Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT July-September 2015 Contents requirement in response to Soldier input
and feedback from the MCoE. The two-
channel capability will eliminate the
need for dismounted leaders to carry two
radios—a Rifleman running SRW and a
Multiband Inter/Intra-Team R adio that
uses the older SINCGARS waveform.
Another objective requirement for the
Rifleman Radio is a mounted configu-
ration, which will allow Soldiers to use
it in a vehicle in place of the two-chan-
nel Manpack Radio when only a single
channel networking SRW capability is
required for certain missions.
By partnering with other PEOs, PM
TR ma ximizes the effectiveness of radio
requirements in the NDI environment.
Working with PEO Ground Combat
Systems and PEO Combat Support and
Combat Ser vice Support, which inte-
grate the Manpack Radio onto their
vehicles, we have added a contractual
requirement for a universal mount. With
multiple vendors developing future itera-
tions of the Manpack Radio, a universal
mount will allow smoother integration
onto any vehicle.
As we structure requirements to incre-
mentally improve technology through
the radio marketplace, we know that
radios are just one piece of an inte-
grated battlefield net work. Several
components of this network—including
the radio hardware, waveforms, network
operations tools, mission-command
applications and ancillary items—need
to work together so Soldiers can com-
Until recently, however, requirements
for these components were developed
independently and were not always inte-
grated across the network. To eliminate
this stovepiped approach, TCM TR is
creating an integrated tactical network
environment (ITNE) information sys-
tem capability development document
(CDD) that will link all of the compo-
nents of the lower tactical Internet into
one overarching document. While each
component will continue to have its own
CPD with specific requirements, the
CPDs will link back to the ITNE CDD,
which will help close the seams between
these technologies and improve interop-
erability on the battlefield.
As an information system CDD, the
ITNE will also offer the flexibility to
change the capabilities over time as tech-
nology improves. The document goes
through the Joint Requirements Over-
sight Council approva l process once, a nd
then allows for subsequent upgrades
through incremental changes to hard-
ware and software.
The Army has successfully applied les-
sons learned from sof tware-defined radio
development, and is moving for ward with
a unified approach informed by feedback
from industry and the user community.
Through our partnership, we will continue
to incrementally evolve the requirements
and technologies to deliver Soldiers the
capabilities they need to communicate
today and in the future.
For more information, go to http://peoc3t.
army.mil/c3t/ or http://www.tradoc.
COL JAMES P. ROSS is the project
manager for tactical radios. He holds an
M.S . in procurement and acquisition
management from the Naval Postgraduate
School and a B.S . in economics from
the United States Military Academy at
West Point. He is a member of the Army
Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified
in contracting and program management.
MR. PAUL CHERNEK is the deputy TR A-
DOC capability manager for tactical radios.
He holds a B .S . in mechanical engineering
from Rutgers University and is a graduate
of the Army Management Staff College pro-
gram. He previously served as the deputy
TRADOC system/capability man-
ager for satellite communications,
formerly networks and services.
Author COL James P. Ross, PM Tactical Radios,
left, and COL Rob Collins, PM Distributed
Common Ground System – Army, second
from left, toured several units employing their
equipment, including MNVR, tested during the
Network Integration Evaluation at Fort Bliss,
TX. Accompanying them were GEN Daniel B.
Allyn, vice chief of staff of the Army, and then-
BG(P) John W. Charlton, commanding general,
Brigade Modernization Command. (Photo
courtesy of COL James P. Ross)
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