☷Army engineers evaluate automation protection capabilities during annual experiment
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Sgt . Corey O . Burrell tests the Squad Area Network capability during the Network Modernization Experiment taking place at Joint Base McGuire - Dix - Lakehurst , N . J . , Sept . 10 , 2020 . The Network Modernization Experiment is held annually and serves as an opportunity to take technologies that are still maturing out of the lab as early as possible and into a fail - safe environment for assessment . ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND , Md . ( May 2 , 2022 ) – The Army is evaluating technologies that enhance automation and protection during its annual field experimentation event this summer . Engineers of the Command , Control , Communications , Computers , Cyber , Intelligence , Surveillance and Reconnaissance ( C5ISR ) Center – part of Army Future Command’s Combat Capabilities Development Command – are headed out to an operationally - relevant , field - based environment to prove out capabilities that are currently in development . “The Network Modernization Experiment is a great opportunity for science and technology projects to mature as engineers exercise their capabilities outside of the lab in a safe - to - fail environment , ” said Noah Weston , the C5ISR Center’s Chief of Future Capabilities . The Network Modernization Experiment , or NetModX , is a part of the C5ISR Center’s commitment to foster a culture of continuous experimentation and learning to help shape and achieve Army modernization objectives . The experiment , which will take place over a span of nine weeks , enables the maturation of science and technology ( S&T ) development , partnership with industry on new capabilities , and informs project managers on technical gaps and challenges . According to Joe Saldiveri , NetModX project lead and C5ISR Center engineer , every iteration of the event has its own unique set of new and returning , forward - looking participant technologies as the Army’s modernization priorities adapt to align to “projected needs of real - world situations . ” “There are many lessons learned within returning participants that we will experiment upon to verify that maturity has occurred so that decision makers can make informed choices about programmatic direction , ” he said . Lessons learned from NetModX 22 will directly inform concepts , prototyping and integration phases for future capability sets – a collection of capability enhancements informed by experimentation , demonstration and direct Soldier feedback . According to Don Coulter , science and technology advisor for the Network Cross - Functional Team ( N - CFT ) , the N - CFT is looking to assess the technologies as they relate to "furthering the objective state of the network . ” “The Army modernization community gains significant value from NetModX where we can push the limits of a data - centric network without the constraints usually associated with other non - network - focused events , ” he said . This year , some participating technologies will run their experimentation using a Live Virtual and Constructive ( LVC ) pilot experiment which will explore how experimentation can look like in a distributed environment . Using the Combined Joint Systems Integration Laboratory and the C5ISR Center Ground Activity , C5ISR Center engineers will weave together live , constructive and virtual modalities to explore a more integrated approach to experimentation . “The ability to tie in virtual applications and constructive units to the overall architecture during field experiments without having to put boots , systems and supporting infrastructure on the ground , will create a seamless environment , bridging modeling and simulation and lab - and field - based risk reduction , ” Weston said . “This integrated experimentation method will enable the C5ISR Center and the greater Department of Defense S&T community to explore concepts earlier in the process , allowing engineers to identify challenges and work with stakeholders to turn recommendations into focused S&T efforts . ” - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The C5ISR Center is the Army’s applied research and advanced technology development center for C5ISR capabilities . As the Army’s primary integrator of C5ISR technologies and systems , the center develops and matures capabilities that support all six Army modernization priorities , enabling information dominance and tactical overmatch for the joint warfighter . The C5ISR Center is an element of the U . S . Army Combat Capabilities Development Command ( DEVCOM ) . Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies , DEVCOM leads in the discovery , development and delivery of the technology - based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation’s wars and come home safely . DEVCOM is a major subordinate command of the U . S . Army Futures Command .
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