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 […]

RAMBO’S Premiere

RAMBO’S Premiere

A first for ARDEC: Researchers fire 3-D printed ammo out of a 3-D printed grenade launcher. by Mr. Seung kook “Sunny” Burns and Mr. James Zunino Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) successfully fired the first grenade created with a 3-D printer from a grenade launcher that was produced the same way. This demonstration shows that additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3-D printing) has a potential future in weapon prototype development, which could allow engineers to provide munitions to Soldiers more quickly. The printed grenade launcher, named RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), was the culmination of six months of collaborative effort by the […]

X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

Imagine trying to create a picture of the internet. Even if you could, it’d be out of date in seconds. Trying to visualize the cyber battlefield is roughly like that—and that’s just the beginning of planning and executing mission command for Army cyber operations. These aren’t just hard problems, they’re ‘DARPA hard.’ by Lt. Col. John Bushman, Mr. Jack Dillon, Mr. Michael Padden and Mr. Frank Pound Portraying maneuver warfare in the cyber domain is a difficult thing to do. After all, how can you show maneuver in cyberspace? There are no tangible flanks to defend, no rivers to cross and no visible military camps to target or avoid. But […]

Army Extends PATRIOT Missile Tech-Improvement & Ponders New Upgrades

Army Extends PATRIOT Missile Tech-Improvement & Ponders New Upgrades

The PATRIOT Missle Segment Enhancement improves fire-control, radar and target tracking for the weapon, which can destroy enemy drones, aircraft and Theater Ballistic Missiles. By Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior The US Army and key allies around the world are now analyzing a radar and targeting upgrade to the Patriot missile able to increase the range of threats it can destroy — to include a wider range of drones, rotary wing aircraft, cruise missiles, extended range tactical ballistic missiles and high-speed aircraft. The Raytheon prototype upgrade includes the addition of new technology designed to keep pace with fast-emerging threats well above and beyond the tactical ballistic missiles for which the weapon […]

No Barriers to Mission Command

No Barriers to Mission Command

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&I ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND – Army engineers recently demonstrated network technology that will allow commanders to conduct mission command using multiple computing devices from brigade down to the edge. The Tactical Computing Environment, or TCE, developed by the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, supports the Army’s Force 2025 and Beyond strategy, which provides the nation with a more expeditionary and agile force. “The military’s large, fixed ‘TOC Mahals’ have given way to smaller, more mobile command posts in an effort to support the Army’s push for expeditionary mission command,” said Cynthia Carpenter, CERDEC Command, Power, and Integration, or CP&I, […]

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

By Scott Sundsvold, PM I3MP FORT BELVOIR – The Product Manager for Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PdM I3MP) has completed the delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization effort for the Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas. “This modernization effort delivers the foundational Installation Capability Set that will connect this critical Army facility with the Army network for the next 10 to 20 years,” said Brendan Burke, product manager for PdM I3MP Assistant Product Manager Alberto Dominguez led the $7.44 million effort for PdM I3MP, completing it on Dec. 15, 2016. Dominguez and his team, known as Assistant Project Manager for Installation Capability Sets – […]