Contact: Paul Mehney, U.S. Army -- 586.770.3438

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (January 10, 2018) -- To inform industry of Army tactical network modernization needs and priorities, the Army's Network Cross Functional Team (CFT) with Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical will hold a tactical network related industry forum on February 6-7, 2018 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

The event will assist industry partners in identifying and aligning their efforts with Army tactical network modernization priorities specific to enabling Army units to operate resilient network assets in contested and congested environments, and is meant for a technical audience to include systems engineers, architecture experts and integrators. The intent of the sessions will be to enhance Government-and-industry communication and enable industry to respond quicker to critical emerging requirements with innovative technology solutions and partnerships.

"There is currently great interest and discussion within industry, Government, and other stakeholders, of the Army's current tactical network and modernization challenges. The forum, which is designed to encourage conversation between Army materiel developers and industry, will provide insight into how the Army intends to implement network modernization priorities," said Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, Director, Network CFT.

This event will serve as the kick-off meeting, designed to:
- Ensure industry understands focus and role of Network CFT
- Provide a technical detailed overview of the current Army tactical network architecture
- Address industry feedback on specific topics from recent Army and Institute for Defense Analysis network related engagements
- Seek industry input on potential upcoming development and/or procurement opportunities that exist within the tactical network portfolio tied to Army network modernization strategy priorities

The first day will be spent outlining, in detail, the current network architecture and technical challenge areas; emerging and future tactical wireless telecommunications technologies; and the current state of mission command applications and infrastructure for command posts and mounted platforms, to include ongoing software baseline reduction efforts.

The second day will highlight CFT focus areas relevant to tactical network challenge areas. Specific focus will include air-ground integration; automated primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency communications plan; and a classified tactical radio electromagnetic signature session.

Representatives from Army program offices, Cross Functional Teams, research and development centers and capabilities management/requirements offices will be part of the technical exchange forum.

Additional information and registration is available on the Federal Business Opportunities website,

Federal Business Opportunity Solicitation Number: W909MY18RTIF1