Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) On-the-Move (OTM) Event 2008 Technology Demonstration

Wednesday July 30, 2008

What is it?

The Research Development and Engineering Command's (RDECOM's), C4ISR OTM demonstration is the Army's largest integrated C4ISR demonstration of future-force, networking technologies. This event is coordinated and executed by Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, and Fort Monmouth, N.J. The purpose of this annual event is to demonstrate state-of-the-art technologies to enable tactical networks for OTM operations. This demonstration began in April and end in the first week of August. It showcases and evaluates more than 100 new and emerging technologies in a field environment. The event incorporates communications, sensors, battle command systems, and unmanned and manned platforms in a brigade-sized system of systems environment--using live, virtual, and constructive representations. Other participation includes Air Force, Marines, Special Operations Command and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

On Aug. 5 through 7, CERDEC is hosting "Presentation Days" to display represented technologies, share emerging results, and forecast the potential for C4ISR networked technologies. Insights from these events support networking goals for Future Combat Systems and Army-wide modernizations.

What has the Army done?

The Army established this C4ISR OTM technology demonstration environment in 2003 to evaluate technical applications and maturity for emerging networking, sensors, and C4ISR-enabling platforms, demonstrating the impact of integrating these capabilities in a system of systems environment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The C4ISR OTM demonstration event will continue annually to inform the Army and joint communities on the capabilities of emerging technology to provide OTM situational awareness.

Why is this important to the Army?

Event 2008 (E08) provides the Army and other services/agencies with a venue to obtain evaluation data, maturity assessment of C4ISR technologies, and readiness for technology transition, as well as potential risk mitigation solutions for current acquisition programs.


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