By 1st Lt. Clark Chen, Maintenance Control Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery RegimentMarch 14, 2017
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan -- The 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment based in Okinawa received five Command Post of the Future computers in January. The addition of these systems will bring the command and control structure of the unit into the 21st century.
According to the developer, the Command Post of the Future (CPOF) is a program and physical system that processes and displays combat and map information onto an easy to use graphic interface and integrates different Army systems at the battalion and above echelons and is an official part of the Army's network, LandWarNet.
The CPOF also allows Soldiers to access the Army's Joint Battle Command-Platform, which tracks friendly and enemy forces. The Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS), used for comprehensive fire support capabilities is also included, further enhancing the capabilities that a commander has at their disposal. The system was developed with the ultimate goal of information dominance through collaborative and distributed command and control.
Soldiers and leaders of 1-1 ADA will be able to use the CPOF to coordinate their movements, routes, and situational reports via graphical user interface, while maintaining situational awareness of the current environment.
"Though the CPOF concept is not new, the capabilities it will bring is a fresh upgrade to what we have now and will completely change the dynamic of how the Snake Eyes Battalion views and processes tactical information," said 1st Lt. Samuel R. Wineland, communications (S6) section officer-in-charge, 1-1 ADA.
The unique drag-and-drop interface of the CPOF encourages warfighters to customize the information they see on screen. Once fully implemented, the CPOF will also allow different means of satellite-driven, text based communication with operators in the field, adding to the unit capabilities in remote locations.
While the image of an immobile command post with multiple systems and computers everywhere slowly disappears from the battlefield, there are still questions about how quickly the unit will be able to integrate with the system.
"There will be a lot of training required to ensure that we are able to capture the full potential of the CPOF system," answered Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon L. Dosch, information systems services technician, 1-1 ADA, when asked about the implementation of the program. "The change won't be overnight but we have to start somewhere."
The Snake Eyes Battalion has already signed up Soldiers to attend a training class on the system and will have all leaders trained as the program becomes active.