Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James E. Howell III

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. James E. Howell III

POSITION AND OFFICIAL TITLE: DA Systems Coordinator (DASC) for Defensive Cyber Operations; Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit; and the Joint Tactical Networking Center YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 7 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 23 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: M.A. in procurement and acquisition management, Webster University; master of communications technology, National Radio Examiners; B.S in psychology and political science, Campbell University AWARDS: Bronze Star (3), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge Capitalizing on a […]

Reuse, Refine, Resolve

Reuse, Refine, Resolve

The Joint Tactical Networking Center shares lessons learned in providing software-defined radio products to enable strategic acquisition. by Lt. Col. Matthew A. “Matt” Jury It is much easier to define the concepts of strategic acquisition—making it more efficient, more economical and more sensible throughout the life cycle—than to put them into practice for any given program. While the concepts make sense, executing truly strategic acquisition requires process improvements, culture changes, modifications to DOD issuances and reinforcement of strategic guidance, such as that in Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0. Since its establishment in 2012 to offer technical expertise on wireless communications, the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) has assisted program management […]

Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, PM Tactical Radios   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 13, 2014) — With the Army’s new tactical network, squads and platoons can share data and images, track friendly and enemy locations and stay connected while covering more ground. Now, the Army is advancing a new radio capability that will more seamlessly connect those units to their higher headquarters. Known as the Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radios (MNVR), the system will allow Soldiers at the platoon and company levels to rapidly exchange digital information with battalion and brigade. With the recent approval of the program’s acquisition strategy and preparation for upcoming tests, the MNVR capability is on target for […]