The U.S. Army is deploying new networking tools for Capability Set 21 as part of the service’s network modernization plan, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.
“We’ve recently conducted an operational test of the radio systems, and there is an ongoing force-on-force combat training center rotation. Many of those systems are being fielded today to our maneuver formations, and also to our expeditionary signal attires,” Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, director of the network cross-functional team at Army Futures Command (AFC), said at an Association of the United States Army event Tuesday.
One of the major elements of Capability Set 21 is the Integrated Tactical Network, which integrates new network transport capabilities and commercial components into the Army’s tactical network environment to provide more flexible and faster communications systems for maneuver brigades.
“We are looking to be much more resilient in our network backbone and have much better capacity in our in our transport,” Gallagher said. “We want to converge a lot of these legacy systems into a common data fabric and really accelerate the speed of decision making by integrating sensors, leveraging cloud and edge computing optimization. We want to ensure that we’ve got the data and the applications and the ability to integrate shooters or effects at speed."
He also offered updates on a design review for the next round of modernized network capabilities in 2023.
“We’re on the cusp of a preliminary design review for our Capability Set 23 over the course of the next month. Then we’re going to continue prototyping over the next year-and-a-half to really refine and converge on an approach for what Capability Set 23 will look like,” Gallagher said.