By Summer BarkleyMarch 8, 2013
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The Wolfhound Handheld Threat Warning System, named one of the Army's greatest inventions for 2009, is still being fielded and sustained to give Soldiers an "ears on the ground" capability in variety of missions.
"Any unit can use this," said Joe Gonzalez, Wolfhound theater lead. "There are specific applications for multiple types of missions."
The Wolfhound system is fielded by Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronics Warfare, and Sensors and falls under the 401st Army Field Support Brigade in theater.
According to an article published on Army.mil on Nov. 24, 2010, the Wolfhound Handheld Threat Warning System is a Communications-Electronics Command Research Development and Engineering Center developed technology intended to assist the Warfighter with missions. Wolfhound targets command and control nodes of the enemy.
Wolfhound, from the CERDEC Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, is a handheld, radio frequency threat warning and direction finding system that is intended to fill the coverage gaps and limitations of traditional systems stated the Army.mil article published by Research, Development and Engineering Command CERDEC.
This system provides mission support and force protection, aids in combat search and rescue, can identify and geo-locate spotter positions and observation posts, and can be used in both static and mobile operations.
"This is a defensive unit," said Gonzales.
The Wolfhound support team which is divided between Department of the Army civilians and contractors. There are some repairs and replacements that can be made by the user, but the team provides the bulk of in-theater maintenance either at one of the eight Wolfhound sites or onsite with the unit.
"We troubleshoot over the phone," said Gonzalez. "Complete systems failures are very rare. Often it's a training issue."
"As long as there's a way to fly there, we'll get to them," said Ed Olinger, field service manager.
McDonald noted that the team is "very fluid" and they "pass along what works and what doesn't [work]."
"We get absolutely positive feedback from the units about the Wolfhound," said Gonzalez. "They have a changed mindset -- it's not just a radio."
His observation was underscored by a field commander who reported the effectiveness of Wolfhound after using it during a mission. According to the commander's report, Wolfhound provided the real time intelligence the unit needed.
"It saves lives," Gonzalez said.
Units desiring more information about Wolfhound are encouraged to contact the team by email at BGRM401stAFSBWolfhoundFSRTeam@swa.army.mil.