Who We Are

Major General David G. Bassett

Program Executive Officer

Major General David G. Bassett

Joe Welch

Deputy Program Executive Officer

Joseph Welch

Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) develops, acquires, fields and supports the Army’s tactical network, a critical modernization priority. PEO C3T delivers the hardware and software required to provide Army formations with an expeditionary, mobile, simple to use and hardened tactical network.

PEO C3T is supporting the Army’s new network modernization strategy with a  commitment  to deliver a tactical network that ensures the Army, with Unified Action partners, can prepare for war and fight and win against any adversary in the most challenging contested and congested electromagnetic spectrum and cyber environments. The end-to-end tactical modernization approach is designed to integrate unified network transport, shared data and services including the servers and hardware, and a set of applications and network management tools built upon a common, open, and modular soft- ware framework.

PEO C3T manages more than 53 key acquisition programs executing more than $2 billion annually with a workforce of more than 1600 employees. The organization provides operational units with radios, computers, servers, apps, and other hardware and software required for their missions, while also integrating those systems to function as cohesive capability sets. In FY18 the PEO modernized 285 Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard units with updated network technology. Units included Brigade Combat Teams, Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) and signal, logistics, aviation and support elements.

Centered upon the proven industry practice of developmental operations (DevOps), the modernization strategy is placing developer’s side-by-side with Soldiers and commanders in operational units. DevOps enables the Army to evaluate potential technology concepts and solutions earlier  and  more  frequently, incorporating real-time operational feedback and generating requirements that enable and empower innovation. Over the past year, PEO C3T has used the DevOps construct to better assess the baseline tactical network, introduce new network enhancement alternatives and gather Soldier-informed feedback and technical data.

PEO C3T is working closely with the Network Cross Functional Team (N-CFT) to modernize the network across four lines of effort: Unified Network Transport; Common Operating Environment; Joint Force and Coalition Interoperability; and Command Post Mobility and Survivability. Key Army network modernization efforts include fielding standard mission command hardware and software across all component formations, accelerated fielding of the Joint Battle Command Platform mounted situational awareness and communications system, fielding advanced tactical data radios and modernizing the satellite communications systems.

PEO C3T, with the N-CFT, is incorporating new commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and transport capabilities to enable network communications in disconnected, intermittent and limited bandwidth (DIL) network transport environments. This effort, termed the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), provides a simplified, independent, mobile network solution that is available down to the small-unit dismounted leader to facilitate mission command, situational awareness and air-to-ground integration. ITN will provide commanders with resilient communications that are part of their Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency (PACE) communications plan.

Commercial cellular networks are other options under consideration as part of a PACE plan. Commercial standards such as 4G/LTE and Wi-Fi, while not currently hardened against the kind of full spectrum Electronic Warfare (EW) environment envisioned, are  being  adapted to supplement and thicken the network and decrease the time it takes to get command posts up and running. Emerging commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) constellations promising high bandwidth anywhere across the globe are another key element of the modernization vision.

In addition to EW threats, defense against cyber-attack and intrusion remains a critical underpinning of the strategy. Recently the Army established new program efforts including cyber situational understanding (Cyber SU) to aid operational units’ understanding of the tactical network threat environment.

Moving forward, experiments and evaluations will focus on driving network design changes across Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs), Infantry, Stryker and Armor Brigade Combat Teams, and tailoring the network and command post configurations to the unique needs of each formation. The output of these efforts will continue to generate informed net- work capability requirements, while enabling the Army and its industry partners to evolve the network at the pace of warfighter demands and commercial innovation and to meet emerging threats.