Army Outlines Integrated Communications Network Development for 2020

The U.S. Army Network Cross Functional Team plans to purchase equipment and begin operations supporting branch efforts to  develop an integrated tactical network by 2020, FCW reported Thursday. The network will combine computer, satellite and radio capabilities to form a streamlined and mobile battlefield network.

Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, head of the cross functional team, said the Army wants to assess and field equipment before providing deliverables to brigade units by 2021. The Army will work on four capability sets which include satellite communications, cloud technology, anti-jamming weapons, automated units and multi-domain systems.

The service branch is currently conducting experiments with European units ahead of a potential full network modernization by 2028.

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