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In October, the Army will do something it’s wanted to do for more than a decade: send a pair of combat brigades to a warzone equipped with a new data network, and the hardware to operate it. It’ll let more than a thousand troops rapidly send voice, text, imagery and data across a warzone and to a soldier on patrol. It’s a milestone, following years of aspirations, setbacks and adjustments. And it arrives pretty much too late for the wars.
When the 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the 10th Mountain Division reach Afghanistan in October, between 1,200 and 1,400 soldiers will take with them a rejiggered Motorola Atrix running Android that’s the heart of a communications program called Nett Warrior. When they go out on patrol, their devices will load mapping applications layered with data about where they are and where their buddies are. When they encounter insurgents, homemade bombs or Afghan civilians, they’ll be able to record that information, which will appear on those digital maps as icons dotting layers of data.
» via Wired
One of the most disruptive men in the sprawling U.S. spy community, someone who turned the military’s elite killers into top spies, will likely soon be in charge of all military intelligence.
The Pentagon on Tuesday nominated Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S.’ central military-intel hive. That might not go over so well with many responsible for battlefield intelligence. The first time most people outside of the shadows heard of Flynn, he was loudly complaining that military intelligence in Afghanistan sucked.
» via Wired
The most important element of the Army’s effort to modernize itself doesn’t shoot. You can’t ride in it. You can’t wear it for protection against homemade bombs. And it doesn’t spy on an enemy. You transmit data on it.
“The network,” says Lt. Gen. William Phillips, the Army’s acquisitions chief, “is our number one program going forward.”
Yes, a data network for dismounted soldiers. Since the war in Afghanistan began, officers have been frustrated by the difficulties in sharing timely, relevant tactical information with small units and infantrymen.
» via Wired
Network warfare, cyber security and the illegal release and posting of classified information on the internet are all hot topics in recent news headlines — topics which the government, and more importantly its military, take seriously.
The nature of that seriousness is evident with the Army’s recent activation of its first computer network operations brigade.
With an urgent insistence and tremendous help from the National Security Agency, Department of Defense and U.S. Cyber Command, Army and Congressional staff, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command created the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade to support U.S. and Army Cyber Commands with their missions to provide a proactive cyber defense.
» via U.S. Army
When it comes to electronic warfare, the Army’s longtime focus has been roadside bombs and jamming the signals that trigger them. But now the Army is readying to go on the attack.
Col. Jim Ekvall, chief of the Army’s Electronic Warfare Division, said the service is developing its Integrated Electronic Warfare System, a family of technologies that will include the ability to attack and disrupt the enemy’s command, control and communications capabilities.
» via Army Times
The eArmyU civilian education option that has provided distance learning support services to 64,000 soldiers over the past decade will be shuttered next year.
The 1,429 soldiers enrolled in the program today may continue to register for eArmyU courses until March 31, 2012 even if a course runs past the shutdown date.
» via Army Times
Instead of using wood and metal models, the soldier of the future will train in a virtual reality world that essentially mixes “Call of Duty” with “Star Trek’s” holodeck. Such immersion offers more flexibility compared to live training exercises based on physical mock-ups that can’t replicate the danger of live bullets or artillery explosions, said John Foster, assistant project manager for the U.S. Army’s Close Combat Tactical Trainer. It also delivers a more realistic training experience compared with the Army’s existing game simulations, where soldiers use a keyboard and a mouse on a computer.
» via Live Science