Ridin’ the wind at the Renewable Energy Rodeo

CERDEC engineers set up a wind turbine at Aberdeen Proving Ground
by Edric Thompson, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Public Affairs

CERDEC Army Power is at the Renewable Energy Rodeo at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Hosted by our sister center, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, the two-day rodeo’s purpose is to demonstrate and assess the latest technological breakthroughs, while looking to meet Army energy goals and objectives.

Not only is the Army seeking to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by increasing its use of renewable and alternative energy, it’s striving to be an energy innovator and leader. In addition to the Army’s internal R&D efforts, this will be done by forging partnerships with energy leaders in academia, government and business.

The Renewable Energy Initiative encompasses all Army efforts to adopt and adapt technologies and capabilities that will help promote and facilitate renewable energy. The Army is pursuing renewable energy for solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, cogeneration, waste-to-energy, hydrogen energy storage, and vehicle-to-grid power.

CERDEC Army Power, which formally established its renewable energy program in November 2008, has been providing research and development support in these areas for several years. One example is our work in harvesting wind energy.

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C4ISR OTM E10 begins

RDECOM’s communications-electronics center, CERDEC, has begun phase I of the Army’s annual C4ISR system-of-systems, integrated capabilities event, C4ISR OTM E10.

Established by the Army in 2003, C4ISR OTM evaluates technical applications and maturity for emerging networking, sensors and C4ISR-enabling platforms on a year-round basis. This is done to demonstrate the impact of integrating these capabilities in a system-of-systems environment.

The lessons learned during C4ISR OTM E10 will support milestone decisions for programs of record, help to mitigate risk for Army technology objectives, facilitate R&D technology transition to programs of record and aid in developing those technologies through readiness levels.

It will also serve as a venue for assessing and enabling future force capabilities while identifying technology acceleration opportunities into the current force.

Major acquisition programs of record, such as WIN-T Increment 2, JTRS HMS Rifleman Radio and JTRS NED SRW, have leveraged C4ISR OTM risk mitigation and reduction to help achieve milestone decisions, and last year, the Army evaluated the complete future force network stack. This marked the first time that the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW), the Highband Network Waveform (HNW) and Net Centric Waveform (NCW), were integrated with respective Battle Command and ISR assets and assessed as one network.

Phase I of E10 will focus on component-level integration and assessments of individual systems. System-of-systems assessments begin during phase II in July, and capabilities assessments will be conducted by Soldiers during the final phase in August.

C4ISR OTM E10 will emphasize the ASA (AL&T) directed 2013/14 capability set study, align its efforts to support the Army Network Modernization Strategy and explore leap ahead capabilities that can augment and enhance the foundation of network modernization.

C4ISR OTM is an R&D program within the Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Fort Monmouth, N.J., one of eight major centers and laboratories that comprise the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). E10 will be executed from June 1 – Sept. 15, at Fort Dix, N.J.

Check out this video to learn more about C4ISR OTM: http://go.usa.gov/30v .

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Army, Microsoft extend cooperative research agreement

The U.S. Army extended a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement with Microsoft on April 16 to share research in support of developing hand-held and multi-touch technology for the Warfighter through 2013.

Although the U.S. government represents Microsoft’s single biggest customer, the CRADA with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center represents only the second joint research project Microsoft has throughout the federal government and the Department of Defense.

The initial CRADA between Microsoft and the RDECOM Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center was signed in 2009 and focused on the applicability of multi-touch technologies to command and control systems. The new agreement with CERDEC’s Command and Control Directorate will include hand-held devices, apps development and cognitive-based software.

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