and in the Production and Deployment Phase.

Program Procurement: 
Initial Operational Capability (IOC) 3QFY14 (Inc I), 1QFY18 (Inc II) Full Operational Capability (FOC) 4QFY17 (Inc I), 4QFY21 (Inc II)

Related Parts:

Part Name Developer/Manufacturer Location Congressional District Electoral Votes
JBC-P Software Engineering Directorate Huntsville, Alabama District 5 9
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