Exercise Talisman Sabre is a joint venture military activity that relies on links between ground, air, sea, intelligence, and cyber forces. The Australian Defense Force and the United States Military have been working together since 2005 to complete a number of exercises meant to strengthen crisis-action planning and contingency response capabilities of both nations. As the Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 is currently underway, there was one factor needed for all others to come together, and that’s a strong communication foundation.
“Talisman Sabre has units across the Pacific in Australia, Okinawa and Hawaii with more than 13,000 miles separating the locations. Communication specialists are using ground mobile force terminals to send data signals on multiple frequencies to a satellite located 30,000 miles in space. Transmissions are received through carriers on the satellite and repeated to other ground locations. ‘We as a communications battalion allow everybody to join together to do their part in a cohesive manner,’ said CWO2 Robert M. Childree, an operations officer with 7th Communication Battalion. During Talisman Sabre, time is essential. Vital information needs to be readily accessible at all times and communication makes that possible.