Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

By Kathryn Bailey ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing program, or A-PNT, is advancing technologies to aid GPS when its signal becomes degraded or denied, but executing developmental testing on these capabilities is not always logistically or financially feasible. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is augmenting live testing with modeling and simulation, or M&S, technologies that can better measure how effective PNT technologies perform in the context of the Warfighter’s mission. “For decades, GPS has revolutionized PNT capabilities for Soldiers, but its susceptibility to interference has generated a need for complementary sources of PNT,” said Gina Guiducci, […]

Improvements on way for logistics application

Improvements on way for logistics application

By Martin Birchmeier, DLA Information Operations FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Federal and military logisticians will soon find it easier to search for supply item information, thanks to enhancements to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Federal Logistics Data application known as FED LOG. FED LOG allows users from DOD and other federal agencies, government contractors and NATO or NATO-sponsored countries to obtain official-use-only supply information, including approved item names, manufacturer and distributer data, unit prices and performance characteristics. Later this week, users will notice enhanced features such as new search filters, a simplified batch search and access to historical data. “On the 25th anniversary of the FED LOG application, we are […]

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017)—The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed the first Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh, for the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I3MP oversaw the installation of innovative and cost-saving information technology (IT) solutions that enable mission command warfighting functions to be performed from Schofield Barracks. I3MP, part of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, is the program management office responsible for the overall project management, system design, procurement, technical oversight, information assurance assessment, system integration and testing and system transition of the hardware technical refresh phase. The HSMCC Initiative […]

Science on the Spot

Science on the Spot

RDECOM science advisers assigned to commands in the field are poised to respond to capability gaps quickly—often with a prototype produced with 3-D printing. by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin If Gloria shows any signs of distress, Soldiers know to steer clear. That’s because Gloria, a pig who came to “life” through the magic of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, makes loud noises and oozes if there are chemical, biological or nuclear threats nearby. Without Gloria, Soldiers could step into a potentially hazardous situation without even realizing it. Gloria is one of the numerous projects that the Field Assistance in Science and Technology (FAST) advisers have developed, along with Edgewood Chemical Biological […]

Warfighter Focused System Engineering

Warfighter Focused System Engineering

By Caitlin O’Neill, PM PNT staff writer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Working together towards a common vision, Army partners recently came together to collaborate on critical Army positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) initiatives, technologies and capabilities necessary to support integrated system development. The Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) Standards Support Office (VSSO) risk reduction demonstration, held in January at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., focused on completing risk reduction efforts associated with implementing VICTORY capable systems on ground vehicle platforms. The VSSO successfully demonstrated three major capability areas: Remote control and management of devices including PNT/GPS, data radios, and electronic warfare (EW); distributed position and timing via native implementation […]

Partnering at the Speed of Cyber

Partnering at the Speed of Cyber

Stakeholders broke out of traditional roles while testing and evaluating cybersecurity at NIE 16.2, learning that when red and blue teams talk earlier and more often, cyber systems get stronger. by Lt. Col. Jeff Strauss and Mr. Robert Wedgeworth The ever-increasing complexity and interconnectivity of Army tactical networks and mission command systems, along with the requirement for mission assurance in the contested domain of cyberspace, present a unique challenge to operational testing and evaluation (T&E). The challenges in cyber (T&E) stem from several factors, first among them the sheer number of devices and the amount of data they exchange. These, when coupled with the growing size, evolution and complexity of […]

Medical Operations in the Multidomain Battlefield

Medical Operations in the Multidomain Battlefield

The battlefield of the future could be exponentially more complex than any the Army has known, and that’s why TATRC is looking forward to novel ways to treat and evacuate casualties. by Mr. Nathan Fisher In a conference room of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) headquarters at Fort Detrick, Maryland, in January 2017, leaders and staffers listened intently as Gen. David Perkins, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, outlined the future of the Army—the multidomain battlefield. The multidomain battlefield operational concept is built upon the premise that the joint force will not be able to assume uninterrupted superiority in any domain (land, sea, […]

Next-generation fires systems improve mission command, boost lethality

Next-generation fires systems improve mission command, boost lethality

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT SILL, Okla. — Soldiers view live-stream full-motion video from unmanned aerial vehicles via a smartphone. They access 3D digital maps to send precision target coordinates. Soldiers are relying on these advanced technologies to improve lethality and maintain battlefield dominance. These are among the improvements that will be embedded in future fire-support capabilities. The Army has started testing four upgraded systems for its Field Artillery units to provide more accurate and timely fire support to maneuver formations. Fielding is scheduled to begin in fall 2017. “These improved capabilities allow us to be lighter, faster and more lethal by optimizing the sensor-to-shooter digital chain,” […]

Mission Command on Semi-Automatic

Mission Command on Semi-Automatic

Autonomous control of routine, time-consuming tasks could free up commanders to concentrate on more difficult decisions. by Mr. James Hennig, Dr. Peter Schwartz and Ms. Kathryn Bailey When the fight commences, the commander shifts the military decision-making process into high gear. While the commander’s years of experience often dictate the pace of this process, even the most battle-hardened leaders must operate within the confines of the human brain’s cognitive capabilities. What if technology could automate routine, time-consuming tasks to shave minutes, or even hours, off the decision-making process? DOD thinks it can and is evaluating overarching concepts that would incorporate autonomous systems and artificial intelligence (AI) into its future combat […]

SREHD Shreds the Handheld Competition

SREHD Shreds the Handheld Competition

PM CCS is using robots to detect, mark and neutralize explosive hazards while keeping Soldiers at a safe distance. by Maj. Lendrick James and Mr. Kwai-Fung Chan Searching for explosive hazards with handheld mine detectors can be both physically and mentally taxing. Explosive hazards can be buried underground, laid on the ground or placed flush with the ground’s surface. There are a variety of techniques to emplace them, including scattering the devices on the ground or delivering them by vehicles or helicopters. The Project Manager for Close Combat Systems (PM CCS), within the Program Executive Office for Ammunition, has partnered with Carnegie Robotics LLC, a cutting-edge manufacturer of advanced robotic […]