The Army’s C4ISR Center of Excellence

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is the Army's C4ISR Center of Excellence. | U.S. Army photo

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – More than 7,500 skilled professionals at APG directly support the verification, accreditation and integration of network and cyber systems into a unified, functioning and secure Army and Joint network.

Located at APG, the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or C4ISR, Center of Excellence provides complete life cycle management for the Army’s portfolio of communications, intelligence, cyber and electronics equipment. APG organizations develop, manage procurement efforts, field and sustain the Army’s tactical network systems and intelligence gathering and analysis tools.

APG’s C4ISR campus is home to the Army’s state-of-the-art C4ISR research and integration laboratories and facilities. Each play a critical role in validating capabilities before they are delivered to the field, ensuring Soldiers have the secure, effective and intuitive communications tools they need to complete their missions. The C4ISR campus facilities are networked together, allowing each facility to efficiently leverage the resources and test systems as if all of the assets from each lab were located at a single site.

Currently, there are Team APG C4ISR civilians and service members deployed around the world – providing rapid capability development and end-unit fielding, training, logistics, and engineering and field service expertise – to enable operations wherever the mission takes the U.S. warfighter.

An integrated Army network supporting the Army’s Army Warfighter Assessments and Network Integration Evaluations are also made possible due APG systems engineers, test officers, integrators and field technicians.

APG’s Team C4ISR consists of the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command, Program Executive Offices C3T and IEWS and the Communications and Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Army Rapid Capabilities Office.

The contributions of these organizations will be explored in this Team C4ISR “Technology Takeover” of APG News’ Inside the Innovation:

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division brigade commander (left) and his staff discuss coalition data sharing during Army Warfighting Assessment 17.1 at Fort Bliss, Texas on Oct. 14, 2016. | U.S. Army photo

Increasing the pace of battle in a coalition environment, PEO C3T

FORT BLISS, Texas— During Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA) 17.1 in October 2016, U.S. and coalition forces conducted realistic war games in the austere southwest desert to improve how they fight, communicate and share digital data on the battlefield.

 

Albert "Al" W. Lutes, CECOM IT-Radio master technician, works with a U.S. Marine deployed with the Georgia Liaison Team to troubleshoot a radio problem and provide over the shoulder training. | U.S. Army photo by Mary Barkley, 401st Army Field Support Brigade

CECOM adapts, strengthens and sustains Army’s C4ISR systems, CECOM

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Headquartered at APG, CECOM ensures the global readiness of the complex, networked C4ISR systems and capabilities that provide joint forces with the advanced information and technology they need to communicate on today’s battlefield.

 

 

The Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) will allow for greater control and enhancement of EW capabilities. EWPMT capabilities include the ability to plan, coordinate, manage and deconflict electronic warfare (EW) activities, as well as employ assets to conduct offensive EW targeting, use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum and the ability to synchronize EW spectrum operations within the Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) cell. | U.S. Army illustration

PEO delivers intelligence, sensor and EW capabilities, PEO IEW&S

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The Army’s Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors, or PEO IEW&S, headquartered at APG, provides critical support for Soldiers through a functionally aligned organization, poised to deliver high quality materiel development for time-sensitive requirements or more deliberate support as needed by our wide range of customers.

 

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APG Team C4ISR defends Army network, C4ISR Center of Excellence

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Army network modernization cannot succeed without increased network security. As attacks on the nation’s military networks increase and the tactical cyber threat grows, so must our cyber offensive and defensive capabilities. Cyber, electronic warfare, known as EW, and network advancements will be key enablers to support Army force readiness and expeditionary deployabilty.

 

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division out of Hawaii participated in the U.S. Army's Cyber Blitz April 2016 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Cyber Blitz provides the Army a venue to observe and assess cyber and electromagnetic activity-related interactions in a Tactical Command Post. | U.S. Army photo by Kristen Kushiyama

Army cyber research, development adapts as tactical network grows, CERDEC

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – In less than a decade, Army connectivity of enterprise and tactical systems and devices has increased exponentially thus necessitating the Army’s research, development and engineering community to protect connected networks and devices so Soldiers can complete their missions.

 

Prior to GPS, Soldiers used maps, compasses, accelerometers and gyroscopes to determine an object’s position and orientation. CERDEC is incorporating many of these “old school” technologies into integrated solutions that will provide better overall performance – even when operating in GPS degraded or denied situations. | U.S. Army photo

Army R&D providing integrated solutions to mitigate threats to GPS, CERDEC

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.  – The successful invasion of Iraq across unchartered and unfriendly desert terrain during Operation Desert Storm featured the coalition’s new, “secret weapon” – GPS. Since 1991, Soldiers conducting tactical operations have relied heavily on GPS’ position, navigation and timing, or PNT, information.

 

CERDEC’s Expeditionary Command Post Capabilities project is exploring flexible, minimalistic command post designs for initial, early and forcible entry operations. The lessons learned will inform TRADOC and programs of record of what's possible for an expeditionary force's command post in terms of force structure and infrastructure capabilities. | U.S. Army photo by Edric Thompson, CERDEC

Army R&D re-imagines the Command Post beyond 2025, CERDEC

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army’s push to create a leaner, more rapidly deployable force is driving the need for innovative solutions that allow commanders to establish their command posts faster than ever.

 

The Army is providing lighter weight, more transportable configurations of its tactical communications network backbone, WIN-T, including air transportable HMMWVs like the one used here by the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division during their recent Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) rotation at Fort Polk, La. The Point of Presence or PoP, being unloaded from a C-130 aircraft, enables connectivity so commanders can receive mobile mission command including a near real time common operating picture from anywhere on the battlefield. | U.S. Army photo by JRTC Public Affairs

Army conducts joint force entry using newest communications gear, PEO C3T

FORT POLK, Louisiana– After parachuting in under the cover of darkness, punching through the clouds and descending on the dense Louisiana vegetation below during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division (3/82) were connected and communicating within minutes of hitting the ground.