Subject matter experts represent Team APG at MILCOM

APG Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commanding general of the Communications-Electronics Command, moderates the Military Communications and Readiness panel at the Armed Forces Communication-Electronics Association’s Military Communications Conference, known as MILCOM, in Baltimore, Nov. 2. | U.S. Army photo by Kristopher Joseph, CECOM

BALTIMORE – Team APG was well represented at the 2016 Military Communications Conference, known as MILCOM, Nov. 1-3.

Hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the event drew more than 2,000 industry, academic and Defense Department leaders and experts in command, control, communications, cyber and electronics

MILCOM featured APG leaders, program officials and technical experts presenting a variety of C4SIR topics relating to Army operational readiness.

Key themes discussed throughout the three day event highlighted advances in communications, networking, software advancements, and offensive and defensive cyber technologies and also how efforts to train Soldiers and sustain equipment must be taken into account early on in the development and fielding processes.

Representatives from Team APG participated in three panels, four technical breakout sessions and presented multiple papers throughout the event.

Military Communications and Readiness

On Nov. 2, APG Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commanding general of the Communications and Electronics Command, participated in the highlighting U.S. military readiness has become a critical focus after 15 years of continuous combat on multiple global battlefields.

Key topics of discussion included how the Army is institutionalizing C4SIR sustainment training efforts, ensuring life cycle management plans are part of programs from the start and how software and cyber challenges such as software upgrades, patching and assurance are being overcome in an integrated fashion.

Speed of Innovation

Henry Muller, the technical director of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, moderated the “Speed of Innovation and Acquisition Challenges” panel, Nov. 2, which discussed the challenge faced by the Department of Defense as commercial technology innovations outpace traditional DOD procurement timelines.

Panelists included Dale Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering); Ronald W.  Pontius, Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army; Maj. Gen. Kirk F. Vollmecke, Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors; Joseph D. Welch, Chief, Technical Management Division, PM Tactical Radios.

Modernizing the network

On Nov. 1, Brig. Gen. Karl Gingrich, Assistant Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical at APG, provided insight during the “Modernizing the Network” panel. Alongside other panelists, including Michael Padden, Project Manager, Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2), Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, he discussed the methodology behind how the material community is developing, fielding and assuring the security of the enterprise network capability.

Business-to-business

APG also hosted a Business-to-Business booth on the MILCOM show floor featured subject matter experts from the CECOM; CERDEC; PEO C3T; PEO IEW&S; and the Army Research Laboratory. The booth provided industry and academia the means to talk directly to program officials, developers, sustainment experts and logisticians about new technology development trends, public/private partnership opportunities, cyber protection efforts and various Research & Development agreements that APG offers to foster industry and academic innovation.