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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, April 15, 2011

Today's Focus:

MUSIC Exercise

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The Army has been around for 235 years, and though it doesn't always look the same from decade to decade, it always provides the things the nation needs when it needs it. I personally think the Army ought to think of itself as an organization that will adapt about every five to seven years. It's not just about new equipment, but new organizations and structures."

- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 37th chief of staff of the Army, emphasizes his belief that adaptability is not just about technology but it's also about organizational design.

Dempsey discusses range of Army issues

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"If an Army child is not safe from harm behind the doors of his or her own home, then our community is not a safe place to live. Children are the most vulnerable members of our community, and we demand safety for them. There is no excuse for leaving children in an unsafe home."

- Col. James Love, garrison commander, Fort Jackson, in a proclamation for Child Abuse Awareness Month

Post proactive in stopping child abuse

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

April:

Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program

Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website

Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

MUSIC Exercise: Proving Interoperability

What is it?

The Manned Unmanned Systems Integration Capabilities (MUSIC) Exercise is made possible due to nearly five years of strategic planning by DoD and Army leaders, engineers, and warfighters building the Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) "Interoperability" systems. The Army's Project Manager (PM) Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PM Apache and PM Armed Scout Helicopter will converge to conduct the first of its kind "hybrid" aviation exercise. Manned aircraft anticipated to take part are the Apache Block II/III and the Kiowa OH 58-D/F as well as the unmanned aircraft Raven, Puma, Shadow, Hunter and Gray Eagle. This event will allow aviation project manager's to put their aircraft and equipment through scripted scenario/situational rigors of combat thus proving out the systems.

What has the Army done?

The Army model is to provide the most automated, capable and trustworthy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to our warfighters. The UAS mission has grown to include MUM-T, interoperability, aerial communications relay and weaponization. MUM-T is made possible by the introduction of the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). This interoperability technology allows for the handoff of payload control, receiving and transmitting of real-time streaming video and manned pilots to control unmanned aircraft. The MUSIC Exercise is being conducted to establish proof of the aviation system's ability to interoperate.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army UAS Project Office (PO) is poised to keep pace with increasing demands for unmanned aircraft, while continuing to make crucial upgrades and advancements in technology. The future of unmanned aircraft systems includes efficiencies, incorporating technology payloads, such as Triclops, a sensor package with three separate balls, that allows multiple users to autonomously acquire targets. For example, you have one Gray Eagle with Triclops payload supporting an area of operation, allowing three units or individuals to operate sensors independently of one another, from the same unmanned platform. This feature increases, three fold, the "eye in the sky" capabilities of the unmanned aircraft and decreases the required manpower and equipment requirements.

Why is this important to the Army?

Unmanned aircraft systems deployments have increased 47 times that of FY03, and continue to be the most dynamic and rapidly changing technology on today's/tomorrow's battlefield. The Army's UAS-PO, and its partners the USMC, the TRADOC Capabilities Manager, and the Army G-3/G-2 offices, are poised to continue our central role of providing the most capable, automated, lethal and interoperable systems available to America's warfighters.

Resources:

PM UAS website link

MUSIC Exercise Article

MUSIC Exercise Briefing

MUSIC Exercise Fact Sheet

Short animated MUSIC exercise Video

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