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intuitive, autonomous solutions to ensure overmatch for future
Hands-free technologies specifically align with missions on-the-
move—not just as a convenience, but for when Soldiers may be
fighting for their lives.
CERDEC’s Single Multimodal Android Service for Human
Computer Interaction (SMASH) application is a lightweight
software solution that enables voice interaction with mission
command capabilities. This entirely government-owned app
gives mounted and dismounted Soldiers the ability to traverse
treacherous environments and speak commands such as “display
overlays” or “move map to the right” without looking away or
putting down a weapon.
The SMASH prototype is currently integrated into a Soldier-
worn heads-up display developed within CERDEC’s Night
Vision organization, and is under evaluation within the PEO for
Soldier as a capability integrated into the Nett Warrior device.
Planned enhancements include speech-to-text capability, which
would allow the Soldier to create a text message using his or
her voice, and gesture- and eye-tracking interaction for envi-
ronments not suitable for traditional mouse and keyboard
DECISION-MAKING MADE QUICK
CERDEC is also exploring predictive mission recommendations
that automate the Army’s military decision-making process in the
same way that TurboTax automates personal income tax prepa-
ration. The Automated Planning Framework prototype features
a workflow that allows commanders and staff, co-located or dis-
persed, to run through the decision-making process to analyze
courses of action for maneuvers, logistics, fires, intelligence and
other warfighting functions.
Commanders and staff can click on the steps and tasks with
the process and receive graphics embedded with Army doctrinal
data, a common frame of reference for military decision-mak-
ing, to plan their actions. Without an automated capability,
commanders must read through warning and operation orders
and manually map the information against graphics. Streamlin-
ing these steps promises to speed up the commander’s decision
cycle in planning the battle.
A partnership between CERDEC and PEO C3T eventually will
bring the Automated Planning Framework out of the laboratory
and into the field, where it will become an application that rides
on the Command Post Computing Environment (CP CE) user
interface. CP CE v3 will begin to provide an integrated mission
command capability with a common look and feel across the
command post, its platforms and echelons.
A new adage regarding expeditionary forces says that “if you are
any where for longer than 30 minutes, you are dead.”
For this reason, the modern command post will no longer be a
post, or a complex, at all. Instead, it will encompass an array of
flexible and expeditionary capabilities that allow the commander
to command seamlessly from any where and make decisions at
the speed of battle.
CERDEC will continue to develop expeditionary command
post technology demonstrators that are operationally relevant
and can be transitioned to Soldiers quickly. Achieving over-
match on the battlefield will be complicated, but mobile and
agile capabilities will help U.S. and coalition forces survive and
For more information, go to www.cerdec.army.mil.
MS. LISA HEIDELBERG is a division chief with CERDEC’s
Command, Power and Integration (CP&I) Directorate. She holds
an M.S . in software engineering from Monmouth College and a
B.S . in computer science from The College of New Jersey. She is
Level III certified in engineering and program management.
MS. KATHRYN BAILEY is the public communications adviser for
Decision Engineering Inc., assigned to CERDEC’s CP&I Director-
ate. She holds a B.A . in communications from the University of
Maryland University College.
Large, fixed buildings and tents are giving way to flexible,
intelligent and on-the-move command post capabilities.
Army AL&T Magazine
April - June 2018
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