The 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group conducted field testing of a new Free Space Optics system at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, August 21.
FSO is a secured laser optical communication system that transmits data in a nearly undetectable way that is outside of standard radio frequencies.
The system allows for larger data transfers then conventional systems, letting real-time imagery and other information to be transmitted at a faster rate.
The FSO is designed to be highly mobile and easy to use, making it easier for Marines of all stripes able to deploy the system.
“The FSO is technology which changes the dynamics of how Marines will support the demand for greater data throughout while not increasing the need for more radio frequency spectrum, an already constrained resource,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jerome Foreman, a strategic electromagnetic spectrum officer with Headquarters Marine Corps.
Foreman explains everything from the battlespace to providing humanitarian aid is data-driven so, “ensuring warfighters are equipped with the information they need whenever and wherever they need it, is critical to mission success.”
III MIG provides commanders the ability to integrate information warfare during their planning, training, and operations. One role of the III MIG is to field and test new information systems, which better equip the Marines during combat, training or support operations.