Army-defined open standards pave the way for RF convergence

By Kashia Simmons & Kelly White, CERDEC Public Affairs

MORA provides the fundamental building blocks to enable the future force to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum and to be lighter and more agile in adapting to emerging threats. (U.S. Army illustration)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (October 20, 2015) — The Army’s first of its kind modular, open system architecture is setting the stage for the future of hardware and software convergence after months of development from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC.

The Modular Open Radio Frequency Architecture, or MORA, will open radio frequency interfaces to enable rapid insertion of new capabilities and broader interoperability as well as reduce size, weight and power, or SWaP, for future ground vehicles.

“One thing we know about the future is that we don’t know what the future holds,” said Ben Peddicord, chief, CERDECIntelligence and Information Warfare Directorate’s Intel Technology and Architecture Branch. “The interfaces that have been exposed to MORA were chosen based on an analysis of the capabilities we’ve wanted to field over the last 15 years.”

Compared to a traditional radio solution, MORA provides the system integrator with greater flexibility when addressing technical challenges and the ability to insert third-party capabilities.

According to Peddicord, nearly all military platforms — to include Soldiers — have RF devices on them, making MORA an important element of hardware and software convergence because of its ability to share hardware assets across the platform.

Army uses new communication tools

Army uses new communication tools

Soldiers and Army civilians have many options to get current information. The Army recently unveiled version 2 of MilBlog, a community blog for AKO/DKO users. Authors post news, events and announcements to a worldwide internal audience in a smartly designed, modern blog format.

Its purpose is to “provide the AKO/DKO community a secure internal channel to broadcast its messages to a greater audience,” according to milBlog administrators. “MilBlog can be used to share knowledge regarding Department of Defense exercises, events, system/product announcements, and community interest stories.”

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is a featured contributor and fully supports the community with daily posts.

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Army research improves battlefield communications

Army research improves battlefield communications
Research being done at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is leading to significant improvements in how Soldiers send and receive data – including videos, voice transmissions, and other communications – on the battlefield.

Dr. Melanie Cole, an ARL Fellow, led a team of scientists that received award recognition for work done under their Director’s Research Initiative in UV-photon irradiation. The team included Ryan Toonen, Eric Ngo, Matthew Ivill, Gary Hirsch and Clifford Hubbard from ARL’s Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, and Theodore Anthony from ARL’s Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate.

The DRI is an annual competition launched in 1998 that calls for high-risk, out-of-the-box research ideas expected to result in emerging or alternative technologies that significantly advance mission needs beyond conventional expectations.

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DoD Buzz: Army builds small unit net cloud

DoD Buzz: Army builds small unit net cloud
Military.com posted an interesting story about future connectivity in the field. “The Army took a big step for­ward in its quest for the “holy grail” of bat­tle­field net­work con­nec­tiv­ity: pro­vid­ing satel­lite imagery, video feeds from aer­ial drones, text mes­sag­ing and more robust com­mu­ni­ca­tions to small net­worked teams on the move through rough ter­rain,” writes Greg Grant. “The idea is to cre­ate a pla­toon or smaller unit com­puter “cloud” that can move with the sol­dier as they move.” Read more…

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