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10 Jan 18. US Army to hold tactical network industry day. The US Army is holding its first industry day focused on its tactical network as part of a new Army-wide construct to help the service modernize and improve its systems procurement process.
The Army announced the establishment of a new Modernization Command with cross-functional teams that align with the service’s six modernization priorities: Long-Range Precision Fires, next-generation combat vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, the network, air-and-missile defense, and soldier lethality.
The industry day, held Feb. 6-7 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, with the Army’s Network Cross Functional Team — lead by Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher — and the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical will seek to inform industry of Army tactical network modernization needs and priorities, an Army release stated.
This industry day follows the major network review in which the Army decided to scrap the continued delivery of its tactical network, called the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, because it was not up to snuff as compared with current threats, namely that of Russian jamming capabilities.
The Army is also looking at streamlining and revamping command post technology for integrating systems into a common interface.
“This industry forum will be the first of several topically focused CFT and program office technical exchange sessions to be held over the course of 2018,” said Paul Mehney, director of public communications for PEO-C3T.
The February industry day will provide industry insights as to specific threats the Army faces, and thus identify needed solutions and the Army’s priorities as they apply to tactical network modernization.
The first day of the event will focus on outlining the current network architecture and technical challenge areas such as emerging and future tactical wireless technologies and the state-of-mission command applications and infrastructure. The second day will shed light on focus areas for cross-functional teams in terms of tactical network challenges, to include a classified tactical radio electromagnetic signature session.
(Source: Defense News Early Bird/C4ISR & Networks)
10 Jan 18. Raytheon Touts Cross Domain Solutions For Navy. As the surface Navy intensively strives to achieve the cross domain capabilities so essential to warfighting success against a near-peer competitor, Raytheon is using its wide spectrum of defense technologies to support those efforts. Modern warfare increasingly requires operations across all of the five domains of land air, surface, subsurface, space and cyberspace.
A key Raytheon contribution to supporting the Navy in that complex operational environment is in enabling “cross domain integration,” which is “taking action in all the domains, and ensuring they are integrated and synchronized to achieve a military effect of some sort,” Thomas Copeman, Raytheon vice president for business development in air warfare systems, said in an interview.
Copeman, a retired Navy vice admiral with extensive service in surface combatants, said it “is arguable that the surface Navy and especially the Navy Department has always been a big player in multi-domain warfare, from the Barbary Wars, when they sent the Marines ashore to get a military effect in Tripoli.”
The surface Navy, since World War I, also has been involved in the subsurface domain, particularly in mine and anti-submarine warfare, Copeman added.
The modern surface Navy is particularly well suited for multi-domain battle, he said, “because of the sensors that they have, the aviation assets and the Tomahawks — which are designed to be a cross-domain weapon, going from the surface to the land domain and affecting events ashore.”
The cyber domain obviously is a newer challenge, in which the surface