Nett Warrior

August 23, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Sgt. Gabrielle Hurd, 237th Military Police Company, New Hampshire Army National Guard, shows her team the route they will take before embarking on an overnight hike to the summit of Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire, during an Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular Soldier Touchpoint in July. PEO-Soldier incorporates soldier feedback into the ENVG-B product and many others which helps the Army integrate the current needs of soldiers with the Army’s future, multidomain battlefield. Photo by Patrick Ferraris

Brig. Gen. Anthony “Tony” Potts, program executive officer (PEO)-soldier, recently signed a new standard for 256-bit encryption for individual soldier systems. That is an increase from 128-bit encryption.

And since beginning the job about 18 months ago, he has stopped the once-common practice in the PEO-Soldier shop of signing cybersecurity waivers for the individual soldier equipment being developed. Furthermore, he is building a “robust capability” Risk Management Framework, which essentially specifies security controls for a system that involves organizational risk.

February 1, 2019
By Lt. Col. Brandon Baer, USA; Lt. Col. Vince Morris, USA; and Kathryn Bailey
1st Lt. Zachary Johnson, USA (l), uses a Nett Warrior end-user device during air assault training as part of Exercise Saber Junction 2018 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. 1st Lt. Johnson is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, one of several units evaluating the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) during operational exercises to help inform design decisions for future Infantry, Stryker and Armor formations.  U.S. Army photo/Spc. Rolyn Kropf, USA

The U.S. Army’s current tactical network environment is not optimized to provide expeditionary, mobile, hardened or simple intuitive network capability under all conditions. Its full range of communication capabilities provides the communications backbone across all echelons, but if commanders face a disconnected intermittent limited situation such as during an electronic warfare attack, they must have the ability to turn to alternate communication methods or pathways.

This multipath diversity is especially critical during expeditionary, early entry, early phase operations when soldiers rely heavily on effective communications to initiate their missions before vehicles and other high-capability systems join the fight.

March 1, 2017
By Maj. (P) Martin Schmidt, USA
After receiving coordinates on the Nett Warrior system, U.S. soldiers from the 35th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, prepare to move out during a Network Integration Evaluation exercise.

The U.S. military faces a critical stage in establishing an effective and commanding position in the new technologically advanced environment of regional networking. Commanders and staff always are seeking the “next best” solution to attain supremacy over adversaries in the pivotal domains of command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or C5ISR.

Some of that effort is shouldered by the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), which began seeking out and quickly supplying cutting-edge materiel solutions during the early days of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq about 15 years ago. 

August 26, 2015
 

Augustine Consulting Inc., Monterey, California, was awarded a $9,790,387 cost-plus-fixed-fee, incrementally-funded contract with options for Nett Warrior software development, production and sustainment. Work will be performed in Eatontown, New Jersey, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 24, 2018.  One bid was solicited with one received.  Fiscal 2013-2015 research, development, testing and evaluation and other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $6,551,905 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-15-C-0025).

 

February 4, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

An "Army of One" may have been the Army's motto at one time, but now, new wireless technology under development could enable individual soldiers to carry a tactical operations center compactly on their backs. It will be muddy boots connectivity in motion, linking battlefield warriors and squad leaders alike. The Soldier Planning Interfaces and Networked Electronics (SPINE)  objective is one Army effort to continually modernize C4ISR.

January 10, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Soldiers involved in the January 6-February 19 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) will help decide what technologies will be used on the battlefield of tomorrow. The ninth annual exercise, Spiral I, incorporates more than 60 technologies in various stages of development, including Nett Warrior, unmanned aircraft and robotic ground vehicles, all of which are designed to help soldiers do one thing: perform their missions more effectively.