Communications

August 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The LightSpeed system converts optical equipment such as this U.S. Navy Big Eyes shipboard binocular system into communications devices. An add-on eyepiece attachment allows Big Eyes and other types of binoculars to transmit voice, video and data to another LightSpeed system.
Inexpensive, diode-based equipment permits covert transmissions for a variety of operations.

February 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The QuicLINK system is a lightweight cellular communications package designed for ease of use. Its equipment consists of a server housed in a rugged laptop and a radio node. The node can be mounted in a vehicle or carried by two people.
Adaptable nodes self-configure and carry data to the foxhole.

December 2005
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

November 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

July 2005
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

 
One of three Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellites operating in geosynchronous orbit is depicted in an artist’s concept. Note the hexagonal gold patches on the earth-pointing deck that houses electronic phase shifters for agile phased array antennas.
Orbiting digital switchboard responds directly to combat signals using onboard processors.

March 1999
By Mark H. Kagan

Troops learn that new gear is not their father’s single channel ground and airborne radio system anymore.

Technology advances have transformed a longstanding U.S. Army radio system into a new device that barely resembles its progenitor. Features such as position location and tactical internet access promise to change the way Army forces operate on the battlefield, and other improvements in the pipeline may change the nature of the communication system.

May 2005
By Capt. James Lowery, USMC, and Capt. Jillian Klug, USA

April 1999
By Mark H. Kagan

Interoperability needs, advancing frequency requirements drive latest radio designs.

The advent of increasingly sophisticated threat organizations as well as the need to interoperate with technologically mature militaries are impelling many nations to acquire highly capable communications systems that are available from only a few sources. One system, the PRC2100V Spectre V, is the latest in a series of tactical voice and data communications systems and was designed primarily for use by countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as in emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

May 1999
By Maryann Lawlor and Michelle L. Hankins

Top to bottom overhaul replaces hodgepodge of systems with state-of-the-art, coordinated technology plan

Unity and simplicity are moving to the Pentagon. After more than 50 years of accumulating individual communications technologies to meet information distribution needs, the military headquarters is following the lead of its individual services and is well on its way, on time and on budget, to creating a joint and integrated information technology system.

June 1999
By Maryann Lawlor

Live video capabilities engaged by military intelligence units add to public safety arsenal for crime fighting, crowd control.

Military units and law enforcement personnel are employing the latest in integrated technology and real-time video transmission to conduct operations ranging from narcotics trafficking interdiction to search and rescue efforts. These mature yet evolving systems, used for several years to monitor the jungles of South America, are wending their way to new applications on the streets of Washington, D.C.

September 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence is teaming with industry for more than mere cost-effectiveness.

A telecommunications company is seeking to lead the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence into the information age with its own information technology experience. Beginning with converting the British military’s communications system to a commercial enterprise, the company is extending its menu of services and systems to fit a governmentwide approach to information access.

December 1999
By Michelle L. Hankins

Global service can be customized to offer mobile office capabilities and connect decision makers to on-site incident response teams.

April 2005
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

April 2005
By Maryann Lawlor

July 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Program targets voice, data compression methods to increase tactical battlefield systems’ bandwidth capacity.

March 2005
By Maryann Lawlor

September 2000
By Clarence A. Robinson, Jr.

Classic encounter looms between a shrewd Israeli company and larger challengers over Finland’s army radios.

A David and Goliath rematch is shaping up in Northern Europe over the next few weeks. This time, however, there are several Goliaths, and no one will be using a sling. All opponents are armed equally with the latest technological advances, and the contest is in one of the giants’ own backyards. Two other titans wait in the wings.

September 2000
By Clarence A. Robinson, Jr.

Tactical internet affords immediate battlefield picture to commanders using new multiband, multirole radios.

The Turkish army is conducting field trials with a new broad bandwidth, wide-area digital battlefield communications system. This prototype system is designed to provide a common picture of the battlefield in near real time, sharing multimedia information among and between operating systems.

February 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Expeditionary Tactical Communications System (ETCS) will provide U.S. Marines in Iraq and the Horn of Africa with a secure voice and messaging system. The ETCS uses the Iridium satellite network to connect warfighters with other units up to 200 nautical miles away.

New applications keep Marine units in touch and on the move.

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