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21 Jul 14. Air Force seeks new waveforms. The Air Force is looking for new radio waveforms. The request for information focuses on three main areas: Waveform Development Environment (WDE), Software Defined Radio Frequency (SDRF) Hardware Architectures, and commercially available SDRF technologies. The Air Force wants “flexible RF [radio frequency] systems capable of hosting multiple payloads (communications, signal classification, etc.) multiple functions, and dynamic attributes tailored to various missions and operational scenarios to include spectrally constrained waveform design.” The Air Force wants to know what commercial off-the-shelf technology is available. Software-Defined Radios should cost less than $5,000 per unit. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
21 Jul 14. Army building a marketplace for tactical comms equipment. In support of its push toward seamless frontline tactical communications, the Army is creating a one-stop shop for tactical communications hardware. The marketplace will fall under the umbrella of the Common Hardware Systems program office, which has for more than 25 years provided a portfolio of commercial technologies that meet the Army’s technical requirements. As it does with other equipment, CHS will establish the technical standards—and a contract vehicle—for hardware used to support the Army’s Common Operating Environment (COE), the Army said. The COE is an initiative to provide the same operational picture throughout the ranks, from headquarters to soldiers on the battlefield, incorporating everything from geospatial maps to video and other sensor data from unmanned systems to mobile devices carried by soldiers.
The Army released its COE Implementation Plan in January 2012 and since then has conducted a series of exercises to test, improve and deploy tactical communications systems. Along with setting standards, ensuring interoperability and improving soldiers’ mobile-computing experience, the COE’s goals include shortening the time it takes to identify and deploy new technologies. The COE, in turn, is part of the Tactical Network Modernization Roadmap and the service’s overarching Force 2025 goals. The CHS program office will establish a contract vehicle to attract what it hopes are innovative solutions from industry. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
21 Jul 14. Mutualink received high marks during the 2014 Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE), held at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The exercise brought together participants from the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corp, NATO Special Forces Headquarters, National Guard units, FEMA, TSA, and several other federal, state, and local agencies. In this complex communication environment, Mutualink was used to seamlessly and securely connect all participants via a resilient, peer-to-peer ad hoc network. According to members of the Joint On-demand Interoperability Network (JOIN) team, this was the first time in 21 years that all parties – the services, state emergency centers, first responder, allies, and other partners – were able to securely communicate while cyber-bandits were actively assaulting the network. Mutualink successfully defended against more than 3 million real-world cyber-attacks while simultaneously providing uninterrupted collaboration during several training scenarios to include a simulated earthquake and a wide-spread power outage. Mutualink’s Multimedia Gateway (MMG) enabled a range of participants to easily communicate using their own communication equipment and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) tablets and devices. This interoperability breakthrough was proof positive that personnel are able to remotely join, collaborate and share multimedia resources – radio, telephony, video, chat, files, and data – regardless of their location, available network, or device. Participants we