Colleen McQuillan

Colleen McQuillan

UNIT: Program Executive Office – Command, Control and Communications – Tactical, Project Manager Warfighter Information Network – Tactical POSITION: Chief, Business Management Division/Program Analysis Officer AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2004 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 25 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Award; Army Superior Unit Award; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service EDUCATION: B.A. in mathematics, University of Delaware   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As the Business Management Division chief for Project Manager Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (PM WIN-T), I am responsible for assisting the program manager in managing and directing multibillion dollar technology and acquisition programs. I manage two Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID […]

Dennis Anthony Teefy

Dennis Anthony Teefy

UNIT: Program Executive Office: Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T), Project Director Network Enablers TITLE: Product Director, Key Management AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2000 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 18 AWARDS: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (5); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (4); Superior Civilian Service Award; Mr. Mountaineer Finalist EDUCATION: M.S. in environmental science and policy, Johns Hopkins University; M.A. in management and leadership, Webster University; B.S. in agriculture, West Virginia University; Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College; Level III certified in program management and test and evaluation, Army Management Staff College Civilian Education System Advanced Course   What do you do and why is it important to […]

USAASC launches weapon system website

USAASC launches weapon system website

By Steve Stark FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As the result of budget constraints and the cost of print production, the Army has not printed its traditional coffee table-style Weapon Systems Handbook for the last two years. However, because of the publication’s popularity, the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC), which produces the handbook, created a Web-based version for this year. Like a lot of good print products—the phone book, the encyclopedia, to name just a few—the 2014 Weapon Systems Handbook is going digital. Readers can currently find information on 30 key systems at that website, and the program executive offices (PEOs) are adding new systems and updating […]

David R. Williamson

David R. Williamson

UNIT: Product Manager Waveforms, Project Manager Joint Tactical Networks (PM JTN), Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical TITLE: Product Manager, Waveforms, PM JTN AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 46 AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Medal; Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Medal; Special Act Service Award (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Medal (3); Meritorious Service Medal (5); Overseas Service Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Cold War Service Certificate. EDUCATION: M.S., national resource strategy, Industrial College of Armed Forces, National Defense University; M.A. in business and M.A. in […]

All Together Now

All Together Now

Tactical Network training before more holistic and more versatile with every capability set fielding By Maj. Jonathan Swan, Capt. Keith Jordan and Mr. Larry Spence When fielding complex new equipment to a unit, there’s only one chance to get it right. If the training is off—in content, timing or audience—the unit can end up worse than it was without the new gear. To get the most out of the Army’s advanced communications network, Soldiers need to understand how to fully employ their systems to satisfy their mission requirements, and how to maximize system capability as part of a holistic network that spans the entire force. As the Army fields its […]

Army simulates battlefield environment in labs to prepare for cyber threats

Army simulates battlefield environment in labs to prepare for cyber threats

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T and Matthew C. McVey, SoSE&I ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (August 4, 2014) — As new technologies are introduced into the Army’s network, they are evaluated during semi-annual, Soldier-driven operational exercises in the mountains and desert of Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Though the Soldier-executed test is the focus of these Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs), the overall success of the effort rests heavily on lab-based planning and integration testing back at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., where months of risk reduction activities and evaluations are conducted prior to the operational event. After all, if the capability doesn’t work in the lab, it’s not […]

Network hotspot evolves with Soldier input

Network hotspot evolves with Soldier input

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T   ABDERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 24, 2014) — The SNE is getting a mission makeover. The Soldier Network Extension (SNE), which delivers the Army’s mobile tactical network backbone to the company level, is evolving from a vehicle used by the company commander to an information hotspot allowing other Soldiers to plug in, make phone calls and send and receive data from anywhere on the battlefield — from an Afghan polling place to an air assault observation point. The changes, based on user feedback from Capability Set (CS) 13 fielded units and the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) events, are also making the SNE more […]

Simplify, Simplify

Simplify, Simplify

Future network must make it easier for Soldiers to train, plan, operate from garrison to foxhole By Brig. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes and Ms. Jennifer Zbozny When you think “modernization,” the next word that comes to mind probably isn’t “simplify.” Progress often implies more systems, with greater complexity—saturating Soldiers with technology and then surging the underlying infrastructure necessary to support everything from power to training. But does it have to? As we plan the Army’s future tactical communications network—a top modernization priority as the Army transitions to a smaller but still highly capable force—we have a different vision. Picture a landscape in which Soldiers can start up a wireless command […]

Wi-Fi, 4G LTE hits battlefield

Wi-Fi, 4G LTE hits battlefield

FORT BLISS, Texas (June 13, 2014) — The Army is introducing the power of 4G to the battlefield, providing coverage that stretches across a forward operating base so Soldiers can access mission information from their smartphones, not their desks. The 4G LTE infrastructure is part of a new collection of advanced commercial technologies, including coalition and first responder capabilities and Wi-Fi for command posts, that answer Soldiers’ demands for tactical network systems delivering increased bandwidth and enhanced capabilities in smaller packages. “Soldiers and commanders in tactical operations centers need more bandwidth for data intensive tasks like sending large PowerPoint files, maps, and full motion video,” said Lt. Col. Joel Babbitt, […]

Under SecArmy Carson stresses network modernization, thanks troops at Fort Bliss

Under SecArmy Carson stresses network modernization, thanks troops at Fort Bliss

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T FORT BLISS, Texas (May 19, 2014) — Trading Beltway briefings for a Black Hawk and a backpack, Undersecretary of the Army Brad R. Carson visited what he described as one of the Army’s premier installations to highlight one of the service’s top modernization priorities, the tactical communications network. Less than a week after he was formally sworn in for his new position, the Army’s second-highest-ranking civilian leader toured the site of the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 14.2 here, Thursday, and reiterated the importance of a robust, flexible network to ensure information dominance for future missions. “As we secure our interests throughout the world, we’re […]