Army portable and interoperable waveforms provide mobile and ad hoc networking and network enterprise services to enhance tactical warfighting capabilities. Waveforms enable the Army’s tactical data radios to transmit voice and data across the battlespace.
Project Manager (PdM) Waveforms’ (WF) roadmap consist of two tracks:
Track 1 is ongoing, Government/ Government Off the Shelf (GOTS) waveform business development where with continued work on DoD waveforms such as modernizing Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) to mitigate near-, mid-, and far-term threats; working to transition Warrior Robust Enhanced Network (WREN); and working all the Unit Task Reorganization (UTR) capabilities to ease network complexity.
Track 2 consists of a waveform characterization strategy for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)/Non Developmental Item (NDI) waveforms. Following the Army’s renewed interest in COTS/NDI WFs to address immediate capability gaps and growth for the Army’s tactical communications portfolio, PdM WF is implementing the COTS / NDI WF process to identify, analyze, and characterize turn-key communications products available from industry. With this new strategy, PM TR is partnering with the Network CrossFunctional Team (N-CFT), Communications, Electronics, Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC), and PdM Handheld/ Link 16, Air to Ground, Multi Role (HAMMR) to identify promising communications and radio service solutions to make the Army’s tactical network more useable, survivable, flexible, and capable.
Solutions will be aligned to identified needs from the N-CFT and Project Manager Tactical Radios (PM TR) as the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) Office of Primary Responsibility tracked rigorously and reported in near-real time through a collaboration tool pilot implementation (a collaboration with Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC), and assessed for performance and Electronic Warfare (EW) / Cyber survivability in both lab and field environments.