Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) are an adaptive and evolutionary approach to designing, integrating and maturing the Army’s tactical network.
NIEs are critical to executing the network strategy, and fielding the most current technology, while being fiscally responsible. Through the NIE process, potential network and non-network capabilities are assessed in a robust operational environment to determine whether they perform as needed, conform to the network architecture and are interoperable with existing systems. The exercises also ensure that the network satisfies the functional requirements of the force, and relieves the end user of the technology integration burden
NIE 13.1 is the fourth in a series of semi-annual, Soldier-led exercises critical to building our Network and allowing the Army to leverage industry, eliminate burdens on deployed Forces and reduce acquisition costs, while providing greater capability to Soldiers faster. NIE 13.1 will take place in October and November 2012, and be conducted by the 3,800 Soldiers of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD), and managed by the NIE "TRIAD" - the Army Test and Evaluation Command, the Brigade Modernization Command and the System of Systems Integration Directorate. NIE 13.1 will conduct several program tests for record on site, an additional distributed test for record from Yuma Proving Ground, AZ, and evaluate more than 20 industry and government capabilities known as Systems Under Evaluation (SUE). Nett Warrior will conduct its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) as part of NIE 13.1.