Sgt. Victor Sanchez, a fire direction coordinator assigned to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Artillery Regiment, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard, operates an advanced field artillery tactical data system to calculate aiming data to relay to the howitzer teams during an air assault artillery raid on Fort Drum, N.Y. on June 9, 2017. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector)

Army divesting cyber situational awareness program

The program's requirements and mission will be spread elsewhere within the Army.
U.S. Soldiers of the 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Baltimore, Maryland, assemble an OE254 Radio antenna for communication on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, June 21, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Washington)

Army sets sights on flexible contracting, adaptable network

The Army is looking at more flexible buying models to be able to inject new technologies and pivot rapidly to address emerging tech and threats.
Tactical radios are driving force behind the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) suite of communications and networking hardware and software that provides voice and data communication capabilities to tactical units, and were employed by the 25th Infantry Division throughout the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) 24-01 exercise, held at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in November 2023. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army/Sam Brooks)

A division got to test the Army’s upgraded network gear

For the first time, a division got to experiment with the Army's Integrated Tactical Network.
Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR) conduct dismounted operations during Dragoon Ready 2023 using the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) capabilities, which include 2-channel Leader and Manpack radios, single channel radios, and Nett Warrior end-user devices for communications with personnel in the Strykers and command post. The event served as the second ITN operational testing event (Ops Demo Phase II) for Capability Set (CS) 23 (Photo Credit: Sgt. Rebecca Call)

Army wants to ‘reimagine’ electromagnetic signature management

The Army wants to introduce more obfuscation and deception for its units and command posts to "hide in plain sight" in the spectrum, according to top officials.
U.S. Army Specialist Melvin Robertson, a signal support systems specialist, attached to Task Force Wolfhound participates in electronic warfare training in Djibouti, Africa on Feb. 9, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph P. LeVeille)

Army eyeing more frequent iterative development for its tactical network

While the Army is moving away from its capability set nomenclature, it will still be providing capabilities to units on an iterative basis, albeit, more frequently and…
A group of U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to Charlie (Cold Steel) Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, along with Australian Defense Force (ADF) Soldiers takes a knee while on their way to an objective for a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise during Exercise Super Garuda Shield 2023, at the 5th Marine Combat Training Center, Puslatpur, Indonesia., Sept. 11, 2023. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Sgt. 1st Class Austin Berner)

Continued network experimentation informing future Army priorities with an eye on 2030

The Army is taking network equipment to the Pacific for experimentation after years of tests with Europe-focused units.
A Bradley Fighting Vehicle assigned to the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Infantry Division prepares to breech the defenses of a checkpoint during a training exercise at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, California, August 11, 2022. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Kenneth Barnet)

Army planning another on-the-move comms pilot for armored units

The pilot will take place next year and test best-of-breed technologies.