18 April 2015

Army expands enroute communications

Amber Corrin
April 13, 2015 

The Army is rolling out capabilities that will maintain soldiers' connectivity from home station, enroute and into the theater, according to MG Daniel Hughes, Army program executive officer for command, control, communications-tactical.

"It's critical that we make that effort to make sure our soldiers can operate at home like they do in field," and vice versa, Hughes said April 7 at the C4ISR & Networks Conference in Arlington, Virginia. "The en-route mission command is something that's coming to fruition right now."

Those capabilities are being deployed on an ongoing basis, starting with 75 units that will receive an array of technologies to keep them connected, including elements of the command post computing environment, the mounted computing environment and the Joint Battle Command-Platform. That includes interfaces for displaying digital information and functions, such as logistics, intelligence and airspace management and maneuvers – that can be through radios, mapping applications, chat rooms and other capabilities.

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