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Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance On-the-Move Integrated Capabilities Event 2010

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"It's about people who we have lost throughout the years and, I think just as importantly, it is about people they have left behind."

- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, emphasizing the beam's symbolism of providing structure in the mindset of troops, at the Memorial Day commemoration of the unveiling of a nine-foot segment of an I-beam that once was part of the World Trade Center

World Trade Center I-beam unveiled at Bagram

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Soldiers relate to Ajax not getting recognized for his dedication, as oftentimes our actions and commitment to the mission are overlooked. "

- Sgt. 1st Class Richard Cooke, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Headquarters, speaking about the the Greek play "Ajax" which is one of the two being performed at various Army bases, as part of the "Theater of War, " a DoD project designed to remove stigma related to psychological injuries by illustrating that many of the bravest war heroes in history have lived with the psychological effects of battle

Age-old wisdom: Greek plays help service members understand war's impact

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

May 2010

Mental Health Month

Asian Pacific Heritage Month : See Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Army website

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) On-the-Move (OTM) Integrated Capabilities Event 2010 (E10)

What is it?

RDECOM, CERDEC conducts the Army's annual C4ISR system-of-systems, integrated capabilities event, incorporating numerous live communications, sensor and battle command systems complimented by a robust virtual and constructive environment.

The lessons learned will support milestone decisions for programs of record, help to mitigate risk for Army technology objectives, facilitate R&D technology transition to programs of record and aid in developing those technologies through readiness levels. It will also serve as a venue for assessing and enabling future force capabilities while identifying technology acceleration opportunities into the current force.

C4ISR OTM E10 will emphasize the ASA (AL&T) directed 2013/14 capability set study, align its efforts to support the Army Network Modernization Strategy and explore leap ahead capabilities that can augment and enhance the foundation of network modernization.

C4ISR OTM is an R&D program within the Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Fort Monmouth, N.J., one of eight major centers and laboratories that comprise the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). E10 will be executed from June 1 - Sept. 15, at Fort Dix, N.J.

What has the Army done?

Established by the Army in 2003, C4ISR OTM evaluates technical applications and maturity for emerging networking, sensors and C4ISR-enabling platforms on a year-round basis. This is done to demonstrate the impact of integrating these capabilities in a system-of-systems environment.

Major acquisition programs of record, such as WIN-T Increment 2, JTRS HMS Rifleman Radio and JTRS NED SRW, have leveraged C4ISR OTM risk mitigation and reduction to help achieve milestone decisions, and last year, the Army evaluated the complete future force network stack. This marked the first time that the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW), the Highband Network Waveform (HNW), and Net Centric Waveform (NCW), were integrated with respective Battle Command and ISR assets and assessed as one network.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

These annual integrated capabilities events will continue informing Army and joint communities on the capabilities of emerging technology in order to keep pace with changes in the operating environment.

Why is this important to the Army?

C4ISR OTM is helping bridge the gap between the current and future forces. With the Army transitioning to a brigade modernization approach, C4ISR OTM E10 provides senior leadership the opportunity to assess systems' actual capability and performance. The event's test-assess-fix methodology aides the acquisition development process by enabling participants to close development feedback loops within weeks, sometimes even days. Ultimately, this synthesis of work and technology results in a better product for the Warfighter.

Resources:

C4ISR OTM

U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center

U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command

U.S. Army Materiel Command

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