Armor & Mobility

MAR-APR 2018

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In recent years, the Army's information technology modernization has been outpaced by rapid change in the commercial world. U.S. adversaries leverage commercial off-the-shelf technologies, which allow them to gain an advantage over Army mission command systems at a fraction of what it costs the Army to build them. As a result, the service branch recently undertook a robust study to optimize current requirements development, acquisition and business processes to capitalize on the private sector's advancements in communications and networking. A NEW STRATEGY The new network modernization strategy is designed to enable the Army to "fight tonight" while also actively seeking next-generation solutions to stay ahead of potential adversaries. Soldiers must be able to shoot, move and communicate effectively while the Army continually assesses and adjusts to operational needs and technological evolution. Immediately, the strategy focuses on: halting programs that do not address operational requirements; fixing the existing programs that are necessary to fulfill the most critical operational shortfalls; and pivoting to a new acquisition methodology. This pivot will develop the future state network by rapid technology insertion through concept evaluation, experimentation/integration and then requirement definition represents a fundamental change in the Army's approach to tactical network modernization Army forces ahead of adversaries. Through a collaborative effort across the requirements, materiel and operational communities, the service has identified four network modernization lines of effort to improve the network: creating a unified network; building a simplified mission command suite of applications; improving interoperability among Army elements, and with the Joint force and coalition partners; and improving command posts' expeditionary mobility and capability (for full-spectrum operations). ENHANCING THE ARMY'S NETWORK TO "FIGHT TONIGHT" By Paul D. Mehney, Director of Public Communications, U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) and Justin Eimers, Public Affairs Specialist, PEO C3T The U.S. Army has implemented a plan to update mission command network software and hardware across 400 Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard units through 2019. This robust effort will reduce the number of disparate software and hardware systems in today's command post environment. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Bridget Lynch, PEO C3T Public Affairs) PEO C3T Network Modernization www.tacticaldefensemedia.com March/April 2018 | Armor & Mobility | 15

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