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  • 10th Mountain Soldiers support network improvements- in both real and mock missions

    Aug 12, 2014

    As the first unit to deploy to Afghanistan with WIN-T Increment 2 and other elements of the Army's inaugural network Capability Set, 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 10th Mountain Division has played a unique role in the evolution of the tactical network for the Army.

  • 101st Airborne conducts air assault training with new communications gear

    Aug 8, 2014

    Conducting the Army's first large-scale joint force entry air assault in more than 11 years, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ascended into the night to confront a hostile, mobile threat.

  • Army hackers attack, protect Army network in preparation for Network Integration Evaluation

    Aug 4, 2014

    As new technologies are introduced into the Army's network, they are evaluated during semi-annual, Soldier-driven operational exercises in the mountains and desert of Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

  • Army's first of its kind lecture series leverages lessons from the past

    Jul 30, 2014

    Lt. Gen. William Campbell (Ret.) will offer new insights for today's Army as the first speaker in a new lecture series on September 30 at the Army's center of excellence for communications and electronics.

  • C4ISR campus' first Product Support Managers appointed

    Jul 24, 2014

    With an emphasis on elevating and expanding total lifecycle management, the first portfolio product support managers of Aberdeen Proving Ground's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) campus were appointed at an assumption of charter ceremony on July 21.

  • NCOs support test of improvements that simplify Army's mobile network

    Jul 24, 2014

    Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and other Soldiers in network-equipped vehicles conducted real-world mission threads in harsh desert terrain covering over 1,250 accumulated miles a day to evaluate recent improvements to the Army's high capacity, mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2. Soldier feedback from theater, the Army's Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) and user juries helped the Army make WIN-T Increment 2 easier to operate and maintain. Among the many system enhancements are drastically reduced startup and shutdown times; a new, easy to use graphical interface; improved and simplified troubleshooting tools and faster, easier calls that extend radio networks.

  • Army creates common technology marketplace for communications hardware

    Jul 17, 2014

    The Army is creating a standard marketplace of tactical communications hardware to support the Common Operating Environment initiative and deliver a familiar and intuitive experience for Soldiers.

  • Mission Command expands its capabilities to reach across echelons

    Jul 15, 2014

    With the recent merger of PM Mission Command (PM MC) and Joint Battlefield Command-Platform (JBC-P), Soldiers on duty are beginning to see this same type of system commonality, whether inside the command post or on--the-move.

  • Soldiers test changes to Army's mobile network that make it easier to use

    Jul 7, 2014

    Covering over 1,250 miles a day in scorching desert heat, Soldiers successfully completed the second of two rigorous developmental tests to evaluate improvements to the Army's high capacity, mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2.

  • Army completes enduring large satellite terminal footprint in Afghanistan

    Jul 1, 2014

    Keeping in mind lessons learned from the drawdown in Iraq, the Army is six months ahead of schedule with the completion of its enduring Deployable Ku Band Earth Terminal (DKET) satellite footprint in Afghanistan, avoiding potential retrograde challenges at the height of the exodus.

  • New logistics tracking tool simplifies complex data

    Jun 30, 2014

    Spawned from a spreadsheet that managed warranties for the Army's protected ground satellite terminal program, the Acquisition Logistics Performance Scorecard (ALPS) has evolved into a comprehensive logistics tracking and management tool that can manage any Department of Defense (DoD) system throughout its entire lifecycle.

  • Sustainment System Mission Command retires, moves logistics to the web

    Jun 27, 2014

    The S2MC charter retired, moving existing BCS3 capabilities into sustainment to transition all BCS3 capabilities to the web.

  • A change of charter is just one new beginning for Tactical Mission Command

    Jun 27, 2014

    The Tactical Mission Command Change of Charter (TMC) marked the begninning of the new PM Mission Command, and included the addition of BCS3 logistics web apps to its portfolio.

  • USMA cadets tackle valid Army training issue

    Jun 27, 2014

    The capstone project for four USMA cadets provided a real-life Army training issue, and the seniors answered with a viable solution.

  • Network hotspot evolves with Soldier input

    Jun 24, 2014

    The Soldier Network Extension (SNE), which delivers the Army's mobile tactical network backbone to the company level, is evolving from a vehicle used by the company commander to an information hotspot allowing other Soldiers to plug in, make phone calls and send and receive data from anywhere on the battlefield -- from an Afghan polling place to an air assault observation point.

  • Army restructures WIN-T Increment 3 program to focus on network operations

    Jun 19, 2014

    The Army is restructuring the third increment of its tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), to focus on the enhancement and simplification of Network Operations (NetOps), setting the stage for the Army's network of 2025.

  • Leaders: Network, cyber key to Force 2025

    Jun 17, 2014

    Networks and cyber are "the commander's business" today -- and will be fundamental to executing the vision of Force 2025, Army senior leaders said.

  • Wi-Fi, 4G LTE hits battlefield

    Jun 13, 2014

    The Army is introducing the power of 4G to the battlefield, providing coverage that stretches across a forward operating base so Soldiers can access mission information from their smartphones, not their desks.

  • Army program goes green by recycling equipment

    Jun 6, 2014

    Recycling paper and plastic is one way to be more green. The Army, however, is going green on a different scale -- by recycling radio equipment.

  • Marines, Soldiers test new blue force tracking system at NIE 14.2

    Jun 5, 2014

    The Army's next-generation situational awareness and friendly force tracking system received an unprecedented workout by Soldiers and Marines, during the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 14.2, which concluded May 22, 2014.

  • U.S. Army hosts Rifleman Radio Industry Day in support of radio marketplace

    Jun 5, 2014

    The U.S. Army hosted an industry day on May 27 to discuss its plans to procure next-generation Rifleman Radios through full and open competition.

  • Advancing waveforms plays a key role in creating Army radio marketplace

    Jun 4, 2014

    The Army's goal to create a "radio marketplace" is becoming a reality as the Project Manager for Tactical Radios (PM TR) moves forward to procure next-generation radio hardware from multiple vendors. At the same time, the Army continues to advance the software so that all of these products can interoperate as part of a holistic, integrated network.

  • Battle-tested Stryker upgrades to new blue force tracking

    Jun 4, 2014

    After bringing a "one-two" punch of survivability and tactical mobility to the field in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army's combat-proven Stryker vehicle is now getting a high-speed network upgrade.

  • Project manager of mission command retires after forging path for next-gen command post technologies

    Jun 3, 2014

    COL Jonas Vogelhut, Project Manager for Mission Command, retired following 25 years of service.

  • New PM Mission Command aligns capabilities to support Force 2025

    Jun 3, 2014

    The merger of Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC) and Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) is breaking down the barriers between the command post and mounted capabilities.

  • Fire Support Command and Control changes hands, moves into the next-generation of fires capabilities

    May 29, 2014

    FSC2 welcomes a new leader during a change of charter ceremony on May 22, 2014.

  • New satellite program of record increases capabilities, rapid response

    May 29, 2014

    When equipped with the latest, suitcase-sized satellite communications equipment, Soldiers will be able to connect to the Army's high capacity network anytime, anywhere.

  • Army tests network capabilities at NIE 14.2

    May 27, 2014

    With an unprecedented level of Joint and international involvement, Network Integration Evaluation 14.2, the seventh in a series of semi-annual field evaluations which focused on improvement and simplification of the Army's networked capabilities, came to a close May 22, 2014, at Fort Bliss, Texas.

  • Under SecArmy Carson stresses network modernization, thanks troops at Fort Bliss

    May 19, 2014

    Undersecretary of the Army Brad R. Carson visited Fort Bliss, Texas, May 15, 2014, which he described as one of the Army's premier installations to highlight one of the service's top modernization priorities, the tactical communications network.

  • Army mobile network leader honored as Sammie Medal finalist

    May 19, 2014

    Serving as the deputy product manager (DPdM) for the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 program, Patrick DeGroodt, who was instrumental in delivering a mobile tactical communications network to Soldiers in Afghanistan, has been named a finalist in the prestigious 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammie) awards.

  • Faces of the Force: Daniel Woolley

    May 14, 2014

    Software engineer turned chief architect hardwires the Army of 2020

  • Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

    May 13, 2014

    With the Army's new tactical network, squads and platoons can share data and images, track friendly and enemy locations and stay connected while covering more ground. Now, the Army is advancing a new radio capability that will more seamlessly connect those units to their higher headquarters.

  • Real time asset visibility is leading the way for retrograde

    May 13, 2014

    An unprecidented retrograde effort requires state-of-the-art logistical situational awareness across the joint forces. Battle Command Sustainment Support System-Node Management (BCS3-NM) is the tool bringing the In-Transit and Asset Visibility picture for commanders and staffs at all levels of command.

  • New tactical app helps reduce Unit Task Reorganization burden

    May 9, 2014

    The Army is set to evaluate a new tactical app that could reduce a process that now requires several days and even weeks to plan and execute, down to three clicks and three minutes.

  • Army, industry partner to enhance network standards, security, simplicity

    May 7, 2014

    From an iTunes-like electronic marketplace for downloading security algorithms to network enclaves the size of a suitcase, the Army is joining with government and industry partners to advance communications technologies that support an expeditionary force.

  • Army holds first terrain walk ahead of Manpack Radio test

    May 2, 2014

    Combining new Google Earth technology and old-fashioned walking, the Army used a creative approach to prepare for a key test on the Manpack Radio.

  • An integrated force at NIE 14.2

    May 1, 2014

    Soldiers believe that having the most advanced networked technology will help both in and out of combat. More than 3,000 Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment, and 2nd Marines Division will play an integral role in validating systems at this year's Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.2.

  • 'Apps on a map' link the command post, mounted, dismounted Soldiers

    Apr 30, 2014

    Today's consumers enjoy both a common look and feel and interoperability between their computers, tablets and smartphones. Through recent advances in the Common Operating Environment, the Army is well on its way to providing these same capabilities to Soldiers.

  • Army increases in-flight situational awareness for rapid response forces

    Apr 28, 2014

    With help from the Army's new in-flight internet and mission command capability, commanders of Global Response Force units will be able to plan missions in the air, while their Soldiers receive operational updates and watch full-motion video of upcoming drop zones before their parachutes ever open.

  • Army awards competitive radio contract

    Apr 14, 2014

    In another step to extend digital communications to the tactical edge, the Army has issued its first multiple award, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) Appliqué radio systems.

  • NIE partnership leads to streamlined process

    Apr 8, 2014

    When it came time to integrate the Army's next generation situational awareness capability, known as Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P), onto 250 vehicles - more than in previous NIEs - Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) brigade and battalion communications sections took on the task by working with Project Manager (PM) JBC-P to ensure all necessary vehicles were integrated to support test initiatives.

  • Army prepares for NIE 14.2 with process improvements

    Apr 8, 2014

    Fort Bliss, Texas (April 8, 2014) -- Uniting Soldiers and emerging communications technologies in unpredictable scenarios and rough terrain, the Army's Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) provide an operational laboratory to incrementally enhance the Army's tactical network.

  • Morrison takes command of NETCOM

    Apr 2, 2014

    Brig. Gen. Peter A. Gallagher relinquished command of NETCOM to incoming commanding general, Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr.

  • Suitcase-sized capability keeps coalition network running during retrograde

    Apr 1, 2014

    As U.S. and coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan and take most of their communications infrastructure with them, a new capability the size of a suitcase will enable Soldiers to connect to the coalition network from anywhere on the planet.

  • Network After Next

    Apr 1, 2014

    NIE consistency and more competition will drive industry innovation. This article was originally published in the Jan. - March 2014 issue of Army AL&T magazine.

  • 101st Airborne advances training with Army network

    Mar 24, 2014

    As they prepare for their first large-scale air assault exercise since before 9/11, the Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are not just getting "back to basics" with their core mission -- they are using the Army's new tactical network to take it to the next level.

  • From '1984' to 2025: Army, industry focus on next-generation network

    Mar 20, 2014

    From touchscreens and mission apps for Soldiers to wireless networking for command posts, Army senior leaders today outlined their vision for a powerful, yet simple to operate tactical network designed to support both a more expeditionary force and a generation of Soldiers who are digital natives.

  • U.S. Army and Navy team to extend radio reach

    Mar 19, 2014

    By pairing the U.S. Army's Manpack Radio with the U.S. Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), Soldiers will be able to have voice, data and network connectivity from almost any point on Earth.

  • Army modernization of encryption devices focuses on simplification

    Mar 18, 2014

    As the Army transitions from fighting two wars to preparing for future contingencies, including both conventional and hybrid threats, the service is replacing current cryptographic systems with technologically advanced systems to meet future needs.

  • Army consolidates network enablers to boost simplicity

    Mar 11, 2014

    As the Army moves to a streamlined and more user-friendly tactical network, the hardware, software and processes that keep it running and secure are realigning to reduce complexity and costs.

  • Army network boosts speed, simplicity during test

    Mar 10, 2014

    With drastically reduced startup and shutdown times, a new, easy to use graphical interface and improved troubleshooting tools, the Army's mobile tactical network backbone system recently completed a key test.

  • Virtual conference emphasizes collaboration, simplifying technology

    Mar 5, 2014

    By using collaborative, web-based technology to connect hundreds of registrants with speakers from all over the country, the virtual conference went off without a hitch on Feb. 12.

  • New network technologies to support expeditionary signal battalions

    Mar 5, 2014

    In preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 14.2 this spring, the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion is training with new tactical communications equipment technologies fielded by the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program that is smaller in size for easy transport, yet significantly increases capability.

  • Shyu outlines strategy for modernization at AUSA

    Feb 24, 2014

    To prepare the Army for tomorrow, the seeds must be planted today, Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, told attendees of the Association of the United States Army's Winter Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Feb. 19, 2014.

  • Army to host tactical network industry seminar

    Feb 24, 2014

    The U.S. Army is holding a tactical network industry seminar at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. on March 13, to lay out upcoming and long term tactical network program needs.

  • PEO C3T employee helps Aberdeen students reach for gold stars

    Feb 11, 2014

    Today, Phillips instills that same love of learning in students in the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Md. area by volunteering as a mentor.

  • Army delivers COMSEC to the deployment line

    Feb 3, 2014

    The Project Director, Communications Security (PD COMSEC) team is working with its Army partners to bring cryptographic equipment into the standard process for authorization, ordering, and fielding equipment to soldiers.

  • Army realigns field support, positions Soldiers as first line of defense

    Jan 29, 2014

    As the drawdown from Afghanistan continues and military spending decreases, the U.S. Army is embracing a field support concept where Soldiers serve as the first line of defense for troubleshooting of mission command and network capabilities.

  • The Army's unseen technology provides a critical link to Joint operations

    Jan 23, 2014

    Today's global concept of operations require technologies that allow collaboration amongst the joint forces. GCCS-A provides the critical link between the Army and the overall joint system, bringing a complete common operating picture to commanders, no matter their branch.

  • Exercising Mission Command technologies produces commonality amongst Joint, coalition forces

    Jan 23, 2014

    Mission Command technologies increase situational awareness for the coilition forces at Combined Endeavor, conducted annually at the U.S. Army base in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Army plans baseline assessment for Network Integration Evaluation 15.1

    Jan 22, 2014

    The U.S. Army will evaluate its tactical network baseline during the Network Integration Evaluation 15.1 in fall 2014 in order to set conditions for future network development and refine focus areas for industry innovation.

  • New ULTRA facility opens on C4ISR campus

    Jan 13, 2014

    Three Army organizations have united to form the new Unified Lab for Tactical Radios - Army (ULTRA), combining research, development, sustainment and acquisition efforts for the Army's radio portfolio in a single location. The new facility combines personnel and resources from the Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) and Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) in order to provide economies of scale and better coordination of radio technologies throughout their lifecycle.

  • Combining network management tools makes managing network easier, saves money

    Jan 6, 2014

    The Army is moving to simplify and reduce the number of network management tools its communication officers use to manage the tactical communications network, moving from deliveries of stove-piped tool sets across various systems and echelons to an integrated system.

  • Army Network Integration Evaluations adopt new goals, new construct

    Dec 23, 2013

    After delivering groundbreaking communications technologies to Soldiers in Afghanistan, the Army should focus tactical network development efforts on simplifying tools and applications, right-sizing command posts and increasing operational flexibility, according to initial conclusions from the most recent Network Integration Evaluation.

  • Handheld fires 'app' lightens the load for forward observers

    Dec 20, 2013

    The current call for fires handheld device, the Pocket-sized Forward Entry Device (PFED) will transition to a web-application hosted on the Nett Warrior End User Device to lighten the load for forward observers.

  • Army launches new field support reporting system for Soldiers

    Dec 19, 2013

    For the first time, Soldiers can resolve field support issues with their weapon systems by creating a single automated trouble ticket. The new capability integrates three existing trouble ticketing systems, creating a seamless online reporting form accessed through an Army unit's SharePoint system so it is intuitive and easily accessible to Soldiers. Known as the Unified Trouble Ticketing System (UTTS), the capability is linked to larger Army efforts to simplify the tactical communications network for users, streamline Network Operations (NetOps) tools used to oversee and manage the network and realign levels of field support needed to train Soldiers and troubleshoot systems.

  • C4ISR Center of Excellence reaches out to industry

    Dec 13, 2013

    More than 800 business and industry representatives from across the country gathered here Dec. 3 for a view of potential contracting opportunities from the C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) Center of Excellence.

  • Former leader of Army's mobile network promoted to colonel

    Dec 11, 2013

    Known for his leadership in providing the Army with the mobile tactical communications network backbone at work in Afghanistan today, Robert Collins, former product manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2, received a promotion to colonel, reflecting his dedication and steadfast belief in the importance of fielding these critical capabilities.

  • Army network stays connected even when 'jumping the TOC'

    Dec 9, 2013

    Current technologies such as Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, the Army's mobile tactical communications network backbone, and emerging solutions like the Mobile integrated Command Post -- a vehicle that efficiently provides networking equipment and power to support a command post -- are enhancing a commander's ability to lead from anywhere on the battlefield.

  • Mission command goes mobile

    Dec 2, 2013

    This year the Army plans to field Joint Battle Command-Platform, the next-generation system providing mounted mission command, friendly force tracking and situational awareness capabilities. JBC-P will also serve as the first version of the Mounted Computing Environment, one of six computing environments that make up the Army's Common Operating Environment, a new set of standards that enable the rapid development of secure and interoperable applications.

  • Virtual conference highlights collaboration technology

    Nov 26, 2013

    As fiscal constraints increase demand for web-based collaboration technologies across the Department of Defense (DoD), several military organizations partnered with industry and academia to host a virtual conference to share information and best practices.

  • Fields retires from the Army after more than 38 years

    Nov 26, 2013

    Knowing that a radio is often the only link between a Soldier and a commander in the field, Col. Gregory M. Fields spent the pinnacle of his more than 38 year Army career enhancing how the Army procures radios.

  • Logistics and Readiness Center collaborates with C4ISR partners, conducts field support pilot

    Nov 21, 2013

    After 12 years of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army is now facing a different conflict--budgetary restraints. The Army, not unlike the Army Materiel Command and CECOM, is working diligently to transition to sustainment while conserving resources. Streamlining CECOM's field support across the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance domain is part of that effort.

  • Soldiers shape next generation of Army mission command system

    Nov 20, 2013

    While deployed to Iraq, Staff Sgt. Scott Harrison relied on the Army's chief situational awareness system to plot enemy holdouts, mark known improvised explosive devices and exchange command and control messages with fellow Soldiers.

  • Army, DOD team together to increase Pacific military satellite access

    Nov 20, 2013

    By building a "slice" of its larger Network-Centric Teleport system at the Army's Regional Hub Node in Guam, the Department of Defense can access an additional military satellite that was previously out of its reach and improve its support in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Evolving NIEs help shape Army's future network

    Nov 14, 2013

    Underway this month is the Network Integration Evaluation 14.1, the sixth in a series of semi-annual field exercises that incorporate Soldier feedback to improve and simplify network systems, leverage industry innovation on emerging capabilities and validate new tactics, techniques and procedures -- while also reducing the burden of network integration on operational forces.

  • Army moves to standardize incident reporting

    Nov 7, 2013

    What was once a time-consuming process is now only a click away, thanks to a new console that allows Commanders the ability to report, track, review and elevate field service support issues. By introducing the new Incident Reporting Module Operational Console, the Army is delivering field service support personnel a more efficient way to reach out to subject matter experts and resolve issues in the field related to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems.

  • "State of C4ISR" Explains Priorities and Challenges During Time of Budget Uncertainty

    Nov 6, 2013

    In an effort to answer questions about mission priorities and needs in this time of defense budget uncertainty and Better Buying Power mandates, the leaders of the Center of Excellence for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) provided the first "State of C4ISR" presentation to almost 400 business, industry, and economic development stakeholders.

  • Army leaders: Network, NIEs critical to future force

    Oct 23, 2013

    After putting the tactical communications network "under pressure" in a realistic operational environment in order to quickly deliver a "digital guardian angel" to troops in Afghanistan, Army leaders said the Network Integration Evaluation process is adapting to drive continued innovation.

  • Keeping the pallets moving

    Oct 18, 2013

    The Army will save $3.1 million in shipping and storage costs over the next five years thanks to a collaborative effort between Project Director, Communications Security (PD COMSEC) and Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD).

  • PD COMSEC cleans up multiple decades of COMSEC on the battlefield

    Oct 18, 2013

    At its three-year mark, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical's (PEO C3T) Project Director, Communicatons Security (PD COMSEC) has become the Army's central hub for communications security standardization and funding efficiencies.

  • Simplification is key goal at Army network tech day

    Oct 17, 2013

    Army engineers are joining forces with industry to simplify the service's tactical communications network by uniting fragmented capabilities and taking a holistic approach to network advancement.

  • Final production of protected satellite terminals postures Army for advanced satellite operation

    Oct 16, 2013

    The Army's advanced protected ground satellite terminals are supporting Air Force testing of new military satellites, and once operational in real-world missions, these advanced terminals will provide a fourfold increase in throughput to bandwidth-hungry forces.

  • Army approved to continue fielding WIN-T Increment 2

    Oct 8, 2013

    The Army has received approval to continue with further limited additional production and fielding of its mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2.

  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point leverages milSuite to grow future leaders

    Sep 27, 2013

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is using milSuite, the military's secure social media toolset, to help save money and turn its cadets into well-rounded leaders.

  • Common Hardware Systems: one stop for total lifecycle management

    Sep 27, 2013

    The Army's Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program takes a holistic approach to contracting by providing a one-stop-shop across a system's lifecycle, supporting it from cradle to grave. "Because CHS is a consolidated acquisition source that can provide total lifecycle systems management, it allows the Army and Department of Defense (DoD) to reduce inefficient single-point solution procurement, lifecycle sustainment costs and field support manpower requirements," said Danielle Kays, product director (PD) for CHS. The CHS program provides a rapid and proven means to deliver modified commercial-off-the-shelf information technology (COTS IT) solutions to its DoD customers, primarily the Army's operational force. Its consolidated acquisition approach can design, develop, modify, ruggedize, environmentally test, procure, sustain and provide configuration management for hardware systems -- all using a single contract action. "We collaborate with engineers across the Army Materiel Enterprise to obtain program requirements and reach out to industry to identify the latest technologies that meet the user's mission," Kays said. "CHS systems engineers offer a single, efficient interface to develop solutions that meet the needs of multiple program executive offices and project managers (PMs), supporting cross-program solutions for the common operating environment (COE)." Instead of encouraging developers to begin with a blank slate by designing a system or capability from beginning to end, the Army is advancing parameters for a more interoperable COE where government and industry partners can contribute applications to an existing standard framework. Through customer-provided requirements and engineering processes, CHS helps to identify the best fit and more focused, efficient solutions across the Army. The CHS effort also touches the many units and tactical organizations that are purchasing modified COTS equipment outside of the COE, allowing CHS to promote the common systems infrastructure through the acquisition process. CHS increases efficiencies by applying a Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Materiel Enterprise-centric approach to streamline technology insertions, saving execution time and accelerating delivery schedules. In collaboration with its prime contractor, CHS will design and develop a system up-front to meet customer requirements without having to charge the customer for non-recurring engineering to research, design, develop and test a new product. "Once a system is added to CHS, the system and the 'next generation' of that system can be acquired for the life of the CHS contract with a simple delivery order, without going through a re-compete for future procurement," Kays said. To reduce cost and accelerate procurement, CHS can implement large consolidated buys, resulting in economies of scale. The program office also ruggedizes hardware to ensure it can survive in the intended operational environment. Customers can choose the level of ruggedization based on their environmental and mission requirements. CHS also provides environmental testing to ensure equipment meets operational requirements. When developing acquisition strategies, sustainment costs typically represent the largest life-cycle cost factor programs need to consider. PD CHS's tactical sustainment strategy includes regional depot support, extended warranties, rapid turnaround times and configuration management. Project manager offices that oversee large programs of record (PORs), such as PM Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, PM Mission Command and PM Distributed Common Ground System-Army, utilize CHS to fulfill their multi-year sustainment strategies. Bundling services under a single CHS part number allows the PORs to control costs across the product lifecycle. When adding hardware to the CHS contract, customers can also choose from a menu of flexible warranty options to maintain it. After fielding their hardware, customers also have the option of returning to PD CHS to generate a task execution plan supporting reset, deep cleaning, equipment retrofit, field training exercise support and out-of-warranty repairs. The CHS warranty covers all hardware for defects in material, workmanship and fair wear and tear. Warranty repairs or replacements are accomplished within a 72-hour repair turnaround time at worldwide CHS Regional Support Centers. "The customer has the peace of mind in knowing that from a logistics standpoint, once the equipment is fielded there is a single number to call, a single hotline and a single turn-in point for all hardware under warranty," said Joshua Graham, systems engineer for PD CHS. In the past, when purchasing large quantities of equipment from multiple contractors at different times, it has proved nearly impossible to always receive the exact equipment in the same configuration that was originally purchased. Equipment with different configurations can cause future integration, interoperability, training and user issues that inevitably increase costs. However, configuration management is a critical function of the CHS program and is provided to ensure system interoperability and compatibility across multiple programs. CHS manages each customer's unique configurations and program baselines to ensure that in all subsequent buys, the precise configuration is being purchased and can be used and integrated into other systems exactly as the initial equipment had been. CHS also manages items reaching end-of-life and works with industry providers and PORs to ensure the replacement items fit within the configured design and operating environment. These efforts not only increase consistency for greater efficiency, but also offer significant cost avoidance. The CHS technical evaluation environment utilizes a distributed network and leverages only those systems, architecture, and automated assessment tools required to support each evaluation. Coupling technologies like hypervisors (virtual machine monitors) and hardware remote management capabilities with the Army's testing networks will help provide a more simplified method for future hardware evaluations. "Potentially, multiple solutions can meet technical specifications and system interoperability requirements," Graham said. "Following the conclusion of each technical evaluation, CHS provides materiel developers with the data and metrics needed to choose the right brand-name solution for their program and end users." CHS continually seeks innovative ways to effectively and efficiently provide the right solutions to its customer base. In a unique opportunity to demonstrate and review new advancements in technology, PD CHS will be hosting a Technology Day on Oct. 1 at the C4ISR Campus at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The event will also provide a venue for technical leads and engineers across different C4ISR organizations to discuss common program requirements and collaborate on effective technology solutions that meet mission needs yet simplify operations. "The goal of this Technology Day is to give technology providers the opportunity to demonstrate possible solutions and collectively allow us to further understand the needs of our customers and the C4ISR community," Kays said. "Supporting our Soldiers should not be a stove-piped, isolated effort, but one approached in an open and cooperative arena."

  • PEO C3T leadership changes hands, issuing in a new era for tactical communications

    Sep 9, 2013

    The Army's tactical communications network -- a top modernization priority -- is in the hands of a new leader. On Sept. 4 the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) officially changed hands when outgoing Program Executive Officer Maj. Gen. N. Lee S. Price passed the organization's charter to the new PEO, Brig. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes.

  • First female PEO leaves legacy of communications advancements

    Sep 6, 2013

    When N. Lee S. Price joined the Army in 1975 it was rare to see a woman in management in private industry, let alone in the military. As she retires from the service 38 years later, Price departs as a two-star general who delivered troops lifesaving capabilities and paved the way for hundreds of subordinates -- male and female, in and out of uniform -- to succeed.

  • Army advances standardized tactical computer

    Aug 27, 2013

    In combat and tactical vehicles, Soldiers can access communications systems that display a complete picture of the battlefield. However, these high-tech situational awareness features are viewed through different computer systems, over separate monitors and with little room to spare.

  • Mirroring home station and deployed mission command systems improves Soldier readiness

    Aug 21, 2013

    Installation as a Docking Station prepares Soldiers to deploy

  • New network provides 'digital guardian angel' for Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Aug 19, 2013

    The Army's new, mobile tactical communications network has reached Afghanistan, where U.S. forces are relying on the technologies to stay connected and cover more ground.

  • Warfighter Initialization Tool puts the power of change in signal officers' hands

    Aug 9, 2013

    Keeping unit commanders aware of Soldier and vehicle locations has become much simpler for the S6 with the fielding of the Warfighter Initialization Tool (WIT).

  • New devices keep Army communications safe

    Aug 8, 2013

    Project Director, Communications Security is moving closer to fielding a new handheld device which will be used to deliver electronic keys to secure the Army's phone, radio, computer and satellite networks.

  • Demilitarization of Army legacy COMSEC saves money and time

    Aug 8, 2013

    Project Director, Communications Security (PD COMSEC) recently saw the removal of more than 182,000 legacy cryptographic items from the Army inventory.

  • Army advances new cryptographic technology, reducing burden on Soldiers

    Aug 8, 2013

    After successful evaluations of a new key management system used to support and manage encryption services, the U.S. Army is one step closer to establishing and fully integrating the framework for the next-generation Communications Security (COMSEC) infrastructure.

  • New 'milWire' tool promotes targeted information sharing

    Aug 5, 2013

    The Department of Defense recently released milWire, a new collaborative tool tailored to deliver user generated content, both custom or shared, from milSuite and other DOD websites.

  • Army completes coalition network fielding in South Korea

    Aug 5, 2013

    The Army has strengthened its ability to share critical data with its coalition partners with the fielding of coalition network equipment to South Korea.

  • APG unveils center for STEM, education outreach

    Jul 30, 2013

    Aspiring scientists and engineers are now exploring their future careers at a unified Aberdeen Proving Ground facility dedicated to education outreach.

  • Army extends Global Information Grid network to company level, below

    Jul 29, 2013

    Currently installed on mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles as part of the Army's mobile Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 network, the Soldier Network Extension will extend the network down to the company level for the first time.

  • Soldiers train under fire aided by Army's new network

    Jul 17, 2013

    Army units equipped with new Capability Set 13 technologies trained in real-life scenarios at the Army's Joint Readiness Training Centerat Fort Polk, La., in preparation for possible deployment.