#AAC25 BETSS-C Providing The Warfighter With An Integrated Base Defense System Enabling Response Against A Full Spectrum Of Targets

#AAC25 BETSS-C Providing The Warfighter With An Integrated Base Defense System Enabling Response Against A Full Spectrum Of Targets

By Christina Bates, PEO IEW&S Recent wars have ushered in a totally new way of conducting operations: coordinated sensor warfare. Whether the area of focus is Base Defense, Air Defense, Intelligence, Reconnaissance, Target Acquisition, or Target Prosecution, timely and actionable information is essential. A robust way to accomplish this is through a cogent networking of different types of sensors. The Project Manager, Night Vision/Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (PM NV/RSTA) has fielded networked sensors in theater since 2002 and continues to evolve and improve this critical capability. PM NV/RSTA’s sensor systems enable our warfighters in theater to rapidly and effectively respond to evolving threats thereby saving lives on the battlefield […]

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

#AAC25 PM EW set to meet Army’s electronic warfare needs

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 15, 2009) — As the U.S. Army approaches eight years of counter-insurgency operations in two theaters, Iraq and Afghanistan, the enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum against U.S. Soldiers has remained a persistent challenge. Protecting Soldiers from improvised explosive devices and providing them with an accurate and complete understanding of their environment across the spectrum has brought about significant change in focus for the Army in the area of electronic warfare. By tightly integrating EW — as a form of non-kinetic fires — with existing kinetic capabilities, the the aim is to achieve spectrum dominance through an effects-based joint operations […]

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

#AAC25 Prophet Enhanced Set To Bolster ISR Coverage

By Brandon J. Pollachek, PEO IEW&S With an urgent demand from soldiers in the field to be able to collect as much information about the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Product Manager Prophet (PdM Prophet) has recently secured a system that will assist in meeting that need for battlespace awareness. On Oct. 20, Brig. Gen. Tom Cole, Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors along with Lt. Col. Jim Ross, PdM Prophet witnessed the roll out of the first Prophet Enhanced vehicle from General Dynamics in Scottsdale, AZ. Prophet Enhanced was one of the systems obtained by the Army under a short timeline as a part of the […]

#AAC25 CMWS provides protection one year early

#AAC25 CMWS provides protection one year early

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs Officer In a New Hampshire industrial plant, far away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, a system that has provided soldiers with a great amount of protection reached its original Acquisition Program Objective (APO) on April 30. The Army accepted the delivery of the1,710th Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) approximately one year ahead of schedule from BAE. With CMWS systems installed on almost all Army aircraft in the combat zone, pilots flying missions in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have been afforded a sense of security, which was not available to them prior to the devices inclusion as a part […]

#AAC25 Guardrail turns 40, modernization keeps it going

#AAC25 Guardrail turns 40, modernization keeps it going

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., July 8, 2011 — A dinner celebration on Aberdeen Proving Ground during the 2011 Special Electronic Mission Aircraft conference represented more than just an opportunity to bring together the numerous military, government and industry personnel that had been instrumental in the development and continued success of the Guardrail program, it served as an opportunity to reflect on 40 years of success with more to come. Guardrail aircraft were first employed in Germany in 1971 to monitor Soviet Block troop movements in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, and they continued to perform that function for nearly 30 years. At the end […]

Kevin Coggins

Kevin Coggins

UNIT: Program Executive Office-Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors POSITION: Product Director Positioning, Navigation & Timing AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2011 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 5 AWARDS: Commander’s Award EDUCATION: B.S. in electrical, electronics communications, University of Florida   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? I serve as the product director for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), responsible for the development, procurement, fielding and life-cycle support of the Army’s PNT capabilities. These capabilities provide the warfighter with the ability to access accurate and trusted time and position information—critical enablers for all Army warfighting functions and almost every Army system. What are some of the milestones […]

#AAC25 Army accepts last PTDS Aerostat

#AAC25 Army accepts last PTDS Aerostat

By Brandon Pollachek, PEO IEW&S PAO On May 29, the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) system entered its next chapter as Lt. Col. Michael Parodi, product manager Meteorological and Target Identification Capabilities, was on hand at the Lockheed Martin facility in Akron, Ohio; to accept the delivery of the last PTDS ordered. Since its original introduction as a quick reaction capability the Army has procured 66 systems that have been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. PTDS is a large aerostat tethered to a mooring platform, which is accompanied by a Ground Control Station (GCS). The system is equipped with both visual and audio surveillance technology. Since the Civil War, […]

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 […]

Soldiers say leadership critical in enhancing DCGS-A capabilities

Soldiers say leadership critical in enhancing DCGS-A capabilities

By David Vergun   WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 24, 2014) — Soldiers who have used the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, both on and off the battlefield, say that with adequate training, it’s an intelligence game changer. Sgt. Troy Thatcher is one such user and proponent. While deployed with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, he was a junior analyst on a tactical intelligence ground collection team. He described how DCGS-A helped make his unit’s mission a success. Thatcher, then a specialist, went on daily patrols with the infantry, where he gathered intelligence. He then uploaded that data into DCGS-A, a system he said he used effectively. At the time, […]