In Sync, Secure and Aware

In Sync, Secure and Aware

Cyberspace is the new, virtual battlefield, and lines of offense and defense are blurred if not obliterated By COL Timothy D. Presby and Dr. Portia I. Crowe Cyberspace, the newest DOD operational domain, grows more complex and contested by the day. But unlike the traditional domains of land, sea, air and space, cyberspace blurs the line. President Barack Obama has compared the lack of boundaries found in cyberspace to a game of basketball, where—unlike in football or baseball—there is no clear line between offense and defense. Instead, the roles switch constantly. Such is the realm of cyberspace. And as Soldiers learn how to do battle within this new domain, the […]

Many Eyes, Same Pictures

Many Eyes, Same Pictures

Multifunction Video Display system integrates full-motion video from all sources at all vehicle crew stations By Mr. Sean Jellish and Mr. Brian Wilson A crew of four combat engineers is buttoned up in a Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV) Type II, moving down the road in search of suspected explosive hazards, with a mission to ensure that the route is safe for a convoy to travel. Each crew member has a set mission and, other than the driver, each is most likely using an enabler or sensor to help find the hazards. Each Soldier can only see what that sensor displays, requiring him or her to alert the rest of […]

Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

Profiler meteorological system aligns with Army’s fire support

By Kathryn Bailey, staff writer, Project Manager Mission Command ABERDEEN, Md. (June 22, 2015) – A quick check of the day’s weather forecast helps people decide if they should grab a jacket or umbrella before heading out for the day. However, temperature and precipitation predictions are just two of the weather elements that military fire support personnel must check to ensure they conduct an accurate fires mission. “Most people are not concerned if rain only falls into the upper atmosphere or if the wind or humidity shifts slightly throughout the day,” said Michael Strauss, an assistant product manager for Fire Support Command and Control (FSC2), assigned to Project Manager Mission […]

Next-Gen Command Post

Next-Gen Command Post

Winning in a complex world calls for an increase in both Soldier capability and adaptability—and a leaner, more mobile, expeditionary command post By LTC Joel Babbitt, LTC Jack “Shane” Taylor and MAJ James E. Howell The typical brigade command post (CP) of the past decade looked something like this: hundreds of feet of wires and cables, a deluge of transit cases and cumbersome tents—all requiring an entire day and a platoon of Soldiers to assemble. Now, advanced technology and improved acquisition approaches are enabling the Army to transform yesterday’s command posts so they are leaner and more agile to support an expeditionary force, a major DA operational priority. The acquisition community […]

Digital pioneer Edwards bids farewell to Army after 33 years

Digital pioneer Edwards bids farewell to Army after 33 years

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T staff writer ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 22, 2015) – With laughter, tears and an outpouring of thanks for his fellow explorers on the Army’s digital communications journey, Terence M. “Terry” Edwards concluded his 33-year Army civilian career at a retirement ceremony here on April 21. “Being a first-generation immigrant and being able to have a career like mine can only happen in a country like ours,” Edwards said. “To play a tiny role in protecting its freedom has been like a dream.” Edwards, who began his career as an engineer at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, rose through the ranks to become a member of […]

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series

Army creativity, commercial technology stressed at acquisition lecture series By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 8, 2015) — With the idea that the Army acquisition community can better confront current and future challenges by learning from the past, the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) held its second installment of the Excellence in Acquisition Lecture Series on March 24. Retired Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle, who pushed for a network-centric force throughout his career, served as the second speaker in the series. He urged the audience not to forget that they work for the Soldier first, and to take risks when necessary to provide […]

Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

Digital experts optimize field support for regionally aligned, agile Army

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (MARCH 11, 2015) — As the Army continues to modernize while simultaneously addressing drawdown and budget constraints, the service is streamlining the way it delivers field support for its communications and network systems. Taking on an increasingly crucial role in this realignment are Digital Systems Engineers (DSEs) – the go-to experts who link Soldiers with the right level of support. Bringing technical expertise and operational knowledge from deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots, DSEs are now fostering a system of systems approach to providing training, troubleshooting, cybersecurity and support for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment. “The DSE […]

Army realigns tactical network initialization process for increased efficiency

Army realigns tactical network initialization process for increased efficiency

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 3, 2015) — Turn on a new computer for the first time and you are met with a few questions before the computer is registered and recognized. In Army command posts, Soldiers must also complete this initialization step when their communications hardware is first turned on, so it can recognize and exchange critical information with other systems across the battlefield. Only a year ago, this process required installing a disc preloaded with unit information known as data products. If something changed and revisions were needed, a new set of data products would have to be created, with units waiting up to 15 […]

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

ATEC, PEO C3T explore new paradigms for testing emerging technologies By MG Peter D. Utley and MG Daniel P. Hughes For as long as there has been a professional Army, there has been testing to make sure Soldiers get weapon systems that work. We are experts at testing tanks and trucks, howitzers and helmets, antennas and ammunition. But what about an Android app, downloaded in the field to a ruggedized smartphone or tablet? Or a commercially developed radio that adds range and drops weight every other year? These are the questions the Army test and acquisition communities are tackling today to align our testing approaches to the innovative and adaptable […]

History in the Making

History in the Making

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Every edition of the U.S. Army Weapon Systems handbook since 1989 is now available in the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s new online archive. Since 1989, the U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbook has served as a critical reference document that informs key stakeholders and audiences—primarily Congress—about high-priority Army acquisition programs in a comprehensive and understandable format, while presenting essential information reflecting the strategic context in which the Army operates. Each handbook provides critical information through visual and written program profiles that describe each system’s purpose, capability, program status, projected activities and interdependencies with other key systems. Many of the systems from the first […]