Europe

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
TERSO is the Spanish Ministry of Defense’s first software-defined radio (SDR) platform. It is a development system that will help the government create new waveforms and test new SDR equipment slated for use by the nation’s armed forces.
Research-oriented radio system opens door for future advanced tactical equipment.

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Taranis unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) is the largest unmanned aircraft developed by the United Kingdom. Designed for a high degree of autonomy, it will demonstrate capabilities for stealthy, long-duration, deep-penetration missions.
British unmanned combat aircraft demonstrator is designed for long-range missions with limited operator control.

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Finnish and German personnel check communications system configurations during exercise Combined Endeavor 2007. Finland is building a new military command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) infrastructure as it increases its participation in multinational operations.
An incremental pace hides dramatic changes.

September 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Swedish army vehicles move in a multinational convoy in the Mazar-e Sharif region of Afghanistan. In a shift from longtime policy, Swedish military forces are taking an active role in multinational operations far away from their homeland.
Generations of domestic defense give way to an out-of-area focus.

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Slovak army’s mobile military communications system (MOKYS) will link warfighters across all echelons. Mobile command posts will use high-data-rate digital radios to connect small tactical units with national headquarters.
Modern communications equipment allows a small nation to interoperate, cooperate with larger allied powers.

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2006
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Minister Bliznakov examines newly upgraded anti-aircraft defense equipment for Bulgaria. The former Warsaw Pact nation is modernizing its military to provide new capabilities for its new roles.
Modernization comes amid increasing security operations.

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The SatcomBw program will provide the German military with its first dedicated military satellite communications system and ground infrastructure.
New constellation and ground infrastructure keep far-flung troops in touch.

September 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A Royal Air Force Tornado drops flares during combat operations in Iraq. The United Kingdom’s Defence Communication Services Agency, or DCSA, provides communications connectivity down to the warfighter level.
A single all-encompassing defense agency leads the way to a single all-encompassing infrastructure.

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Bundeswehr’s NuKomBw messaging system will provide the German military with secure e-mail capabilities and will replace aging legacy equipment. NuKomBw features advanced security applications and remote management and diagnostic capabilities.
New network replaces legacy equipment, provides enhanced security.

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

September 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Newly consolidated acquisition group also given mandate for development, implementation of information technologies.

Germany has accelerated a longtime move toward acquisition reform by consolidating diverse activities in its main procurement agency. These changes have been driven largely by Germany’s new security mission and by the need to incorporate substantial amounts of high technology into hardware and doctrine.

September 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

The military’s high-technology challenges are now the commercial defense community’s challenges.

Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, other barriers are crumbling within the German defense community. The private sector is playing a key role in convincing the military to abandon its old ways of doing business and adapt to the dynamism of the information age.

Interoperability remains a quest as stratified long-term stovepipe systems defy easy interconnection. Burgeoning information systems mandate effective security solutions throughout the infrastructure. And, multiple generations of new technologies appear during the lifetime of a single acquisition program.

September 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Traditional defense contractors assimilate off-the-shelf electronics to link combatants in theater operations.

Defense electronics contractors are going commercial in a bid to equip the United Kingdom with a rapidly deployable battlefield communications network. The country’s Ministry of Defence is seeking a commercial off-the-shelf solution that is low-risk, easy to enhance and ready for deployment in about two years.

September 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Innovative methods include imports from the United States, shortened timelines, and newly empowered decision makers.

The United Kingdom is implementing acquisition reforms designed to produce less costly military systems faster and more effectively. These choice program innovations are being applied across the entire spectrum of defense purchases as the country revamps its procurement process for changing missions in a changing time.

September 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

No longer the front line of defense, alliance militaries welcome additional members, train for out-of-area tasks.

The Allied Forces Central Europe Command, once a bastion of Western Europe’s defensive line, is reinventing itself to serve as a key element in alliance operations outside its area of responsibility. It is consolidating with another regional command, incorporating two of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s newest members into its structure, and preparing to serve as a parent headquarters to other alliance commands.

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