Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (MARCH 11, 2015) — As the Army continues to modernize while simultaneously addressing drawdown and budget constraints, the service is streamlining the way it delivers field support for its communications and network systems. Taking on an increasingly crucial role in this realignment are Digital Systems Engineers (DSEs) – the go-to experts who link Soldiers with the right level of support. Bringing technical expertise and operational knowledge from deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots, DSEs are now fostering a system of systems approach to providing training, troubleshooting, cybersecurity and support for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment. “The DSE […]

Army realigns tactical network initialization process for increased efficiency

Army realigns tactical network initialization process for increased efficiency

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 3, 2015) — Turn on a new computer for the first time and you are met with a few questions before the computer is registered and recognized. In Army command posts, Soldiers must also complete this initialization step when their communications hardware is first turned on, so it can recognize and exchange critical information with other systems across the battlefield. Only a year ago, this process required installing a disc preloaded with unit information known as data products. If something changed and revisions were needed, a new set of data products would have to be created, with units waiting up to 15 […]

New Army tool enhances electronic warfare capabilities

New Army tool enhances electronic warfare capabilities

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs Office  Beginning with the early stages of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the Army has steadily increased its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities from both a manpower and equipment standpoint. In particular, significant progress has been ongoing since the Army re-established its EW corps and stood up the Project Manager Electronic Warfare office in 2009 to provide materiel solutions that protect Soldiers from radio-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and provides them with an accurate and complete understanding of their environment across the electromagnetic spectrum. As the use of EW has become more prevalent, land component commanders and their staffs require a capability […]

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

ATEC, PEO C3T explore new paradigms for testing emerging technologies By MG Peter D. Utley and MG Daniel P. Hughes For as long as there has been a professional Army, there has been testing to make sure Soldiers get weapon systems that work. We are experts at testing tanks and trucks, howitzers and helmets, antennas and ammunition. But what about an Android app, downloaded in the field to a ruggedized smartphone or tablet? Or a commercially developed radio that adds range and drops weight every other year? These are the questions the Army test and acquisition communities are tackling today to align our testing approaches to the innovative and adaptable […]

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

Radar mission to Ukraine challenging, successful

By Mr. Anthony Ricchiazzi (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — A team of Army personnel that included two depot technicians gave the Ukrainian army the ability to accurately track mortar rounds. Lightweight Counter Mortar Radars that backtrack incoming mortar rounds, enabling quick countermeasures were delivered to Ukraine recently. According to the Department of Defense news website, the radar systems are the first to be delivered so U.S. Army military and civilian personnel can train members of the Ukrainian armed forces. Team Tobyhanna arrived in-country and spent two weeks at the International Peace Keeping and Security Center in Yavoriv training Ukraine soldiers to deploy, operate and troubleshoot the radars. The Defense […]

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

Power Projection Enablers Team Backstops Korean Transformation Effort

By Courtney N. Cashdollar, PdM P2E Public Affairs U.S. and Korean forces are in the midst of a military transformation process that represents some of the most profound changes to the alliance since the Korean War. And behind that transformation is a team from Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E), providing and sustaining the command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems and services for classified and unclassified joint and coalition networks that are part of the Yongsan Relocation Plan, Land Partnership Plan (YRP/LPP). The transformation is part of a strategic alliance between the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) to relocate U.S. troops on the Yongsan Peninsula […]

Always Connected

Always Connected

Satellite communications network enables more expeditionary Army to move beyond the FOB By Mr. Darren LeBlanc For the past 13 years, much of the Army fought from forward operating bases (FOBs). The FOBs housed command posts with well-established network infrastructure, which served as an information “home base” for troops between patrols. That approach was well-suited to the operational environment and counterinsurgency mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, but future contingencies and support operations—even the current Ebola response mission in West Africa—demand more flexibility. Command posts must be smaller and more agile to support rapid deployment. Forces must be able to connect to critical information while en route to a developing situation. Network […]

Army acquisition in Europe

Army acquisition in Europe

Preparing for Force 2025 and beyond By Col. William J. Bailey, Commander, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Kaiserslautern, Germany This is an interesting time to be in the Army, and an especially interesting time for Army acquisition in Europe. We are at a critical point where we must review our current methods of doing business to ensure we are prepared to support the Army vision for Force 2025 and beyond. Part of the reshaping of our military includes establishing strategic partnerships with industry and governmental agencies to improve coordination and efficiencies. It also puts our acquisition agencies in a place to better utilize buying power. As the Army transforms itself from […]

CRL Graduates to Government Work

CRL Graduates to Government Work

A nontraditional defense contractor success story By Michael Klein and James Cummiskey Late last year, the Army Contracting Command–New Jersey (ACC-NJ) awarded the contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) to Carnegie Robotics, LLC (CRL). The signing of the contract, awarded on behalf of the Program Executive Officer for Ammunition and the Project Manager for Close Combat Systems (PM CCS), was a proud moment for the entire acquisition team, which had invested months of effort to reach that goal. From a contracting perspective, the award also highlighted a larger success story that began several years earlier, when ACC-NJ awarded a competitive project […]

Army’s networked communications equipment supports National Guard at home and in theater

Army’s networked communications equipment supports National Guard at home and in theater

By Amy Walker, staff writer for PEO C3T Army National Guard units wear two hats: they support state missions, such as domestic disaster relief efforts, and federal missions, when mobilized to deploy during national emergencies. The guard’s advanced radios, network communications equipment and mission command systems are flexible enough to support both of these objectives. “When we deployed in Afghanistan, we were the brigade headquarters over two expeditionary signal battalions; one was active duty and one was guard,” said Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Stephens, network technician for the National Guard 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade. “We did the same job, in the same theater, at the same time.” The Army’s […]