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 […]

Network After Next

Network After Next

By Brig. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes, Col. Mark Elliott and Col. John Zavarelli   Just weeks after deploying to Afghanistan last summer, the commanders and Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (4-10 MTN) christened the Army’s new tactical communications network their “digital guardian angel.” Capability Set (CS) 13 became critical to their daily operations in Afghanistan, enabling them to cover more ground safely and providing a considerable tactical advantage. Their experience shows why the Army pushed so hard over the past two years to deliver CS 13, our first integrated package of communication systems that supports mission command on-the-move and brings the Soldier into the network. […]

Security Cooperation – A Case Study

Security Cooperation – A Case Study

By Lt. Col. Will McDonough, Robert Ucci, Bill Webber and Ted Greiner   As defense budgets and military force structure are reduced, the United States must once again examine ways to maintain our defense industrial base. While budgets may not allow for the procurement of new weapons for our own military at the rate many would like, there can be no question that we need to maintain the ability to ramp up for a future conflict at a time and a place that may be totally unpredictable. One very valuable tool for maintaining our domestic industrial base is to promote the sale of our defense materiel to friendly nations who […]

Unmanned vehicle demonstration showcases leap-ahead technology

Unmanned vehicle demonstration showcases leap-ahead technology

By Bruce J. Huffman, TARDEC Public Affairs   DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. (March 21, 2014) — Working closely with Lockheed Martin and a conglomeration of Army technology, acquisition and user community stakeholders, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center successfully demonstrated an unmanned military convoy Jan. 14 at Fort Hood, Texas. From a rooftop in the Fort Hood training area, military and industry VIPs saw firsthand how the Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System, or AMAS, enabled two driverless Palletized Loading System prime movers and an M915 tractor trailer truck to seamlessly interact with a manned Humvee gun truck escort. The convoy negotiated oncoming traffic, followed rules of the road, […]

Tobyhanna lands Gray Eagle Ground Control Station repairs

Tobyhanna lands Gray Eagle Ground Control Station repairs

By Justin Eimers   TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — The Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy have named Tobyhanna the Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) for the Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Ground Control Stations (GCSs). The decision by the four services’ Maintenance Interservice Support Management Offices recognizes the depot as the installation best suited for these repairs. “Through the acquisition process, there is a lot of assessment that takes place, including core logistics analyses that look at our capabilities,” said Nick Caprioli, chief of the Business Development Division. “Tobyhanna was selected based on infrastructure, training and technical expertise for this type of work.” Repair work will […]

Securing the Base

Securing the Base

DOD policymakers have complex array of tools to help protect industrial capabilities   By Mr. Kris Osborn   As DOD grapples with multiple fiscal challenges, the Army and the Pentagon are stepping up efforts to sustain and preserve the health of the U.S. defense industrial base (IB) by assessing vendor capabilities, watching for mergers and acquisitions, and analyzing the supply chain for critical capabilities. In its 2013 report to Congress on the health of the defense IB, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) notes DOD’s tightening fiscal constraints and widespread concern about their effects on the IB, but says only […]