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 […]

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,” […]

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

PEO C3T, APG Lean Six Sigma grads fueling Army efficiencies

By Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 25, 2017) — As the Army continues to “do more with less,” process improvements such as those spurred by Lean Six Sigma (LSS) ideology are enabling the Army to more efficiently manage government resources. In support of these concepts, 17 LSS Black Belt candidates from APG, including employees from Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), completed a four-week course in December as part of their certifications. LSS is a process-improvement framework that enables practitioners to evaluate complex issues, identify inefficiencies and develop solutions to save time and money. During the class graduation, Gary Martin, […]

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, […]

Meeting in the Middle

Meeting in the Middle

Brig. Gen. Karl Gingrich looks at acquisition through the eyes of an operations research analyst to bring clarity to the readiness, fielding and operations of the Army’s tactical network by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s a matter of perspective. To ensure that the tactical network enables the readiness of operational forces, the Army must have a ready network to support them. Yet a ready network does not come solely from meeting materiel needs for better technologies. Instead, it includes the other side of the coin: institutional readiness to put those technologies into play on the battlefield. After all, the Army can field the latest and greatest network equipment, but if Soldiers […]

Army AL&T ready to read

Army AL&T ready to read

By Mary Kate Aylward Fort Belvoir, Va. (March 30, 2016) – The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine is online now, and it’s two in one. The April – June issue of Army AL&T magazine on sustainment is just the beginning. First up, experts from the acquisition, logistics and technology fields delve into sustainment: what it means and how to do it better. Then, flip the magazine over and find a different cover and a special 54-page section on Army acquisition’s role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, with dispatches from workforce members working with NATO and the government of Afghanistan to reform the procurement process, and fund […]

Networked Stryker unit on-the-move at National Training Center

Networked Stryker unit on-the-move at National Training Center

Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs FORT IRWIN, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2016) — The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, or 2/2 SBCT, leveraged the Army’s latest mobile network equipment package to battle enemy forces during its Decisive Action Rotation at the National Training Center, or NTC, on Fort Irwin, California, which wrapped up last week. As part of the package, the Army’s on-the-move tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, or WIN-T Inc 2, enabled commanders and staff to bring the power of their tactical operations center, or TOC, with them as they crossed the austere terrain of the Mohave Desert. The WIN-T-equipped Stryker vehicles provided […]

Army prepares to test enhanced network operation tools at NIE 16.2

Army prepares to test enhanced network operation tools at NIE 16.2

TAUNTON, Mass. (Jan. 19, 2016) — To make it easier for Soldiers to manage the vast tactical communications network, the Army plans to operationally evaluate newly enhanced and simplified network operations, or NetOps, tools during Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 16.2 this spring. The NetOps tool suite enables communications officers (S6s and G6s) and staff to provide a second set of eyes on the Army’s tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, ensuring Soldiers and commanders remain connected, communicating and synchronized. “NetOps provides a picture of actual on-the-move network battlefield conditions at all times, so if there is any break in the communications it is known right away,” said […]

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

Fourteen honored with acquisition awards

By Susan L. Follett ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – The Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Army acquisition executive (AAE) and the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, recognized more than a dozen groups and individuals from the acquisition community yesterday, as she announced the winners of the 2015 AAE Excellence in Leadership Awards. The awards represent repeat victories for two of the winners, who were also honored last month by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD(ATL)). “Since 1989, the Corps has provided an elite cadre of highly-skilled, technically-proficient professionals delivering world-class products to our Soldiers,” said Shyu in her […]

Col. Michael Thurston, Project Manager for Mission Command, lays out the essentials

Col. Michael Thurston, Project Manager for Mission Command, lays out the essentials

By Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest There’s a fundamental rule on the battlefield: To command effectively, you must be able to communicate. The Army continues its push to modernize mission command capabilities and embrace rapidly emerging technology against a backdrop of fiscal constraints and a volatile global security environment. At the same time, it remains focused on delivering to commanders and Soldiers the information they need to execute decisive actions anytime, anywhere and on any device. To implement this vision, the Army’s Project Manager for Mission Command (PM MC), assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T), is working aggressively to transition stand-alone mission command […]