Army details future of tactical-war network

A file photo of U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment watch as CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade lands after an advising mission at the Afghan National Army headquarters for the 203rd Corps in the province of Paktia of Afghanistan December 21, 2014.

As a forward-operating Army reconnaissance unit, consisting of dismounted soldiers and tactical vehicles, and hand-held drones, which were separated from the larger armoured formation, over rough terrain, and, unexpectedly, collided with a heavily-armed enemy fighters — and her continued existence would depend almost entirely on operational and tactical” war of the network.

This network must be resilient and mobile, in the middle of the darkness of war and work, a collection of hardened “nodes” are seamlessly integrated into a secure, inter-operable communication network. This may include radio, satellite, and mobile nodes, cyber systems, and a number of air-ground data links. Preparing for scenarios such as this, is the stirring and the basis for the Army’s current vision of a “mobile Integrated Tactical Network (ITN).

The Army is now preparing to go to the field, to ITN, to the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, as an experimental effort towards fielding the system in 2021.

An integrated, self-healing network of this kind, in fact, be distilled into a single fight, a goal — it’s to keep the soldiers alive. It should be a node that is to be destroyed by the enemy’s attack, it can easily be replaced by other elements in the network.


“ITN will allow the officers to choose out of a variety of communication options, such as military radios, military satellite communications, commercial cellular networks), depending on the environment,” Paul Meheny, Director of Communications, the Program Executive Office, C3T, said a Warrior in a written statement.

While many of the networks and the lessons that were learned during the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army’s leaders to stress that it is an integrated network, it is more necessary than ever, given the complex nature of the major opponents. In fact, the network backbone is, or what could even be referred to as a lifeline for the land-war forces plunged into a vast war against a great power adversary. It is with this in mind, the fact that the Army is now engaged in offering a wide range of live-fire drills to replicate the exact scenarios that the soldiers might see it in the second world war.

The technology is more developed than that of the control, the limitations in the plant, stove-piped, and a wide range of communication elements, and a part of the information to be in a war. With ITNS, and communication can now be more fully synergized to be more effective in a buoyant, mobile, war of the network. This is, among other things, it allows soldiers, combat vehicles, and fixed command and control centers, and even the air assets in a joint struggle for the full integration parts of of the the critical war information to you in real-time while you’re on the go.

For a number of years, the Army’s emerging network and battle command systems will be able to get a few of these to varying degrees. The Army’s ITN efforts, the desire to continue to build on this and make the transition to a new, ground-breaking step in the development of the network. For example, some of the existing systems, the Army’s plan to integrate with, build upon, and replace, equipped with a GPS-enabled, power-tracking technology, called the Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) software-programmable radio, and radios-satcom network called Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, a moving digital market based mapping system, called the Command Post of the Future, and an intelligence database, known as the Tactical Ground Reporting System, or TIGR.


Dr. Bruce Jette, Assistant Secretary of the Army — Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, recently told reporters that the Army’s emerging network to build upon, and does not take account of technologies have been proven over the last 15 years of the ground war.

“The capabilities that we have developed, and will be included in an operational environment have been the foundation of the WIN-T), using a combination of satellite and terrestrial communications, on various sizes of pipes and different sizes of server stacks in a variety of locations, so that we would be able to have a loss of connectivity, and yet still retain control over the data, and because of this things are connected to each other. All of which has been developed in a lot of what we have experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan…and now we have moved on and the opportunity to do,” he told reporters.

The promotion of a secure network, in this mode of operation, it is not without its problems, and the prospect of GPS interference, electronic warfare, jam, or cyber-attacks, it will ask to set up a network to fit into a” self-healing ” mode, the built-in redundancy, and the ability to shift from one communication system to another, as required. As the Army’s Acquisition Executive, in sint-jans-molenbeek, manages the Army’s effort to engineer a technical “interface” between the existing and new technologies to the ITN.

“It’s always difficult to be able to interact with other systems and, in particular, because we can always get rid of the legacy systems. We can’t just swap them out…you have to be to get them to work together. We are looking for backwards compatibility in a lot of approaches, just as we migrate from legacy systems to the new systems,” said Jette.


A lot of the current command-and-control architecture, the design and engineering of equipment for the upcoming ITN network, but it also has a number of limitations in the Army’s approach. Overall, Army developers are saying that the current computer systems must be able to work together more fully. For example, the JBC-P to provide critical friendly and enemy force location, the position of the data with the help of the icons at the top of a map. Later satellite pass-through is significantly reduced latency of the system, thus allowing it to renew it soon, as the soldiers ‘ on-the-move will be able to follow the fast-changing information.

What if the JBC-P is able to work together with a radio, a cell phone or computer networks with each other, in addition to relying on a GPS? What if it were seamless, connected with a different separate combat intelligence systems in real-time? What if it is to function fully as a node in a larger, integrated communication device (s)?

While some of this is happening to a limited extent, already are, in certain circumstances, the armed forces of the ITN is designed to ensure and advance a system to a whole new level of security, functionality, and lethality. For example, it is faster, seamless, and secure interface between the JBC-P and its companion, intelligence database, the TIGR, it would greatly enhance its operational effectiveness. TIGR’s database and the data moments of interest have been, or are at risk along a given path, with other critical intel. TIGR can inform the powers-on-the-move, where the previous attacks, say, it would have come into existence. Other features of some stovepiped networks, the nodes are airspace deconfliction, and a fire node, the name of the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS).

Coat of arms of the army and the developers are saying that much of today’s technology, it may eventually be replaced, but they are designed for those key tasks that are required for the real-time combat, attack, and defense. In particular, the sint-jans-molenbeek is intended to help both the ai and the current experiments with a software-programmable radio as well as key development areas for all of the information in the course of the ITN. In contrast to the armed forces of the earlier conducted the Joint Tactical Radio System, the soft approach is almost entirely different; it is based on the commercial networks, and a commercial wave-like shapes; the shift, in the early years, it has been the goal in order to keep pace with the rapidly emerging commercial applications that will keep pace with new technologies and new threats.


The Software-programmable radios, in particular, the new systems are referred to by the sint-jans-molenbeek, which can best be described as an essential combat advantage. Each radio can be used as its own router, or a node in an ad-hoc terrestrial network for the transmission of voice, data and even video with the help of a high-bandwidth waveforms. This gives you a combat advantage from the sharing of information across a cellular network that does not have that, you don’t have to rely on a fixed infrastructure. However, sometimes these networks can be limited by line-of-sight connections, and the like, a radio, and they emit a signature detectable by an enemy, or run the risk of being “locked-up or broken into.” The hardening of networks, such as this one, with the help of state-of-the-art, commercial, government, and technology such as the use of encryption, provides a two-fold benefit; it provides protection not only to the operational network, but also the sharing of sensitive information with different modes of transport, such as a satellite or mobile phone networks, as they are less at risk.

Sint-jans-molenbeek, also referred to AI as one of the focus areas in relation to the ITN’s development. The AI should be able to handle large amounts of data are sent as IP packets of information, traveling through high-bandwidth waveforms. As soon as the data arrives at the destination, the information needs to be in a lot of cases, it is to be decoded, organized, and processed for decision-makers to be informed of the rapidly changing combat dynamics. This may seem obvious, it is an area in which the evolution of the changes of the AI can be quite impressive. With the AI, and advanced algorithms, the incoming data can be directly compared to the rates on the existing data, to draw parallels, drilling, and organizing time-sensitive information. The more quickly managers receive the information processed, the more quickly they will be able to time-sensitive decision-making.

Diverse networks can also be used in order to better defend themselves against an ever-broader variety of means of attack, such as attempted cyber-attacks and Electronic Warfare. When it comes to the variety of the command-and-control nodes, and a corresponding need for the improvement of the protection of the modern physical sciences the attacks, the industry and the government and the developers to work with directional antennas are able to emit narrow beams in a predetermined direction, a distance from a location to the enemy, General Dynamics Mission Systems, and worked with a variety of a transport layer of communication systems, such as WIN-T.)

Due to a narrowing of the arteries, or to direct the signal beams, and a command-and-control-on-the-move, a-rays, a lot of less-detectable electronic signature. Of course, at the time that the device begins with the transmission of a signal, in general, it is possible to be detected by enemy sensors. This is one of the many reasons why it is an interoperable, multi-faceted network that can massively change the equation when it comes to how to increase the chances of survival in combat. For example, in a radio communication where it is too dangerous to become information which can then be directly transferred to other elements of the network, such as SatCom, cellular, or cyber-connectivity.


Finally, the most advanced of today’s networks can quickly become obsolete, or even useless, as they are not designed for further upgrading. Therefore, in the pursuit of the technical strategies are related to the often-overused term “open architecture” that the Army of developers with the help of the most advanced technologies to build systems, with the adoption of common standards, in such a way that they will be able to quickly to new technology.

When it comes to identifying the most important method for the rapid pace of technology advancement, as well as leaders from the Army’s point to one thing, the soldiers. Live-Fire demos, experiments, and war-fighting scenario in an attempt to exploit a soldier’s feedback as a way to prepare the grid for the first world war.


“The Army’s primary responsibility will always be with the soldiers in the battle. And that will never change. We will continue to focus on the many ways of experimenting with new technologies to be able to help out at the club,” Gene. John Murray, Commanding General of the Army of the Futures Contract, recently told reporters.

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