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William Nelson: Army’s New Capability Document to Help Inform Future Tactical Space Sensor Platform

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William Nelson
William Nelson CFT director Army Futures Command

William Nelson, director of the U.S. Army’s assured positioning, navigation and timing cross-functional team, said the branch seeks to accelerate experimentation and prototyping work on space-based sensors using a recently approved capability guide, C4ISRNET reported Saturday.

He noted that the Tactical Space Layer Abbreviated Capability Development Document will serve as a guide in efforts to shape technology requirements and create a path to transition the project to a program of record.

The Army is exploring methods to utilize sensors at different altitudes in a push to reduce the time it takes to gather and transmit satellite data to a weapon system, Nelson added.

The service cleared TSL A-CDD on April 20 to help inform the future application of commercial and government satellites in conjunction with military systems. Army organizations that supported the creation of the document include:

  • Long-Range Precision Fires CFT
  • Army Space and Missile Defense Command
  • Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors
  • Project Manager for Positioning, Navigation and Timing
  • Intelligence Center of Excellence
  • Fires Center of Excellence
  • Army G-2
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