Lateral Collaboration Reduces Costs

Lateral Collaboration Reduces Costs

Project management offices throughout DOD must effectively collaborate with other organizations to facilitate problem-solving and efficiency, and achieve additional savings for the taxpayer. by Lt. Col. Terry G. Crank, Mr. David A. Kondas and Ms. Tereasa M. Ferguson While many DOD organizations have little or no overlap between missions, there may be several organizations that have systems or processes in place that can be leveraged to help address substantial acquisition challenges. In the same way that Soldiers tactically coordinate between adjacent units in war, DOD organizations should apply this same concept throughout the acquisition community. The difficulty lies in determining how to apply this tactical imperative in a stovepiped environment […]

Army holds showcase of infrared technology advancements

Army holds showcase of infrared technology advancements

By Allison Barrow, CERDEC Public Affairs FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 19, 2016) — The Army held a showcase of infrared technology advancements resulting from a five-year collaborative program between industry and the Department of Defense, here, April 12-13. The Vital Infrared Sensor Technology Acceleration, or VISTA, program was a tri-service program to regain the U.S. lead in advanced infrared sensor capabilities, which are the foundation for the Warfighter’s ability to track and sense targets on the battlefield. Infrared sensors are also used in pilotage, maneuver, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, managed the program through its Night […]

Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

Cyber Innovation Challenge rolls on – but what makes it work?

By Claire Heininger, ASA(ALT) SoSE&I ABERDEEN, Md. (April 19, 2016)- Although October is Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month, April is shaping up to be the month of the Army Cyber Innovation Challenge. Last week, winning vendors from the Army’s inaugural challenge began delivering the first prototype kits to the Cyber Protection Brigade at Fort Gordon, Georgia. On April 5, the Army released a requirement for its second challenge, drawing such an enthusiastic response that it granted a 10-day deadline extension for more companies to become eligible to respond. For the third challenge, the Army is preparing to release a requirement in the coming days, just a few weeks after it hosted […]

Army kicks off third Cyber Innovation Challenge in Silicon Valley

Army kicks off third Cyber Innovation Challenge in Silicon Valley

by Claire Heininger, ASA(ALT) SoSE&I MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (April 1, 2016) — Before his recent trip to Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenged the Pentagon to “innovate and think outside our five-sided box.” The Army did just that this week, venturing into the heart of the tech industry to engage vendors on the leading edge of cyber capabilities. “This event is definitely about how we work together to solve problems,” said Ronald W. Pontius, deputy to the commanding general for U.S. Army Cyber Command. “The Army is continuing to build a world-class cyber mission force that adapts faster than our adversaries, and the Cyber Innovation Challenge keeps us in […]

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

Assessing radios that serve as ‘mid-tier’ in the tactical network at NIE 16.2

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 29, 2016) — For military operations, getting information quickly and analyzing it in real time is critical. Each minute counts as Soldiers wait for their orders. Using radios, associated waveforms and applications that serve as a “mid-tier” in the tactical network, Soldiers at the company level can talk and chat, collaborate and share reports and send data to battalion and brigade, linking the Lower Tactical Internet with the Upper Tactical Internet. The Army plans to assess the capabilities of the mid-tier at Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 16.2, which runs from May 2-14. Held at Fort Bliss, Texas, NIEs enable the […]

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Speeding motorists watch out! Army developing more adaptable, secure radar technology

Allison Barrow, CERDEC Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Radar detectors signaling speeding motorists of police presence are about to get a run for their money, as the Army is developing innovative radar technology that could someday be common practice for users wanting to mask their radar emissions. Over the past several years, the threat of being compromised has become an increasing issue for Soldiers in theater. The need to preserve radar system performance while operating in both a contested (adversarial attack) and congested (high traffic) radio frequency environment has presented a significant challenge to radar system designers. These challenges led the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development […]

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Upgrades to the CH-47 Chinook will allow it to serve until the 2060s by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army plans to fly its Vietnam-era workhorse CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter for 100 years by continuously upgrading the platform through a series of ongoing technological adjustments designed to improve lift, weight, avionics and cargo handling, among other things. The Army goal is to allow the helicopter, which was first produced in the early 1960s, to serve all the way into the 2060s – allowing the aircraft service life to span an entire century. “Our primary goal is maintaining the CH-47F’s relevance to the warfighter,” Lt. Col. Ricard Bratt said in a […]

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

by Mrs. Jacqueline Boucher (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Employees here introduced several innovative ideas for streamlining assembly processes on the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) system’s power distribution unit (PDU) saving time and money. Simplified cabling and alternate step-by-step procedures, proposed by subject matter experts in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate’s Tactical Systems Cable Branch, shaved 6.5 hours off the assembly process. The projected savings based on scheduled workload is more than $81,000 over the next 14 months. LCMRs backtrack incoming mortar, rocket and artillery rounds, enabling quick countermeasures “This was accomplished through many internal efficiencies implemented throughout the shop,” said Eugene Golembeski, branch chief. “I can’t […]

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

By Sgt. Devon Bistarkey (PEO C3T) JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army’s predominate friendly-force tracking tool known as Blue Force Tracker (BFT), used by nearly every ground and aviation vehicle across the fleet, could soon be part of a satellite channel sharing initiative. Currently, BFT-1 and BFT-2 systems utilize unique satellite channels to send and receive Position Location Information (PLI) and Command and Control (C2) data which allows commanders to visualize assets within the operational sphere. While this is operationally effective, it comes with significant costs. Validation from single beam testing offers a forward-thinking solution. On Jan 27, the Army conducted a channel sharing aviation mobility operational test at […]

Strength in (small) numbers

Strength in (small) numbers

The high-tech Army is creating opportunities as small businesses play an increasingly pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network, and sensible use of the SBIR program is a strong reason why. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s no secret that big business dominates the battlefield. Yet, as the Army turns its focus to an agile force, able to deploy on short notice to locations anywhere in the world—all while staying connected with uninterrupted mission command and situational awareness—small businesses are playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network. They may not be as big as some of today’s industry giants, but in an ever-evolving high-tech Army, […]