DICE kits to assist intel analysts

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  • By Senior Airman Jasmine M. Barnes
  • 23rd Wing Public Affairs
The 23rd Wing is one of the first lead wings to implement the Deployed Intelligence Combat Element (DICE) kit in an effort to support Agile Combat Employment.

"Agile Combat Employment is all about providing agility and lethality to our Air Force and Joint Force commanders across the globe," said Brig. Gen. Steven Gorski, director of intelligence for Air Combat Command. "The concept requires resilient and secure communications to maintain battlespace awareness. The DICE kits put capability in the hands of our Airmen today so they can refine their approach as they exercise Agile Combat Employment in austere conditions across multiple theaters.”

The DICE kit allows intel analysts to easily establish secure communications downrange with a smaller footprint in the area of responsibility.

“(The kit) gives us the ability to pick up and move to a bare base in a condensed amount of time and re-establish our communications,” said Master Sgt. Shane Law, 23rd Wing A-2 superintendent. “If something popped off on the other side of the globe, we can go there, then set up a Combat Intelligence Cell in about 30 minutes.”

The DICE kit is made up of multiple pieces to include a router, a satellite communications antenna, power generators and more. The specifics of how it works are classified, but one of the biggest takeaways from this equipment is that it gives analysts the ability to operate in a contested environment with a reduced risk of leaking classified information.

“(The DICE kit) allows us to perform a wide array of functions like battle tracking, threat analysis, and command and control,” said 1st Lt. Joseph Tamesis, 347th Operations Support Squadron Intelligence Flight officer in charge of operations. “With this kind of technology, we don’t have to rely on existing infrastructure.”

The implementation of the kit is still in its early stages across the Air Force. However, Team Moody is ready to operate with it as soon as tomorrow.