Innovative designs, smart manufacturing deliver Soldier readiness

Gene Curran, senior mechanical engineer, demonstrates the operation of the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar Live-Fire Test Simulator at Tobyhanna Army Depot. (U.S. Army photo by Kathryn Bailey)

By Kathryn Bailey, CERDEC Command, Power & Directorate

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 21, 2015) — Army production and logistics is teaming with Army research and development to better streamline the rapid design and fielding of cutting-edge technologies to the Soldier.

“The Army has called for increased innovation, which is shining a spotlight on prototype designs,” said Christopher Manning, Prototype Integration & Testing Division chief, under the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC. “However, it is imperative that our designs can be leveraged for mass production and sustainment.”

CERDEC’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or C4ISR, Prototype Integration Facility, or C4ISR PIF, designs, tests and builds prototypes using an iterative development process. It is teaming with Tobyhanna Army Depot, or TYAD, which is staffed and equipped as the full-rate production and logistics support facility for C4ISR technologies.

Both organizations are under the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s, or AMC’s, subordinate commands — CERDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and TYAD is part of the Communications-Electronics Command. AMC provides materiel readiness across the spectrum of joint operations. Its research, development and engineering centers and depots are critical components of the Army’s organic industrial base. Continue reading

Army asks industry to support Warfighter requirements

Army asks industry to support Warfighter requirements

BALTIMORE — What Soldiers need to be successful on the battlefield and how the technology should be developed were questions the Army and industry met to talk about during Panel Session One at the Team C4ISR Symposium in Baltimore yesterday.

Technology is changing so fast, and the acquisition process traditionally has been so slow, the topic raises more challenges than solutions at present.

The Army C4ISR concept, or “Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,” supports Soldiers fighting every day, upgrading and modernizing existing systems, incorporating new technologies, and ensuring the operational readiness of these systems that both protect our Warfighters and give them a technological advantage over the enemy.

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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.

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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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