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  • "The various platforms of CS13 give us a digital reach like we've never had before," Maj. Pickens said.

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  • "We can maintain a robust communications capability even while the infrastructure around us on [forward operating bases] collapses," Maj. Pickens told the Army news service. "With anything new, it takes time to fully understand the capability — both its opportunities and its deficiencies. CS13 is a significant step in the right direction to enable mission command at all echelons and across all environments."

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