ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (October 31, 2019) - The Secretary of the Army met with leaders from the Army’s technology development, fielding and sustainment communities for an update on their efforts to modernize the Army’s tactical network Oct. 24.
The Honorable Ryan McCarthy and representatives from the Army’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance– or C5ISR– community discussed the status and schedule for fielding capabilities; horizontal integration efforts and initiatives in mission command; artificial intelligence; low earth orbit satellite constellations; and assured positioning, navigation and timing.
McCarthy also received demonstrations of emerging network modernization capabilities from the Combat Capabilities Development Command’s C5ISR Center.
In the C5ISR Center Systems Integration Laboratory, or C-SIL, McCarthy received an overview of Integrated Tactical Network, or ITN, capabilities and the lab-based testing being executed prior to fielding ITN equipment to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The center included a demonstration of its Blacksails program, which was developed to replicate tactical radio network configurations.
McCarthy was also briefed on how the C5ISR Center is leveraging Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, or CRADAS, with industry to identify vulnerabilities within their systems and enable quicker development using the “test-fix-test” methodology.
In the Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems Integration Lab, or PNT SIL, center representatives articulated the PNT community’s collective path forward for capabilities, including a modular open systems approach.
They also explained how the center is informing tailored, cost-effective fielding decisions by using modeling and simulation to assess the mission effectiveness of commercial and emerging PNT capabilities.
Among those accompanying McCarthy during his visit were Maj. Gen. David Bassett, Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical; Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, Director for the Network Cross Functional Team; Mr. Willie Nelson, Director for the Assured PNT CFT; Maj. Gen. Mitchell Kilgo commanding general of the Communications-Electronics Command; Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, commanding general of Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors; Brig. Gen. Matthew Easly, director of Army Future Command’s Artificial Intelligence Task Force; and Patrick O’Neill, director of the C5ISR Center.
The tour successfully demonstrated the synergy among the science and technology, acquisition, and cross-functional team communities, noted O’Neill
“Our goal is to streamline the process without losing sight of the Soldier. Soldier input and strong teamwork among the communities of interest throughout the development and acquisition process is enabling us to efficiently get better equipment into the hands of our Warfighters,” O’Neill said.
The C5ISR Center is the Army's applied research and advanced technology development center for C5ISR capabilities. As the Army's primary integrator of C5ISR technologies and systems, the center develops and matures capabilities that support all six Army modernization priorities, enabling information dominance and tactical overmatch for the joint warfighter.
The C5ISR Center is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U. S. Army Futures Command.