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 Even if you could, it’d be out of date in seconds.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 – […]

Army researchers demonstrate 3-D printed drones

Army researchers demonstrate 3-D printed drones

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 28, 2016) — Soldiers witnessed the innovation of Army researchers recently during flight testing of 3-D printed unmanned aircraft systems that were created on-demand for specific missions. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command invited engineers from the Army Research Laboratory to Fort Benning, Georgia Dec. 1-3, to showcase new technology at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments, or AEWE. “We’ve created a process for converting Soldier mission needs into a 3-D printed On-Demand Small Unmanned Aircraft System, or ODSUAS, as we’ve been calling it,” said Eric Spero, team leader and project manager. With this concept, once a patrol requires […]

PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program initiates the Home-Station Mission Command Centers’ procurement and initial installation in the fourth quarter of FY16 to support the Army chief information officer’s HSMCC initiative. By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Referred to as a “tech refresh,” the hardware procurement and installation projects at the first Home Station Mission Command Centers (HSMCC) sites, managed by the Army’s Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) in cooperation the Army’s chief information officer, will accelerate the standardized command post design envisioned for the future Army. The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PD I3MP) will manage […]

Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

Army research center’s team to advance mission command capabilities

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC CP&ID ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (December 6, 2016) – It begins with a thought, matures into a concept and culminates as a Soldier-ready, next-generation technology. “It” is an advanced mission command capability, developed to provide agility for today’s expeditionary forces, and its roots can often be traced back to the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC. “Our research and development investments allow Programs of Record to explore new ideas or refine existing capabilities,” said Lisa Heidelberg, chief of the Mission Command Capabilities Division, under CERDEC’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate. “Every development phase spent with us comes with lessons learned, […]

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Army’s Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) has begun a Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh of the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The HSMCC Initiative is the Army’s evolutionary approach to provide corps, divisions and select other commands the capability to host and operate mission command systems at home station. A three-phase approach has been developed to ensure that mission commands are equipped with this capability. Phase one requires surveys to be conducted through multi-organization survey teams, to determine the operational state of each HSMCC. Information from the site assessments will be used to develop […]

DoD, users, industry collaborate on PNT technology development

DoD, users, industry collaborate on PNT technology development

Caitlin O’Neill, PM PNT ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (September 22, 2016) — Charged with delivering next-generation positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies, the Direct Reporting Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) has taken the lead in providing interoperable and secure PNT services to the Army. In order to support Soldiers in the field, PM PNT needs to understand their PNT environment, including factors such as disruptions in service, system requirements, capability needs, logistical use and others. Through partnership and collaboration with system users, other Department of Defense (DoD) Services, and industry partners, PM PNT uses a whole community approach in developing trusted PNT technologies that ensure the warfighter’s […]