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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, August 9 2011

Today's Focus:

C4ISR & Network Modernization Event 2011

Senior Leaders are Saying

There is no one who embodies the qualities … more than the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. And this weekend, we lost 30 of them when their helicopter crashed during a mission in Afghanistan. And their loss is a stark reminder of the risks that our men and women in uniform take every single day on behalf of their county. Day after day, night after night, they carry out missions like this in the face of enemy fire and grave danger … But no matter what differences they might have as individuals, they serve this nation as a team. They meet their responsibilities together.

- President Barack Obama, praised the U.S. military as 'America's strengths,' while eulogizing the 30 Americans who were lost in the helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan.

Remarks by the President

What They're Saying

Logistics security is a major issue in Afghanistan. During one of my first briefings to U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Petraeus stopped me and said ‘Colonel, this mission may be the most important thing you do as a battalion commander in combat.'

- Lt. Col. David Heath, commander of the 10th Military Police Battalion (CID) (ABN), deployed to Bagram, speaks of Logistics security, an often over-looked mission, which has transformed from a routine war fighting task to a complex mission in its own right.

CID special agents puts Taliban on notice

Today's Focus

Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance Reconnaissance & Network Modernization Event 2011

What is it?

Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance Reconnaissance (C4ISR) & Network Modernization E11 Presentation Days is an opportunity for senior leaders to learn about emerging future force capabilities, efforts to accelerate and recapitalize C4ISR technologies into the current force, support the AGILE Acquisition process, and the Army Network Modernization Strategy. This is a culmination of a four month research and development integrated capabilities event.

U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)/ Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) conducts the Army's annual C4ISR system-of-systems, integrated capabilities event, which incorporates numerous live communications, sensor and battle command systems complimented by a robust virtual and constructive environment.

This year’s design featured five axes of exploration that specifically addressed the development of an integrated BCT network in the 2013-2014 timeframe in order to satisfy Network Segment Objectives and the Mission Command Essential Capabilities.

Results from C4ISR & Network Modernization E11 provide actionable knowledge to better inform senior leaders making critical research, development and acquisition investment decisions.

What has the Army done?

C4ISR & Network Modernization is an R&D program within the CERDEC at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., one of eight major centers and laboratories that comprise the RDECOM.

Established by the Army in 2003, C4ISR & Network Modernization 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 Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (Rifleman Radio) and Joint Tactical Radio System Network Enterprise Domain (Soldier Radio Waveform), have also leveraged C4ISR & Network Modernization for risk mitigation and reduction to help achieve milestone decisions.

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 to keep pace with changes in the operating environment, and the annual FOUO report of actionable knowledge will be available to senior leaders.

Why is this important to the Army?

C4ISR & Network Modernization is helping bridge the gap between the current and future forces. The event’s test-assess-fix methodology aides the acquisition development process by enabling participants to close development feedback loops within days.

With a focus on an integrated network test strategy, events such as C4ISR & Network Modernization E11 provide the Army with a relevant venue to evaluate technical progress assess the next generation of technologies facilitate technology transition and perform risk mitigation and candidate assessment/selection for future Network Integration Exercises.

Resources:

C4ISR & Network Modernization
U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center
U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command
U.S. Army Material Command

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