Wi-Fi, 4G LTE hits battlefield

Wi-Fi, 4G LTE hits battlefield

FORT BLISS, Texas (June 13, 2014) — The Army is introducing the power of 4G to the battlefield, providing coverage that stretches across a forward operating base so Soldiers can access mission information from their smartphones, not their desks. The 4G LTE infrastructure is part of a new collection of advanced commercial technologies, including coalition and first responder capabilities and Wi-Fi for command posts, that answer Soldiers’ demands for tactical network systems delivering increased bandwidth and enhanced capabilities in smaller packages. “Soldiers and commanders in tactical operations centers need more bandwidth for data intensive tasks like sending large PowerPoint files, maps, and full motion video,” said Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, […]

Getting a Fix on the Future

Getting a Fix on the Future

Even as it closes the books on the longest war in U.S. history, the Army must plan, in difficult circumstances, for what is to come   By Ms. Margaret C. Roth   As the Army draws down to what could be its smallest size in nearly three-quarters of a century, the focus is squarely on the future. So, what does the Army need to do today to get where it wants to be 30 years from now? In a word: Plan. But it’s more complicated than it sounds. A year and a half ago, the Army initiated a new strategic modernization planning process that combines a detailed analysis of investments […]

Fort Leonard Wood MPs test new body armor vest

Fort Leonard Wood MPs test new body armor vest

By Dawn Arden, Leonard Wood FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 16, 2014) — More than 20 Fort Leonard Wood military police officers tested the regiment’s newest body armor vests, last week. Both a concealed and non-concealed version were under scrutiny by MPs of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. According to Connie Respress, Capability Development Integration Directorate, Requirements Determination Division program action officer, Fort Leonard Wood was a logical choice for evaluation of the newest Family of Concealable Body Armor, or FoCBA. “Fort Leonard Wood has the MP Corps leaders, SMEs (subject matter experts) and Soldiers providing day-to-day operations as military police,” Respress said. Repress noted that Product Manager Soldier […]

Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PM Tactical Radios   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 13, 2014) — With the Army’s new tactical network, squads and platoons can share data and images, track friendly and enemy locations and stay connected while covering more ground. Now, the Army is advancing a new radio capability that will more seamlessly connect those units to their higher headquarters. Known as the Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radios (MNVR), the system will allow Soldiers at the platoon and company levels to rapidly exchange digital information with battalion and brigade. With the recent approval of the program’s acquisition strategy and preparation for upcoming tests, the MNVR capability is on target for […]

USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results

USAASC announces April MOS 51C reclassification board results

By Tara Clements FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 12, 2014) – Fourteen candidates were selected for reclassification as a result of the 51C Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) reclassification board held here April 22-23, 2014. The last board of the fiscal year was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) and administered by the 51C Proponent Office. “We had a record number of applications this year resulting in one of our most competitive boards yet,” said Master Sgt. Eric Sears, chief 51C proponent NCO. “Out of 197 applicants, fourteen were selected meeting our end-strength goals for the fiscal year,” he added. As a result, the July board has been cancelled. The […]

Army holds first terrain walk ahead of Manpack Radio test

Army holds first terrain walk ahead of Manpack Radio test

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PM Tactical Radios   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 2, 2014) — Combining new Google Earth technology and old-fashioned walking, the Army used a creative approach to prepare for a key test on the Manpack Radio. With the AN/PRC-155 Manpack Radio scheduled for a Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) at the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.2 in May, the Handheld, Manpack, Small-form fit (HMS) program team wanted to address any potential concerns in advance. By using Google Earth and scouting areas on foot at Fort Bliss, Texas, the HMS team found a place to assess the effectiveness of the Manpack Radio in rugged terrain that was representative […]

Passing the iPhone test

Passing the iPhone test

Advancing the Common Operating Environment to support current and future Soldiers   By Ms. Portia I. Crowe   Apple’s iPhone took a standard architecture and improved it, then provided a software development kit (SDK) that enabled third-party developers to quickly and inexpensively create applications, or “apps,” that deliver weather, social media, games and more. It worked intuitively, at the touch of a finger and with little or no instruction. By delivering the power of the Internet when and where we wanted it, apps revolutionized information delivery and had us all saying, “There’s an app for that.” That kind of “smart” is the Army’s objective as it moves forward with its […]

Marines: Blue Force Tracking parts on time, on budget

Marines: Blue Force Tracking parts on time, on budget

By Jacqueline Boucher   TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Team Tobyhanna is fabricating thousands of electrical and mechanical components for the U.S. Marine Corps. Last year, the Marine Corps Systems Command asked Tobyhanna Army Depot to produce 22,855 items destined to be installed on Marine Corps Blue Force Tracking High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees). With a completion date of May, several depot shops rose to the challenge to complete nine different mechanical components and seven different electrical cable assemblies, a project valued at $8.4 million. Blue Force Tracking provides location information of friendly and hostile military forces. “We continually get great results from Tobyhanna,” said Project Officer Dan Scarber, […]

Congressmen, Army break ground on future site of R&D hangar

Congressmen, Army break ground on future site of R&D hangar

By Kristen Kushiyama   JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Congressmen, U.S. Army senior executive service members and other military officials gathered at the Joint Base’s Lakehurst section for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of a future Army research and development aircraft hangar here April 11. Reps. Jon Runyan and Chris Smith from New Jersey’s third and fourth districts joined leaders from the Army’s research and development community and the Army Corps of Engineers for a symbolic “first dig” at the hangar site slated for completion January 2016. The Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center, or RDECOM CERDEC, hosted the event. The Army awarded Pennsylvania-based Bedwell Company a $42 […]

Army Reserve offers acquisition opportunities

Army Reserve offers acquisition opportunities

By Lt. Col. Jim Craig   Do you have acquisition experience that you could use to continue to benefit the U.S. Army? Would you like to gain or hone these valuable skills? The Army Reserve is pursuing qualified officers, noncommissioned officers (NCOs), and civilians for the Army Reserve Acquisition Corps. Whether you are transferring out of the active component or are already in the Army Reserves, you might very well have what the Acquisition Corps needs! Potential benefits for this move may include, but are not limited to: Reserve pay, retirement and status benefits Continued education to further industry-recognized Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications and Army military education […]