But complexities emerge as network support becomes crucial.
A U.S. Army captain radios a situation report during a raid on insurgents in Iraq. The U.S. Army is moving network technologies into the field as quickly as possible to support the warfighter while managing the implementation of its LandWarNet.
Fort Dix wirelessly reaches out to provide network connectivity to remote training areas.
A machine gunner takes aim on a Fort Dix training range. The base is implementing a wireless network that may connect ranges to the base network as early as this fall.
Redefined forces require a new approach to mobile communications.
At the heart of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Joint Network Node (JNN) system is its Ku-band satellite communications trailer. The 2.4-meter dish system features auto-erect, auto-acquire capabilities that enable users to establish satellite connectivity quickly.
New crop of IEEE 802 standards means more reach, more range and more roam to operate.
Emerging wireless standards will enable any person or object to act as a relay or access point to the network, creating more fluid, versatile communications on the battlefield.
Advanced technology, doctrine and infrastructure changes reflect service’s transition to network-centric warfare.
The U.S. Army is on the verge of deploying technologies that will enhance and extend the scope of information-based warfare by linking all echelons together. These devices and systems are part of a larger effort to assure future warfighters battlefield superiority.
Rapid reaction communicators downsize equipment to increase deployment capabilities and reduce fielding time.
The U.S. Army’s mobile signal brigade is moving at a faster pace with smaller, more capable hardware that can be deployed rapidly into a theater of operations. The increasing propensity for diverse missions set in foreign lands is impelling the requirement for comprehensive communications systems that can be established quickly in unfamiliar, or even hostile, settings.
Improved information sharing capabilities support various U.S. Army responsibilities.
The battlefield is emerging as a conglomeration of information systems that talk to each other, create a total picture and deliver pieces of a complex puzzle into a comprehensive knowledge base for mission commanders. Operations can vary from conflict to peacekeeping to humanitarian aid, but the requirements are the same—acquire as much information about the situation as possible so the best decisions can be made.
Army set to test planning, rehearsal system as part of wartime operations experiment.
En route airborne personnel soon may be able to send and receive vital information about the changing state of an operational landscape. A U.S. Army program aims to empower these forces to work with their home command to replan their mission if necessary.
Troops traveling to an operation could be in the air for many hours while the situation on the ground changes dramatically from what it was at the time of their departure. Ideally they should have a blow-by-blow account of what is going on as they approach the battlespace and have the ability to revise the operational plan quickly.
Flexible yet robust radio system’s capability keeps the lines of communication open.
Weapons-of-mass-destruction civil support teams, organized and trained to respond to domestic terrorist threats, will employ a leading-edge technology package that enables members to communicate under extremely unpredictable conditions. The groups are part of the U.S. Army National Guard and currently are in place in 10 states with 17 additional teams scheduled to form later this fiscal year.
Primary contracting agent ensures current, future combat readiness.
In the electronic ecosystem that is the modern-day battlespace, the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command interweaves the biological community with an abiotic environment. This unique role that the command has played during the last decade is part of the evolution of fighting forces. Its contributions to the inner workings of oftentimes dangerous environments continues as part of the revolution in the way warfighters and commanders carry out their duties. This transformation is far from over.
Program helps units maintain reach-back capability by monitoring bandwidth requirements.
The U.S. Defense Department is developing software that will allow commanders to quickly design, prepare for deployment, manage and monitor joint task force communications networks. Once connectivity is achieved, the platform-independent system will provide bandwidth management and information assurance capabilities.
The information technology community may be driving the land warriors of the next conflict.
The dominant agenda item in the U.S. Army is its ongoing transformation, and the dominant element in this transformation is the Army’s information systems. Empowered by new electronics technologies, these systems and their capabilities are defining the service’s configuration and missions.
U.S. military bases are increasing network bandwidth, communications capabilities.
The U.S. Army is modernizing the command and control infrastructure of its major facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia. Once complete, the new system will allow enhanced reach-back capabilities among front-line forces, sustaining bases, national and theater command assets.
Cutting-edge sonic equipment offers many military applications.
The U.S. Army may soon use high-intensity acoustics to disperse crowds, confuse enemy troops and covertly communicate. These experimental devices project highly focused beams of sound that can relay a message audible only to the individual singled out to receive it or can serve as a nonlethal weapon to disorient an adversary.
It’s not about outgunning the opposition–the first shot wins.
The U.S. Army is changing its combat philosophy to resemble more closely those of the other services. Instead of being the armored force that can absorb whatever an enemy hurls at it and respond in kind, the transformed Army will rely on advanced technologies to prevent an enemy from inflicting harm on U.S. forces. This new approach could include eluding adversaries and their weaponry, or striking first before the foe can bring its weapons to bear.
Warfighting, technology development go hand-in-hand.
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command is experiencing multitasking firsthand as it strives to empower the Army’s transformation while concurrently supporting combat operations half a world away. Fighting a war, developing new technologies, building in interoperability and assisting in homeland security all are part of the Fort Monmouth, New Jersey-based command’s mission.
The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division will take a different approach to its next rendezvous with destiny.
Apache helicopters from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) land at a remote airstrip. The division is one of the first to undergo an Army-wide transformation into a modular force.