November 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

SOFs climb aboard a small submersible that affords covert transportation from a submarine to a landing zone.
Proposed experiment explores connectivity between submarines and special operations forces.

May 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

March 2008
By Rita Boland

Soldiers from the North Carolina Army National Guard 252nd Combined Arms Battalion take part in an augmented cognition system evaluation at the Aberdeen Test Center. Program officials examined the viability of a wearable sensor system to assess soldiers’ cognitive states on the battlefield.
Research into warfighter cognition could save lives in combat and apply to multiple programs.

September 2007
By Maryann Lawlor

The Naval Network and Space Operations Command in San Diego was the second U.S. Navy organization to be part of the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).
As final NMCI seats are placed, Navy and contractor share views on pros and cons, ups and downs.

July 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

June 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

A U.S. Air Force electronic warfare (EW) officer eyes a display aboard a Rivet Joint aircraft flying over Southwest Asia. The U.S. Army is tapping EW expertise from the Air Force and the U.S. Navy to develop its own EW capability, which already is having an effect on operations in Iraq.
Needs drive requirements as other services contribute expertise.

May 2007
By Rita Boland

The Pocket-sized Forward Entry Device (PFED) makes digital much of the work forward observers previously performed manually and with voice communications. The system runs Windows CE on a rugged personal digital assistant (PDA).
Upgrades improve precision, integrate new capabilities.

April 2007
By Robert Ducote and Penney Myer

The box and attached dome near the front of this Pakistani ship is a flyaway kit, which provides basic coalition network and voice connectivity.
Multinational partnerships depend on responsive information flow and quickly deployable secure infrastructures.

August 2005
By Jeff Hawk

Defense agency’s new approach avoids playing into the adversary’s hand.

June 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

Januayr 1999
By Mark H. Kagan

Despite a flat budget line forecast through 2003, departmentwide opportunities still abound.

Overall funding for programs in the U.S. military command, control, communications, computers and intelligence market is projected to remain relatively unchanged through fiscal year 2003, according to a new study. Spending is expected to only rise from $7.06 billion in fiscal year 1996 to $7.07 billion in fiscal year 2003. However, total funding for programs in the defensewide support systems market segment, comprising operational space systems and associated activities, is projected to rise strongly during this period.

May 2005
By Capt. John S. Transue, USA

Staff Sgt. Terrance Toppin, USA (l), cable section supervisor, and Sgt. 1st Class Demetrial Houston, USA, cable platoon sergeant, both with the 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, check the conduit system near Camp Liberty before engineers backfill the trenches.
13th Signal Battalion delivers familiar tools to combat environment.

April 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

The future of tactical military communications with full interoperability may be up in the air.

The Defense Department is striving to link its diverse battlefield communications through a single system based on an airborne platform. This system would be capable of providing connectivity among radio and cellular telephony users while loitering over a theater of operations, and its capabilities could also be applied to intelligence collection and dissemination.

May 1999
By Mark H. Kagan

Communications on demand are available with innovative devices that can descend to deeper waters.

New versions of handheld tactical radios offer secure links, improved portability and the ability to function after being submerged in up to 20 meters (66 feet) of fresh or salt water. Special operations forces equipped with these radios can travel lighter and be in touch as soon as they get out of the water, instead of having to stop, unpack and hook up their radios.

June 1999
By Fred V. Reed

Experiments underway could be the key to overcoming conflict on city battlefields.

Urban warfare concepts are receiving increased scrutiny through a series of U.S. Marine Corps experiments aimed at preparing the Corps for likely future missions. Participants in these experiments are studying the problems of urban conflicts and are identifying and developing new tactics, techniques, procedures and technologies that could prove useful on an urban battlefield.

July 1999
By Edward J. Walsh

Technologies once facing obsolescence now find complementary roles in new systems.

The Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Navy’s primary in-house facility for basic and applied research, is taking a leading role in the development of advanced applications of both solid-state semiconductor devices and vacuum electronics—two technologies widely thought to be heading in opposite directions.

August 1999
By Henry S. Kenyon

A combination of line-of-sight and satellite frequencies provides enhanced versatility and interoperability

A new military radio incorporates the capabilities of several different units in a single package. Offering flexible and secure communications in a variety of bands, the lightweight, manportable unit also features an all-digital architecture, allowing for software upgrades and advanced power management.

August 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new situational awareness system aids staff officers in intelligence, operations and planning.

Monitoring force status, planning campaigns and disseminating orders soon may take minutes instead of hours as the British Army implements a new command support system. Its two-dimensional map display and manipulation features graphic task organization, drag-and-drop document and message handling, operational log keeping, extensive database reference, and task planning and management. A mouse would be used as a primary interface to activate functions or show whatever is desired on top of displayed mapping.

September 1999
By Clarence A. Robinson, Jr.

Focus of U.S. Army’s approach encompasses vulnerabilities and opportunities presented by information dependence.

Moving rapidly to gain information dominance on the battlefield, the U.S. Army will fully equip and deploy a digitized division by next year. This continuing quest for information dominance and situational awareness also calls for outfitting a fully digitized Army corps by 2004.