Armor & Mobility

MAR-APR 2018

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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increased network capacity to transfer data, advanced resiliency to electronic warfare attacks and improved means of moving data from source to destination in different operating environments. "This capability improvement is necessary as the United States faces increased cyber and electronic warfare threats from near-peer adversaries," said Lt. Col. Shane Sims, product manager for Joint Battle Command-Platform, assigned to Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC). "The goal of the next-generation BFT 3 is to reduce the cognitive burden on Soldiers by creating a simple and intuitive network. The network has to be smart and fast enough to support these future missions." CERDEC is leveraging partnerships to establish cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with industry and academia that will inform aspects of the BFT 3 upgrades. Information leveraged from these agreements will be shared with the Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, to help scope BFT modernization requirements. Goals of the CRADAs include sharing lessons learned and insights into technology trends, providing a forum to review stakeholders' concerns, and enabling a common understanding of the BFT's future architecture, said Peter Bach, a CERDEC electrical engineer who is helping lead the effort. "The Army is bringing in the best minds from industry and academia through CRADAs to support this upgrade," Bach said. "The CRADAs will allow us to work collectively among our stakeholders to solve this problem from a modernization perspective. We're aligning all efforts to ensure we have a strong industrial base." Utilizing data from the partnerships, the program expects to release a request for proposal in early 2020, with anticipated incremental fielding of BFT 3 by 2025. CHANGES MOVING FORWARD To seek material solutions allowing for greater command post mobility and survivability, the Army recently released a directed requirement to enable the material development community to begin seeking command post integration and capability solutions. The Army authorized the implementation of the Command Post Integrated Infrastructure, or CPI2, effort in December 2017 to address mobility issues and to ensure communications hardware and mission command application integration across platforms. PEO C3T program managers will lead material development phases with involvement from the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command; Army Test and Evaluation Command; and industry. The Army will invite industry to compete and participate in certain aspects of the integration effort via a process known as other transaction authority. "We'll be synchronizing with our S&T and PEO partners to determine when solutions reach a mature technology readiness level," said Kim Reid, product director for Strategic Mission Command, which reports to PM MC. As part of the materiel development, integration and prototyping phase the Army has directed the program office to develop prototypes for five brigade sets of command post solutions. Each type of Brigade Combat Team (BCT) is represented in this effort. The First Unit Equipped date will be in Fiscal Year 2020 with the rest of the BCTs getting fielded in FY2021. "We will continue to identify future S&T efforts, and then based on the schedule, see where those transition points can be inserted into production. We'll leverage the expertise of the Army's scientists and engineers in these technical disciplines," said Reid. These and other efforts require significant institutional and cultural change in how the Army modernizes the network. Critical to the strategy is taking advantage of institutional reforms, made possible through authorities given to the Army in recent National Defense Authorization Acts, which will enable rapid prototyping, demonstration and experimentation with existing and emergent technologies. These efforts, coupled with predictable resources and real-time Soldier feedback, will allow the Army to keep pace with emerging threats, capitalize on private-sector advancements in communications and networking, and focus S&T efforts on anticipating and countering new threats. This strategy will enable the Army to prepare for war, "fight tonight," and win against any foe. A graduate of Michigan State University, Paul D. Mehney currently serves as the Director of Public Communications for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T). Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, PEO C3T's 1,600 personnel develop, integrate and field Army tactical network systems. Mehney previously served in communication management roles at the Communications-Electronics Command, and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Future Combat Systems program. Justin Eimers is a public affairs specialist for PEO C3T. His public affairs experience also includes more than six years at Tobyhanna Army Depot. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from King's College. 201.857.5333 The Gaming & Hospitality Active Threat & Crisis Management Symposium PREPARE ● RESPOND ● RECOVER TITLE SPONSORS: April 30-May 1, 2018 The Park MGM Las Veg as, L AS VE GAS, N V formerl y the Mont e C a rlo PEO C3T Network Modernization March/April 2018 | Armor & Mobility | 17

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