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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.
ATEC welcomes new commanding general, Dellarocco to retire
Jul 16, 2013
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 16, 2013) -- In an oppressive morning heat, Maj. Gen. Genaro J. Dellarocco relinquished command of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command to Maj. Gen. Peter D. Utley at the ATEC Headquarters here July 16. Dellarocco commanded ATEC for nearly three years.
Replacing the Movement Tracking System with a joint solution
Jul 9, 2013
The Joint Capabilities Release provides greater situational awareness of sustainment and maneuver assets in one place.
Translating text chat across the battlefield and beyond produces a common language
Jul 8, 2013
Universal Chat Bridge (UCB) spans the gap between disparate chat technologies to augment Soldiers' options to communicate, no matter their geographical location.
Early warning: New preventative maintenance to increase efficiencies of Army tactical network
Jul 8, 2013
Using elements similar to OnStar and other diagnostic software found in today's cars, the Army is introducing a new preventative maintenance concept for its tactical communications network.
Leader of Army's second generation network passes its charter
Jul 3, 2013
Outgoing Product Manager for Warfighter Information Network-Tactial (PdM WIN-T), Lt. Col. Robert Collins, passed the WIN-T Increment 2 charter to the incoming PdM, Lt. Col. LaMont J. Hall, at the programs's change of charter ceremony on July 2 at the Myer Auditorium, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Satellite terminal product leader leaves legacy of increased capabilities and efficiencies
Jul 2, 2013
As the outgoing leader of the Army's satellite terminal product office, Lt. Col. Gregory Coile was instrumental in efficiently leveraging satellite communications (SATCOM) to help improve the way critical information is exchanged in tactical, contingency and peacekeeping operations around the world.
Army leaders discuss NIE path ahead at Industry Day
Jul 1, 2013
As the Army's first brigade combat team deploys to Afghanistan with a suite of new communications gear that came together at the Network Integration Evaluation, senior leaders met with industry to discuss how future Network Integration Evaluations will continue to drive technology forward.
Defense general visits C4ISR Center of Excellence, explores opportunities for cross-service collabor
Jun 29, 2013
In times of less financial resources and operating in a joint service environment, it's imperative to identify opportunities for collaboration and teaming, according to one general at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Office.
West Point cadets improve military communications
Jun 28, 2013
When Project Manager, Mission Command (PM MC) became aware of an issue preventing the Army from communicating with Marine Corps forces, they turned to the younger generation of Soldiers for solutions.
Army professor wins Federal 100 Award for milBook virtual teaching methods
Jun 18, 2013
Instead of relying on a traditional classroom approach to teaching, Lee Lacy, an assistant professor in distance education for the Army, relies on the DOD's professional networking application called "milBook" to create dynamic, virtual classrooms that enable him to teach anywhere, anytime.
Field support training takes system-of-systems approach with Capability Set 13
Jun 18, 2013
As the Army's first units prepare for deployment with an array of new communications technologies, a new breed of "super" engineers are also training to help maintain these advanced capabilities in and out of theater.
The evolution of fires: improving the systems that shape the battlefield
Jun 18, 2013
Software systems enabling commanders to make split decisions on fires are continuously evolving and improving with every updated version.
Army fields new toolkit to streamline network management
Jun 18, 2013
The Army has fielded a new tool kit to help communications officers streamline how they manage the tactical network.
Smaller satellite terminal solution being fielded following Network Integration Evaluations
Jun 17, 2013
The Army is fielding to its first unit a new, smaller ground satellite terminal referred to as "SNAP Lite."
PD COMSEC keeps the lines open
Jun 6, 2013
When Joint Program Manager-Guardian (JPM-G) risked not meeting Army Cryptographic Modernization (CM) requirements with their Unified Command Suite (UCS), impacting their ability for rapid response, they turned to Project Director Communications Security (PD COMSEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for support.
Army organization chooses milBook to reach broader audience
Jun 3, 2013
Linking people around the globe, milBook, an internal military social media tool similar to Facebook and LinkedIn, recently became the choice site for 41 Army Professional Forums.
Army's new mobile network to support its Afghan security mission
May 31, 2013
As the U.S. mission in Afghanistan evolves from full spectrum combat operations to a support role in helping Afghan forces take hold of their country's security, unit commanders emphasize the need for network mobility. Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, the Army's improved tactical network communications backbone, was designed to fulfill such a mission.
Army's Regional Hub Node supports early communications in Sandy relief effort
May 15, 2013
When the National Guard and first responders first hit the scene in the devastating wake of Hurricane Sandy, they relied on the Army network's Regional Hub Nodes (RHNs) to help them communicate in a new way.
CTSF Critical Link in the Development of NATO Software
May 10, 2013
Situational awareness on the battlefield is a fundamental key to warfighting success. But, the fog of war often clouds that awareness.
MilUniversity adds to Army online learning opportunities
May 7, 2013
A new learning portal provides enhanced training and access to Department of Defense professional networking tools.
Logistician's sustainment strategies will keep Soldiers connected
May 1, 2013
Throughout her career, Catherine Wodzisz has supported the efficient fielding and sustainment of state-of-the-art equipment. On May 3, she will retire from a 35-year career in government service, with an esteemed reputation in the logistics community.
Faces of the Force: Lt. Col.(P) Robert M. Collins
May 1, 2013
This edition of Faces of the Force recognizes Lt. Col. (P) Robert M. Collins who provides an in-depth look at managing the Army's tactical backbone communications network--WIN-T Increment 2. Faces of the Force is a biweekly online feature providing an opportunity to highlight members of the Army Acquisition Workforce currently serving in a variety of AL&T disciplines.
Army wins top award for innovation
Apr 30, 2013
The U.S. Army has been named one of the world's most innovative research organizations, after earning more than 300 patents for new technologies in a three-year period.
PEO C3T leader leaves legacy of improved communications capabilities
Apr 25, 2013
Robert Golden, director of operations for Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), is retiring after almost 34 years of government service.
Deployed Soldiers create collaborative digital portal for theater finance units
Apr 25, 2013
As Theater Financial Management Support Center units rotate in and out of theater, they can leverage the milSuite sites to document best practices and processes in order to perform their mission. These units provide technical advice and oversight to senior commanders on all financial management operations.
Army, industry discuss Manpack radio path ahead
Apr 24, 2013
As the Army prepares to conduct a full and open competition for the Manpack radio, it hosted a forum for potential industry partners to lay out the path ahead and continue dialogue.
Smartphones to satellites: Soldiers use new network to prepare for advise, assist mission
Apr 23, 2013
During the recent Mountain Peak training event at Fort Drum, N.Y., 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Soldiers and leaders said the new network capabilities would support their mission as they prepare for potential deployment to Afghanistan later this year.
SINCGARS Theater Provided Equipment (TPE) Effort
Apr 22, 2013
In fiscal year 2012, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) identified Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, SINCGARS, shortages to its higher headquarters, the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, CECOM