Bridging the Capability Gap for Battle Command On-the-Move
BATTLE COMMAND BATTLE LAB FORT GORDON GA
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The U.S. Army recognizes their commanders lack adequate mobile command and control. This capability gap is based largely on lessons learned from ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interim bridging capabilities need to be inserted into the current Army force structure until objective systems can be fielded. However, since other Joint services have also voiced similar concerns for improving their mobile command and control systems, the Joint Systems Integration Center JSIC has been designated the Joint lead for the federated Joint Prototyping Battle Command On-the-Move BCOTM experiment program for fiscal year 2005. This experiment will investigate and evaluate emerging off-the-shelf technologies that can be rapidly adopted and inserted into Joint forces. This technology will focus particularly on improving the warfighters broadband network connectivity to better enable battle command applications to contribute to the commanders decision-making process while on the move. Modem technologies include direct sequence spread spectrum DSSS, multifrequency time division multiple access MF-TDMA, and frequency division multiple access FDMA that employ IP technologies such as Direct Video Broadcast, Paired Carrier Multiple Access PCMA, and slotted ALOHA. Antenna candidate systems that will be compared include new Ku-band parabolic satellite antennas apertures equal to or less than 24 inches. The Battle Command Battle Laboratory located at Fort Gordon, Georgia BCBL-G is the Armys lead in the Joint federated BCOTM prototype experiment. In this capacity, BCBL-Gs primary responsibility is to recommend to an Army acquisition Project Manager broadband satellite on-the-move alternative packaged with doctrine, training, manning, and maintenance strategies.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems