U.S. Army officials have approved fielding of the next-generation Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) system, called the Joint Capabilities Release (JCR). FBCB2 JCR, which is developed by engineers at Northrop Grumman Corp., will give warfighters enhanced capabilities for battle command. The upgrades include an increase in network bandwidth that allows the system to move more information to more users within seconds rather than in minutes. JCR also provides a common FBCB2 platform solution for the Army and U.S. Marine Corps. The system includes Blue Force Tracking 2 (BFT 2), a high-tech, high-speed force-tracking satellite-communications network. Army officials say BFT 2 will be roughly 10 times faster than the existing BFT system. When JCR is fielded with the new BFT 2 transceiver and network upgrade, friendly positions will be updated in seconds. The BFT 2 also will include a new Programmable In-Line Encryption Device that is fully compatible with JCR.