The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and the Army's Future Combat System (FCS): Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Joint Tactical Radio System JTRS is a Department of Defense DoD program that would play a significant role in the U.S. Armys proposed Future Combat System FCS program. JTRS, envisioned as a family of software programmable radios, has been described as the backbone of the FCS and is intended to link the 18 manned and unmanned systems that would constitute FCS. Two JTRS sub-programs managed by the Army -- Cluster One and Cluster Five -- have experienced developmental difficulties, delays, and cost overruns that call into question their viability. This report will be updated on a periodic basis. This report reviews the history of the JTRS procurement current issues, including size and weight constraints and limited range, security, interoperability with legacy radio systems, Cluster One stop work order, JTRS alternatives,and Boeings retention of Cluster One contract experimentation and spin out one program restructuring program budget issues recent Congressional actions and issues for Congress, including the viability of the Cluster One Program, security, and JTRS alternatives. For a more detailed description of the FCS program, see CRS Report RL32888, The Armys Future Combat System FCS Background and Issues for Congress, by Andrew Feickert.
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