#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 […]

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 […]