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  • 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

  • Blue Force Tracking system adds logistics capability to increase situational awareness picture

    Apr 15, 2013

    For the first time on the battlefield, maneuver and logistics forces will share situational awareness and messaging, forming a complete and seamless operational picture.

  • Army on the fast path to installing modern cryptographic equipment

    Apr 11, 2013

    Until recently, Soldiers learning about cryptography were trained on Cold War-era equipment. The Army is on a mission to change that training paradigm and Project Director Communications Security (PD COMSEC) is fast-tracking this effort.

  • Web technologies converge to simplify the commander's battlespace landscape

    Apr 10, 2013

    Web applications have revolutionized the way commanders and Soldiers collaborate.

  • 10th Mountain Division unit marches forward with network training

    Apr 8, 2013

    As the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) prepares for potential deployment with the Army's new tactical communications network, a recent training exercise marked a key step in increasing unit proficiency and network performance, leaders said.

  • Teamwork and determination help EUCOM avoid nearly $2 million on Crypto Modernization Project

    Apr 3, 2013

    When the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) was having an issue with its satellite communications network radios, it approached Communications-Electronics Research and Development Center (CERDEC) for assistance.

  • Army's synchronized approach to fielding complex C4ISR capabilities takes burden off Soldiers

    Apr 3, 2013

    For Army units, fielding and resetting sophisticated mission command and situational awareness equipment is an intricate process. The interdependent capabilities include state-of-the-art communications systems, the network and all the enablers, which require training to take place in a logical order.

  • Network integration facilities support deployed and deploying forces

    Apr 3, 2013

    The unique capabilities of the integration facilities here simulate network environments found in theater to help the Army continually improve its tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T).

  • Company Command Post Training Sets provide integrated training

    Apr 1, 2013

    As part of its capability set fielding, the Army has fielded Company Command Post training sets that mirror the integrated Capability Set 13 systems that will be provided in theater, enabling companies preparing for deployment to train on the same systems and capabilities they will fall in on when they arrive.

  • Unit prepares for drawdown mission with 'game-changer' network

    Mar 27, 2013

    In preparation for the challenges of the Security Forces Advise and Assist Team mission, including fewer U.S. Soldiers, more mobile and dispersed operations, the Army is equipping SFAAT brigades such as the 4th and 3rd BCTs of the 10th Mountain Division with Capability Set 13, an on-the-move communications network that stays connected over vast distances, providing information throughout the brigade down to the lowest echelons.

  • Army prepares for next Network Integration Evaluation

    Mar 14, 2013

    With two units now readying for Afghanistan with the Army's new tactical communications network, the service will continue to drive technology forward through its next Network Integration Evaluation this spring.

  • Best of milBook awards recognize collaborative innovators across DoD

    Mar 13, 2013

    The Army JAG Corps, along with 10 other organizations and individuals across the Armed Services, were recently recognized for its innovative efforts in collaboration and professional networking in the inaugural Best of milBook Awards.

  • Humvee training sets support Army network fielding

    Mar 11, 2013

    The Army is preparing to deploy the first Security Forces Advise and Assist Team to Afghanistan equipped with the latest suite of integrated network communications gear, but first the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), must train on the new equipment and learn how it will aid in the advise and assist mission.

  • APG is the right place to champion STEM, Women

    Mar 8, 2013

    This year's National Women's History Month theme is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Clearly, this theme was made for the incredible work we do here at APG. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the cornerstones of what we do. In honor of women's accomplishments, APG will host its annual Women's History Month training program Mar. 13.

  • First unit readies for Afghanistan with new network

    Mar 7, 2013

    When the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, deploy to Afghanistan this summer to assist in the drawdown of U.S. forces, they will be the first to use an on-the-move communications network that stays connected over vast distances, providing information throughout the brigade down to the lowest echelons.

  • AMC completes Keith L. Ware Competition, awards 26 first place winners

    Mar 7, 2013

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command completed its 2012 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition here, Feb. 11.

  • Detailed geospatial map data provides Soldiers greater technology, in less time

    Feb 27, 2013

    Project Manager Mission Command is helping to streamline the delivery of maps and imagery through the use of specialized geospatial products that work with the Army's primary mission command information system, known as Command Post of the Future.

  • Leaders: Army network evaluations to adapt, endure

    Feb 25, 2013

    As the Army grapples with budget austerity and prepares for future operations beyond Afghanistan, the Network Integration Evaluations will endure as an effective, cost-efficient way to quickly modernize the force, senior leaders said.

  • Army upgrades protected communications satellite terminal training suite

    Feb 25, 2013

    The Army recently began schoolhouse computer-based and simulated training upgrades for its advanced Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical -- Terminal to evolve the previous legacy training system to accommodate new system enhancements.

  • APG to launch centralized STEM education center

    Feb 20, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Maryland students will soon have a unified APG facility at which to explore the world of science and engineering with Army professionals. The APG STEM Education and Outreach Center will be ready in late May, said Dr. Sandy Young, an Army Research Laboratory materials engineer. She is coordinating the project with ARL laboratory operations and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach offices on APG.

  • Army upgrades blue force tracking in Afghanistan to prepare for new network

    Feb 13, 2013

    With boots on the ground in Afghanistan, Project Manager Joint Battle Command-Platform is equipping Soldiers with the next-generation situational awareness tool known as Joint Capabilities Release, an upgrade that is being fielded both prior to and as part of Capability Set 13.

  • Army advances two airborne radios

    Feb 5, 2013

    Project Manager Airborne Maritime/Fixed Station, assigned to the Army Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, is overseeing the development of the two radios known as the Small Airborne Networking Radio and the Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal.

  • Integrated C5ISR effort wins Army Acquisition Excellence Award

    Jan 23, 2013

    To counter insurgent activity in Iraq, the Army introduced capabilities that put sensors onto various towers and aerostats. Today, nearly every operating base of significant size has one or more of these intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and force protection platforms providing day-and-night over watch of our bases, forces, allies and the Afghan people.

  • New Army network gets final check-out on way to field

    Jan 22, 2013

    As Soldiers prepare to deploy with the Army's new tactical communications network later this year, Army engineers are stretching the equipment to its limits to ensure it can support complex, on-the-move operations and extend the range of communications to the farthest edges of the battlefield.

  • Army lays out Network path ahead at industry day

    Jan 11, 2013

    Facing both new missions and fiscal constraints, the Army will use the Network Integration Evaluations to respond to emerging requirements, make smarter acquisition decisions and keep pace with technological change, Army senior leaders told industry partners this week.

  • Single Interface to Field upgrades improve support to training, deploying Soldiers

    Jan 10, 2013

    A new version of the Army's Single Interface to the Field virtual portal was recently released, giving Soldiers greater flexibility and easier access to mission-essential logistics, training and fielding information.

  • Army issues Sources Sought Notice to support NIE 14.1

    Jan 7, 2013

    The Army announced that it is seeking interested industry and government sources with mature solutions to enhance existing network systems capabilities to participate in the Network Integration Evaluation 14.1 event, scheduled to take place in October/November 2013, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • 'On-the-move' network is commander's eyes, ears at Network Integration Evaluations

    Jan 2, 2013

    During Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 provided Soldiers down to the company level the on-the-move communications and situational awareness needed to conduct real-world battlefield operations.

  • Army applies NIE lessons to integrating network equipment

    Dec 20, 2012

    The Army is applying integration lessons learned from completed Network Integration Evaluations as it continues production of networked vehicles to support fielding efforts to 10th Mountain Division (LI).

  • PEO C3T Lean Six Sigma project leads to almost $10 million in cost savings

    Dec 6, 2012

    As U.S. Army leaders continue on a path towards a leaner, more efficient future, individuals within the Army are also making a significant difference in streamlining initiatives. That's what led Kevin Joyce, a logistics specialist with Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T), to reexamine how computers were being reset within Army WIN-T units.

  • U.S. Army's common operating picture tool continues to evolve

    Dec 5, 2012

    A map has been the commander's steadfast strategic planning tool on just about any battlefield throughout history. In recent years however, the map has evolved to embrace digital networking technology and allow commanders -- regardless of their physical location -- to share information in real time and collaborate with other leaders on a common operating picture (COP) of the battlefield. Command Post of the Future (CPOF) is the U.S. Army system that pulls it all together.

  • NIE drives technology growth, cost savings

    Dec 4, 2012

    Initial findings from the Army's latest Network Integration Evaluation show steady progress toward improved, user-friendly tactical communications systems, as well as new efficiencies from the consolidation of test practices.

  • Army under secretary optimistic about Army's future role

    Dec 4, 2012

    Building a strong partnership between the Army's conventional and special operations forces is one of the service's key areas of focus as it transitions from operations in Afghanistan and looks toward the future, said Army Under Secretary Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, during his visit to Fort Bragg, Dec. 4.

  • Gen. Dennis. L. Via, Army Materiel Command, Commanding General, Visits U.S. Army CECOM

    Dec 3, 2012

    Gen. Dennis L. Via, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited several major supporting commands here, Friday.

  • U.S. Army issues RFI on Manpack Radio

    Nov 26, 2012

    The U.S. Army has released a Request for Information (RFI) for the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Manpack radio.

  • New energy solutions get field tryout at NIE

    Nov 20, 2012

    The Army's Network Integration Evaluation is not just about testing radios, smartphones and satellites. It's also giving Soldiers the latest generators, solar panels and other operational energy systems for a hands-on assessment of how best to power their new communications gear.

  • Army awards new expanded defense communications contract

    Nov 19, 2012

    The Army has awarded a new, expanded defense contract, which will enable the acquisition of hardware, software, services and data in support of the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical mission over a five-year ordering period.

  • As Army delivers new network, leaders credit Soldier feedback at NIE

    Nov 12, 2012

    As Soldiers ready for deployment with the Army's new tactical communications network, the Network Integration Evaluations that shaped that capability are now aiming to take it to the next level.

  • PD COMSEC offers upgrade to ensure cryptographic equipment stays in compliance

    Nov 7, 2012

    As the U.S. Army continues to balance the push for modernization with an emphasis on efficiency, Project Director Communications Security (PD COMSEC) is launching a new effort to replace aging cryptographic devices with upgraded equipment.

  • Rifleman radio completes key operational test at NIE

    Nov 7, 2012

    An advanced lightweight radio that will connect troops on the front lines to the Army's tactical communications network has completed its operational test.

  • Do more with less: NIE 13.1 explores smart energy use

    Nov 7, 2012

    NIE 13.1 tests systems in austere tactical environments to gain knowledge of soldier usage of energy efficient equipment that increases self-sustaining ability of the war-fighter.

  • Regional Training Sites provide efficiencies for network upgrade

    Nov 2, 2012

    The Army will field the next upgrade to its current tactical communications network backbone at regional sites, a more efficient and timely alternative to traditional unit site upgrades.

  • Harbormaster Command and Control Center Provides Improved Situational Awareness of Maritime Traffic

    Nov 2, 2012

    The Army's first employment of the Harbormaster Command and Control Center (HCCC) System was part of a recent extensive operation involving Army and Navy equipment and personnel for a Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) exercise at Fort Story, Va. The four-day exercise included loading and unloading 26 vessels carrying more than 300 pieces of equipment and assembling a 1,200-foot floating causeway pier that was used to shuttle cargo back and forth.

  • Army leaders stress commitment to Network Integration Evaluations

    Oct 23, 2012

    As Soldiers prepare to deploy with the Army's new mobile tactical communications network, the service will continue to enhance that technology through the Network Integration Evaluations, senior leaders said.

  • JRTC rotation demonstrates force of future

    Oct 22, 2012

    Under Secretary Joseph W. Westphal visits the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. to underscore the extensive capabilities and interdependence of combined operations between Army Conventional and Special Operations Forces as well as to highlight the vital role of the JRTC as the Army trains Soldiers for current missions and prepares for future requirements. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Army opens competition for Rifleman Radio

    Oct 22, 2012

    The U.S. Army has initiated a full and open competition to procure additional quantities of the Rifleman Radio.

  • Westphal: Roles of the Army Reserve and National Guard critical to the Army of the future

    Oct 18, 2012

    Under Secretary Joseph W. Westphal discusses the future of the Army with the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee's fall session at the Pentagon, 17 October, 2012, Washington, DC. The Committee is chaired by Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, Commanding General of the Militia of the District of Columbia National Guard, and meets quarterly to advise the Secretary of the Army on key issues regarding the roles of the Army Reserve and National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Army engineers develop chargers for phones, laptops in combat

    Oct 18, 2012

    A team of U.S. Army engineers are developing new battery chargers for smartphones, tablet computers and laptops for deployed Soldiers without access to a traditional electrical grid. They have engineered and built prototypes for 8-port, 4-port, and 2-port USB chargers, as well as an AC/USB adaptor -- all of which use a military standard battery such as the BB-2590 as the main power source.

  • Army delivers new tactical network to 10th Mountain Division

    Oct 15, 2012

    Soldiers will soon be able to cover greater distances, make quicker decisions and share more information using the Army's new tactical communications network, according to leaders of the first unit to receive the equipment.

  • Army receives go-ahead on Manpack radio production

    Oct 15, 2012

    The Army has received authorization to continue production of an advanced radio that will link Soldiers at the company level and below with real-time information passed on its holistic tactical communications network.

  • Army begins fielding of first networked capability set

    Oct 15, 2012

    The U.S. Army, through its System of Systems Integration Directorate, announced that the first fielding of Capability Set 13 has begun new equipment training with two brigade combat teams of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., and Fort Polk, La.

  • Army celebrates first generation network fielding completion

    Oct 10, 2012

    The Army's current tactical communications wide area network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1, hit a major milestone when it celebrated the final fielding of the last unit identified to receive the system.

  • Tactical communications Special Projects Office closes doors, leaves lasting impact

    Oct 5, 2012

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, much of the Gulf Coast remained without power, clean water and transportation. When emergency services and first responders began to arrive, they found no way to communicate. The underground commercial cellular network, like many homes, businesses and lives, had been destroyed. The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) Special Projects Office (SPO) stepped in and quickly established a backup communications system, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other relief workers to communicate so the flow of support and aid could now reach stricken areas such as New Orleans.

  • Communication exercises in full swing as Army preps for its next large-scale network test

    Oct 3, 2012

    In preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, the System of Systems Integration Directorate, with support from the Army Test and Evaluation Command, the Brigade Modernization Command and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, kicked off a four-week-long network validation exercise, last month.

  • Army successfully demonstrates tactical operations smart grid

    Oct 3, 2012

    The U.S. Army demonstrated a proof of concept for a smart grid that could support tactical operations, this summer at its integrated capabilities testbed at Fort Dix, N.J.

  • Army receives go-ahead to field WIN-T Increment 2

    Oct 1, 2012

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

  • Westphal recognizes contributions of veterans, outlines future of Army

    Sep 26, 2012

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal was in Minnesota to show the Army's appreciation for National Guard Soldiers at Camp Ripley, and discuss the future of the Army with heroes from a different era.