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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.
APG Senior Management Association holds its quarterly forum at Top of the Bay
Sep 25, 2012
The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Senior Management Association (SMA) met at the Top of the Bay on Aug. 22 to further develop their communication skills and to learn more about APG's Network Enterprise Center.
Army examines feasibility of integrating 4G LTE with tactical network
Sep 25, 2012
The U.S. Army employed a 4G cellular network this summer at its integrated capabilities testbed at Fort Dix, N.J.; this was done to address integration with current network designs and to enable actionable intelligence for dismounted squads.
Army applies Soldier feedback, NIE results as it readies network upgrade for fielding
Sep 21, 2012
Having used legacy communications equipment during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Rayfield is ready to see the Army send its new mobile network to the field.
Leader leaves legacy of advancing Army situational awareness
Sep 20, 2012
Four years ago when Col. Tom Olson took over as Project Manager for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (PM FBCB2), he immediately implemented a strategy he knew well: Establish a battle rhythm.
Army delivers fuel-efficient generators, 'right-size' power to Afghanistan
Sep 19, 2012
As the U.S. Army changes its energy culture through policy and new technologies, it is already fielding its next generation of streamlined operational energy systems to Afghanistan.
Army explores tactical 4G telemedicine
Sep 19, 2012
The U.S. Army explored whether real-time, electronic point-of-treatment care was possible or practical this summer at its integrated capabilities testbed at Fort Dix, N.J.
Mission Command in Garrison - 'train as you fight'
Sep 18, 2012
The U.S. Army Forces Command is setting up their tactical Mission Command computer systems on home station networks to ensure Solders' mission command skills remain sharp.
Networked vehicles readied for delivery to 10th Mountain Division
Sep 17, 2012
The Army is ramping up limited production on a new fleet of networked mine resistant, ambush protected vehicles, as part of a sweeping effort to transform its tactical communications network.
Coalition network moves to Korea
Sep 7, 2012
Since it was stood up two years ago, the coalition network has become the standard enclave in which to share data and situational awareness between U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Now a similar tactical network is being upgraded in South Korea to enable U.S. partners in that country to reap similar rewards.
Upgrade to first increment of Army's tactical network to improve interoperability
Sep 4, 2012
As the Army prepares to begin fielding the on-the-move capabilities of its tactical communications network, it is executing upgrades to the current network backbone in order to increase the interoperability and commonality of current and future network increments.
Harbormaster Command and Control Center manages chaotic maritime logistics traffic
Aug 9, 2012
Harbormaster Command and Control Center will be part of an extensive Army, Navy and Marine training operation for a Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore exercise scheduled for mid-August at Fort Story, Va.
Army manager has hands on the network from inception to fully fielded force
Aug 8, 2012
In January 2005, Shannon Jones deployed to Iraq as an Army signal officer for the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) -- the first Army unit to receive and deploy with the Joint Network Node (JNN) network now known as "Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 1." Following that tour, as the operations manager for Project Manager (PM) WIN-T Increment 1, Jones leveraged her invaluable experience for the continued advancement of the Army's tactical communications network.
Next-generation blue force tracking reaches key milestone
Jul 19, 2012
The Army's next-generation friendly force tracking and messaging system crossed a key threshold July 17, 2012, as it proceeds toward the field.
Network Integration Evaluation speeds fielding of Army encryption capability
Jul 13, 2012
The Army's 75th Ranger Regiment is already reaping the benefits of advanced encryption tools for their Rifleman Radios in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, as a direct result of successful participation in the Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.
Third generation of the Army's tactical communications network becomes chartered program
Jul 10, 2012
Incoming PdM for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3, Lt. Col. Joseph W. Roberts, assumed the PdM WIN-T Increment 3 charter from Lt. Col. Robert Collins during a change of charter ceremony held at the Myer Auditorium in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. on June 29. Collins will continue with his ongoing position as PdM for WIN-T Increment 2.
Warrant officers play critical role in Army network operational test
Jul 9, 2012
Network Operations warrant officers played a key role in keeping the network strong as its capabilities were stressed and evaluated during the major operational test of the Army's second generation tactical communications network backbone -- Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2.