Signal Soldier “associate” provides real-time network diagnostics

The S-6 Associate software developed by CERDEC S&TCD aims to simplify building and monitoring the tactical network, diagnosing and addressing problems and ensuring each Soldier remains connected during critical moments. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Goodall)

The S-6 Associate software developed by CERDEC S&TCD aims to simplify building and monitoring the tactical network, diagnosing and addressing problems and ensuring each Soldier remains connected during critical moments. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Goodall)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 19, 2013) — As the number of electronic devices on the battlefield grows, so does the challenge of managing the network that links them together. Army researchers continue to work to create a better way to build and monitor the tactical network, diagnose and address problems, and ensure each Soldier remains connected during critical moments.

Engineers from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center, or CERDEC, are developing software called S-6 Associate that will consolidate existing information, simplify network monitoring and better equip the network operations staff officer, commonly known as the S-6.

The software enhances already fielded systems like the battlefield network Warfighter Information Network — Tactical, known as WIN-T, Command Post of the Future mission command system, network management systems and Visio, the network image building program, said Josip Pilipovic, CERDEC Space & Terrestrial Communications Directorate lead scientist for the S-6 Associate project.

Read more …

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 .

If you’d like more information regarding E10 or C4ISR OTM, contact CERDEC Public Affairs, (732) 427-1594. Also, be sure to follow us on twitter and Facebook.

www.twitter.com/cerdec
www.facebook.com/cerdec