Ryan McCarthy: Army Tactical Network Review Would Take 2 Years

blankActing U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has said that the Army would take at least two years to identify a new battlefield communications network that will replace the service branch’s existing systems, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

McCarthy told reporters Wednesday that the Army has formed a Cross-Functional Team to reboot its network architecture and provide recommendations in 2019 to influence the 2020 budget request.

He advised the network-focused CFT and seven other CFTs addressing various Army priorities to “take every opportunity” to assess and buy commercial off-the-shelf technologies.

As part of a new strategy, the Army plans to immediately stop programs that would not be able to withstand cyber and electronic attacks on a mobile battlefield as well as fix systems that can be updated to survive such conditions.

The Army ultimately aims to migrate to a coherent network architecture, the report said.

The military branch decided to stop the procurement of its current Warfighter Integrated Network – Tactical program in fiscal year 2018 because the battlefield communications system does not meet future warfighting requirements.

You may also be interested in...

Dr. Stacey Dixon

NGA to Increase Opportunities for Neurodiverse Workforce; Dr. Stacey Dixon Quoted

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will strive to increase workforce opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. NGA launched its Neurodiverse Federal Workforce pilot program in Dec. 2020. The agency will foster partnerships with MITRE and Melwood to provide jobs for people with disabilities. "NGA mission success is contingent on a world-class workforce with a wide diversity of opinions and expertise,” NGA deputy director and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Dr. Stacey Dixon

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *