#AAC25 Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

#AAC25 Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

By PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 28, 2014) — The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios using full and open competition. The draft Request for Proposal, known as an RFP, which was posted May 21, to the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov, moves the Army toward Full Rate Production for the Rifleman Radio, part of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit program. Under the full and open competition approach, the Army will award contracts to multiple vendors, creating a “radio marketplace” where vendors will compete for delivery orders as needed, after they achieve technical and operational requirements. “The full […]

#AAC25 Army advances mid-tier radio for battlefield network

#AAC25 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 fielding […]

#AAC25 101st Airborne advances training with Army network

#AAC25 101st Airborne advances training with Army network

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (March 20, 2014) — As they prepare for their first large-scale air assault exercise since before 9/11, the Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are not just getting “back to basics” with their core mission — they are using the Army’s new tactical network to take it to the next level. In April, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and other elements of the 101st Airborne Division will conduct Operation Golden Eagle, a four-day training event focused on executing the expeditionary air assault mission and updating the doctrine that supports it, known as the Gold Book. New to that fight are […]

#AAC25 Beyond JTRS

#AAC25 Beyond JTRS

Pentagon, Army realign radio programs, stand up Joint Tactical Networking Center By Mr. Kris Osborn and Ms. Claire Heininger To provide needed communication capabilities to Soldiers, the Army has placed significant emphasis on advances in tactical radio technology aimed at driving industry innovation in hardware while leveraging years of government investment in software. In recent months, DOD transitioned the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS), reassigning its key hardware programs to the Army and Navy. Additionally, the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) was established to provide secure joint tactical networking applications that can operate in a variety of hardware transport solutions through an affordable, government-controlled open […]

#AAC25 Mission command goes mobile

#AAC25 Mission command goes mobile

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 3, 2013) — Just as many Americans continue to unplug and go mobile, so does Army mission command. As a vital link between dismounted Soldiers and their higher headquarters, tactical vehicles are evolving into mobile mission command centers – strapped with the latest in situational awareness and messaging technology. This fiscal year the Army plans to field Joint Battle Command-Platform, or JBC-P, the next-generation system providing mounted mission command, friendly force tracking and situational awareness capabilities. JBC-P will also serve as the first version of the Mounted Computing Environment, known as the MCE, one of six computing environments that make […]

#AAC25 New network provides ‘digital guardian angel’ for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 New network provides ‘digital guardian angel’ for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Claire Heininger and Amy Walker, U.S. Army ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 19, 2013) — The Army’s new, mobile tactical communications network has reached Afghanistan, where U.S. forces are relying on the technologies to stay connected and cover more ground. From tracking the progress of small groups of Soldiers at remote outposts to directing operations while traveling through mountainous terrain, the unit is leveraging Capability Set 13, or CS 13, to communicate and carry out its advise-and-assist missions in support of the Afghan National Security Forces. “The enhanced situational awareness given to us by this suite of technology has allowed us to maintain a ‘digital guardian angel’ as we […]

#AAC25 Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

#AAC25 Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

By Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., (April 20, 2012) — As the parent organization of Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, PM WIN-T reflects back on its own history, with roots in early satellite development that date back more than 60 years. “As far as tactical military communications, it never ceases to amaze me when I look at where we started and where we are today,” said Col. Ed Swanson, PM for WIN-T. “I’m proud to be a part of such a great organization as we continue to advance the Army’s tactical communications network and provide critical capabilities to the Soldier.” […]

#AAC25 Army delivers new tactical network to 10th Mountain Division

#AAC25 Army delivers new tactical network to 10th Mountain Division

Claire Heininger, U.S. Army FORT DRUM, N.Y. (October 15, 2012) — Soldiers will soon be able to cover greater distances, make quicker decisions and share more information using the Army’s new tactical communications network, according to leaders of the first unit to receive the equipment. Through mobile communications technology that connects all echelons of a brigade combat team down to the dismounted Soldier, the Capability Set 13, or CS 13, network will reduce units’ reliance on fixed infrastructure, extend the range of communications and improve battlefield awareness at the lowest levels. “This capability changes the equation, and gives us situational awareness where we need to have it and turn it […]

#AAC25 – FORCE XXI: DIGITIZING THE BATTLEFIELD

#AAC25 – FORCE XXI: DIGITIZING THE BATTLEFIELD

By Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Introduction As we move toward the 21st century, our Army will be called on to respond to crises in a world that is increasingly unpredictable. We will be called on to respond to crises which demand capabilities that could not have been anticipated a few years ago. But whatever the mission, the nation will expect us to succeed, to “win.” A we face the 21st century, this complex global political matrix is juxtaposed with a revolution in information technology that is changing our ideas about how to organize and how to fight. The power of the micro-processor, having its genesis […]

Portia I. Crowe, Ph.D.

Portia I. Crowe, Ph.D.

UNIT: Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical POSITION: Chief Engineer, Command Post Computing Environment, Technical Management Division; Branch Chief, Software Applications and Common Operating Environment AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2005 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 11 AWARDS: DOD Top Five Systems Engineering Award from the Systems Engineering Directorate within the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering and the Systems Engineering Division of the National Defense Industrial Association; Best of Visions Award from Product Development & Management Association; Civilian Excellence Award, CECOM Research, Development and Engineering Center; Quality of Service Increase, CERDEC Science and Technology Communications Directorate; DA Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2); DA Commander’s […]