It’s About Time—All of It

It’s About Time—All of It

When GPS goes out, the chip-scale atomic clock may be coming to the rescue. by Mr. John Delcolliano and Mr. Paul Olson Accurate time is crucial to our military. It enables all the warfighting functions of an expeditionary force: radio communications, network synchronization, information gathering, weapon systems, manned and unmanned systems, maneuvers, fires, electronic warfare and all types of sensors. In addition to relying on the positioning capabilities of the Global Positioning System (GPS), many Army systems use GPS, which was developed by the U.S. military, for its highly accurate time. That’s because if you know where you were 10 seconds ago, you can determine where you are now based […]

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

Three organizations transition to PEO IEW&S

By Brandon Pollachek The portfolio of the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) grew by a project manager office and a four product managers with the transition of Project Manager Biometrics (and its subordinate product manager organizations) as well as Product Manager Counter Explosive Hazards (PM CEH) and Product Manager Force Protection Systems (PM FPS). Following approval from the Hon. Heidi Shyu, former assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, PM Biometrics and PM CEH came under operational control of PEO IEW&S on Jan. 28. PM FPS transitioned in a similar manner on March 31. All of the transitioning offices will be […]

CHESS Consolidated Buy now open; offers Windows 10 compliant devices

CHESS Consolidated Buy now open; offers Windows 10 compliant devices

By Billy Cody and Tricia Shelley The Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) Consolidated Buy (CB) – 23 is open for ordering and offers devices that are compliant with Windows 10. CHESS offers two CB periods yearly. The CB-23 ordering period opened June 13 and runs through Sept. 30. CB-23 is open to all government agencies and employees eligible to buy through CHESS, and it is the mandated source for Army desktop and notebook computers. Organizations that use the CB can realize significant savings, regardless of the quantities obtained. The migration to Windows 10 is part of DOD’s effort to ensure a more secure computing environment for end-users and […]

Soldiers simulate realistic scenarios while testing Rifleman Radio

Soldiers simulate realistic scenarios while testing Rifleman Radio

by Ms. Argie R Sarantinos Perrin (PEO C3T) FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (June 13, 2016) — Soldiers in a densely wooded forest hold their positions as the enemy quickly approaches. Shots are fired, but minutes later, the Soldiers are told to cease fire. Using blank ammunition, Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in a realistic operational scenario as part of testing to support the procurement of the Army’s next generation hand-held Rifleman Radio (RR). This excursion took place at the United States Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG), Fort Huachuca, Ariz. May 16-26. The excursion is part of the Rifleman Radio Customer Test (CT) and serves as the next […]

Reaching For The Cloud

Reaching For The Cloud

As ubiquitous as ‘the cloud’ is in the commercial world, that is not the case with the Army because of security requirements. But an Army cloud is not far away and offers significant benefits for sustainment and cost-savings—and the information Soldiers need. by Col. John E. Rozsnyai The keys to sound decision-making and effective action are good information—perhaps with a few specialized tools and services thrown in to help make sense of it all—and reliable communications. This is true no matter where you are or what you are doing—on the battlefield or in the office, conducting major combat operations, responding to a humanitarian crisis, training or planning. Today, communications, the […]

Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery, Drones and Cruise Missiles

Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery, Drones and Cruise Missiles

Laser Weapons Will Protect Forward Operating Bases as part of an effort to save Soldier from incoming enemy attacks such as missiles, mortars and artillery. by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army is planning to deploy laser weapons able to protect Forward Operating Bases (FOB) by rapidly incinerating and destroying approaching enemy drones, artillery rounds, mortars and cruise missiles, service leaders told ScoutWarrior. Forward-deployed soldiers in places like Afghanistan are familiar with facing incoming enemy mortar rounds, rockets and gunfire attacks; potential future adversaries could launch drones, cruise missiles, artillery or other types of weapons at FOBs. Adding lasers to the arsenal, integrated with sensors and fire-control radar, could massively […]

Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

Army ManTech program helps pave way for industry innovation

By Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton and Andrew Davis In a continuing effort to close capability gaps more affordably while spurring advanced manufacturing capabilities in the United States, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on April 1 inaugurated the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In December 2014, President Barack Obama identified advanced manufacturing as a key initiative for the future of the American economy by signing the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act into law, thereby formalizing the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a multiagency initiative with a core focus on a series of MIIs. Carter is a strong advocate for the president’s […]

BEYOND GPS

BEYOND GPS

Pseudolites help pave the Army’s path to assured positioning, navigation and timing, providing a ‘protective bubble’ for Soldiers when satellite signals are degraded or denied. by Maj. Troy Houston If your personal GPS is wrong, the consequences can be maddening. If a Soldier’s GPS is wrong, the consequences can be disastrous. GPS has become so integral to daily life, and to military operations, that it’s easy to take for granted. But when GPS satellite signals are impeded or denied in a combat environment—by terrain conditions or enemy actions—it affects units’ ability to maintain initiative, coordinate movements, target fires and communicate on-the-move. As the threat environment changes and adversaries become more […]

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

Army scientist to advise on futuristic fabrics, textiles research

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 24, 2016) — The White House announced a new manufacturing innovation center in Massachusetts April 1. In partnership with the Department of Defense, a consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will spearhead a new manufacturing innovation institute, according to a White House press release. The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation Hub will focus on “securing U.S. leadership in revolutionary fibers and textiles manufacturing,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced at a ceremony at MIT’s Sandberg Conference Center. DOD’s Manufacturing Technology Program, known as ManTech, asked Army scientist Dr. […]

OCSJX-16 marks several ‘firsts’

OCSJX-16 marks several ‘firsts’

by Daniel P. Elkins, Operational Contract Support 2016 Public Affairs Cell More than 500 participants from across DOD recently spent three weeks running through the ins and outs of joint contracting and operational contract support readiness, as part of the Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016 (OCSJX-16) held in El Paso, Texas. Sponsored by the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff J-4, OCSJX exercises the full spectrum of contract support from operational through tactical levels. This year, OCSJX-16 used the U.S. Southern Command Panama Canal defense scenario to support training and assessment of operational contract support capabilities. The exercise integrated planning and key processes for OCS, and included a focus on […]