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Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Compete For Army Network Upgrade: CS 21

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Gone are the days of a stately, deliberate, laborious acquisition process in which the Army would plan out the future in detail before going to industry. “We’d almost always guess wrong,” said Maj. Gen. David Bassett. “Eventually we’d deliver yesterday’s technology tomorrow.”

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Army Wrestles With Testers Over Network Upgrades

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At issue is not just this particular program, but the much wider question of how a Pentagon testing apparatus designed for big industrial age programs can keep up with the much faster and more fluid upgrade cycles of information technology.

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Multi-Domain Networks: The Army, The Allies & AI

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Even with Australia, one of our closest allies, it can be hard to share data. And the Army’s future war plans require seamless network coordination with the other US services and foreign allies.

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Can’t Stop The Signal: Army Strips Down Network To Survive Major War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Unlike the Taliban, Russia and China can shoot down our drones, jam our transmissions, and hack our computers. So to prepare to fight them, we need a very different communications network — one the US Army is now studying how to build.

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Army Patches Its Network For Near Term

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The long-term solution may take “big, leap-ahead technology,” said Maj. Gen. Pete Gallagher, head of the Cross Functional Team leading the network overhaul. But short-term solutions can be as simple as replacing bulky metal antennas with inflatable ones or loading new software on an off-the-shelf Android phone.

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