During a recent Joint Forcible Entry training mission, the Army’s Global Response Force successfully used En-route Mission Command to enable real-time joint intelligence, communications and collaboration capabilities as they flew cross country to battle simulated enemy forces. 
EMC delivers critical in-flight mission command, plane-to-plane and plane-to-ground network communications and situational awareness onboard the aircraft, so commanders can continue planning en-route and their paratroopers are well prepared to jump into potentially hostile territory.
“EMC provides commanders with an enhanced degree of flexibility to be able to plan, adjust and communicate with all the departments that interoperate (in a JFE mission),” said Lt. Col. Lee Adams, commander for the 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, which supports the GRF with EMC. 
The GRF of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and XVIII Abn. Corps is required to rapidly respond to any threat worldwide with little or no notice. EMC leverages technologies similar to those used by today’s commercial airlines to provide in-flight network access, enabling the GRF to access secure and reliable voice, video and data communications provided by the Army’s Tactical Network while onboard an Air Force C17 aircraft. 
EMC also enables mission command capabilities, such as Command Post of the Future, which provides a common operational picture and collaboration capabilities.
The 50th ESB Soldiers operating EMC can also extend the same en-route communications, enhanced situational awareness and planning capabilities to other aircraft that are flying out to the mission. 
“EMC provides an expeditionary command post capability in flight, so the GRF can retain the same level of situational awareness and collaborative communications they have on the ground, in the air, without skipping a beat,” said Lt. Col. Mark Henderson, product manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1, which manages EMC for the Army. WIN-T itself is assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical.
“EMC increases their confidence,” Adams said. “They understand the mission on the ground and know in near real-time what is happening.” 
During the GRF JFE training mission in May, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div. flew in an Air Force C17 aircraft for six hours, from Fort Bragg to a designated drop zone in New Mexico. EMC enabled the 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. commander to keep ahead of changing battle conditions en-route.
It provided an enhanced degree of operational flexibility, enabling him to communicate, plan and adjust with all the joint elements interoperating in the rear, in the air and forward on the ground, said 2nd Lt. Zachary Jacobson, 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion EMC officer in charge, who supported the training mission. 
Jacobson said that EMC provided three primary communication and collaboration services — the ability to reach back to the Joint Operations Commands for continual situational awareness and updates on developing situations, the ability for the JOC to reach forward to the battlefield commander on the plane, and communications between aircraft involved in the JFE. 
“EMC provided unity of command,” Jacobson said.