Armor & Mobility

FEB 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Project Manager Mission Command recently used a CTSF lab to ensure compatibility of the Army's latest situational awareness software, Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) with current fielded network software. Compatibility testing was successful and the Army now plans to field additional JBC-P capability in the coming years. CTSF workforce and facilities are also prepared to work software accreditation and integration testing of the Army's emerging Common Operating Environment (COE) software baseline. Initial assessments are ongoing now, with dedicated COE testing anticipated in the next couple of years. The labs also provide capability to support Fort Hood based combat forces as they prepare for world-wide operations. CTSF is assisting the 1st Cavalry Division in establishing a Brigade Combat Team cyber warfare lab for an initiative to enable training on active and passive cyber warfare in a lab environment that will enable the division to increase its cyber readiness prior to deployments. The Army Research Lab/Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorates (ARL/SLAD) Cyber section uses the tactical architecture as part of the Army Interoperability Certification software accreditation process prior to fielding. From a Joint Operations Vantage As the Army increasingly operates in Joint and coalition environment, achieving systems of systems interoperability continues to become more complex and challenging. The CTSF is home to the Army's Coalition Interoperability Assurance and Validation lab with personnel focused on streamlining and improving the Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Network. By accessing Army command and control systems at the CTSF, mission partners are able to continuously work to reduce risk and address current coalition network LOA interoperability challenges and also work to correct anticipated challenges as coalition partners change. Looking toward the future, the CTSF is adapting to meet coalition challenges by expanding capability to support emerging requirements and provide access to the Army tactical software baselines for Joint and Coalition interoperability efforts. CTSF routinely supports Joint Air Ground Integration Level Exploration (AGILE) Fire events by hosting the Joint Air Ground Integration Cell with the Ft. Hood based 712th Air Support Operations Squadron and the 1st Cavalry Division providing facilities, required network access, and engineering support to establish the event network. AGILE Fire brings together Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps test sites across the U.S. to work Joint Fires and airspace management/de-confliction-related objectives and illustrate the synergy, capability, and collaboration that exists locally at the CTSF. More info: COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! Armor & Mobility | February 2017 | 23

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