Armor & Mobility

MAR/APR 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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to connect to the coalition network. The unit will use its updated CCE equipment for a pilot to obtain real-time Soldier feedback on the system. Official CCE fielding is expected to begin in FY 2018. SMALLER AND LIGHTER ON THE MOVE In support of expeditionary, quick-reaction and air-assault missions, the Army is also reducing the SWaP requirements of its mobile tactical network vehicle configurations. Until now, the WIN-T Tactical Communications Node (TCN) and the Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC) have been delivered on five-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs), but the new Lite versions are integrated onto Humvees, which can be sling-loaded from a helicopter for significantly increased agility and operational flexibility. "We virtualized some of the components of these systems – replaced hardware with software -- to make them smaller and less complex, while improving networking and network management capabilities," said Lt. Col. Michael Williams, product manager for the mobile WIN-T Increment 2. "Now units can sling load these network equipped vehicles, providing commanders with increased speed of maneuver and operational flexibility." COMMAND POST UNPLUGGED Further aiding in the Army's quest to become more agile, Secure Wi-Fi, which uses the National Security Agency-approved Commercial Solutions for Classified solution to provide classified and unclassified Wi-Fi to the Command Post (CP), will not only untether Soldiers and Commanders from their workstations for improved collaboration but it will increase unit maneuverability and operational flexibility. By going wireless, CP setup and tear-down times can be reduced by hours, and less cable and protective flooring have to be transported from location to location. Most importantly, network downtime is significantly reduced. Following CP setup, units can turn on their Wi-Fi hotspot, and the network can come up first instead of last, in as little as minutes instead of hours, and Soldiers can stay connected longer when relocating the CP. MOVING FORWARD To retain a technological advantage over potential enemies, the Army continues to improve its tactical network and the way the network is managed, operated and defended. The robust unified WIN-T network can support the mission command of a division all the way down to the company echelon, or even a small remote team. The Army no longer limits its view of the command post to that enormous tented shelter of the past; today's expeditionary command post is wherever the network is, Coile said. "The Army's one interoperable tactical network unites us wherever we are on the battlefield," Coile said. "It enables the commander to see first and act first while increasing speed of maneuver and operational flexibility." EXPEDITIONARY TAC COMMS WIN-T NODE OPS www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017 | 19

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