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Army Radios Get Low Marks From DOTE

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


From handheld radios to high-tech headquarters, the Army’s top priority is what it calls the network. That’s not one project but a whole array of programs, each complex on its own. They all are supposed to interconnect so it’s no surprise that the Pentagon’s top tester has found plenty of problems. What is surprising in… Keep reading →

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Not So Fast, Senator Schumer: Army Responds On Radio Competition

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The battle to build the Army’s portable radios has seen more than its share of skullduggery over the last two years. A 2-star general rebuked a contractor in public. Established vendors General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins lobbied Congress to keep potential competitors out. Rochester, NY-based Harris, the up and coming upstart, throws sharp elbows in… Keep reading →

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Radio Wars: Will Production Halt Force Army To Play Radio Shell Game?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED with comments from Army generals] WASHINGTON: In the latest battle over Army radios, defense industry giant General Dynamics is beating the war drums once again. If the Pentagon doesn’t issue a new contract for backpack-sized “Manpack” radios soon, GD warns, they and co-supplier Rockwell Collins will complete the current lot by the year’s end — a… Keep reading →

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Radio Wars: General Dynamics Strikes Back

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Defense contractor General Dynamics has taken hits from the Army, from the Pentagon’s independent Director of Operational Test & Evaluation and from us about its role in the troubled Joint Tactical Radio Systems program. Now, in an interview this morning, the president of GDC4S (that’s General Dynamics Command, Control, Communications, & Computer Systems), Chris Marzilli,… Keep reading →

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First Secure Data On Move Transmission Via MUOS

Posted by Colin Clark on


Lockheed’s #MUOS sat has done first operational transmission of secure data on move to Manpack radio. 20K terminals to go. Big tactical info @colinclarkaol

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