ARL Supports C4ISR On-The-Move Event 08
February 16, 2009
With help from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Army recently tested more than 100 land and air systems which utilize cutting-edge technologies for future force capabilities through an exercise called C4ISR On-The-Move Event 08.
The exercise, held at Ft. Dix, N.J., represented a culmination of several months of effort to integrate individual technologies into tactical networks dealing with Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).
ARL scientists and engineers from the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD), Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD), Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) and Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) supported the exercise through collaborations to investigate the cognitive impact of an integrated sensor suite on Soldiers operating in a tactical environment.
The cognitive impact analysis was led by SLAD and received support from HRED and the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) which is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
SEDD and CISD technologies utilized during the exercise included the Family of Unattended Ground Sensors (an integration of disparate sensors into a consolidated network), the PackBot Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle, the Store/Forward Sensor Gateway, the Centralized Controller Operator Control Unit, and the Multi-media Sensor Report Management System.
SLAD analysts conducted computer network operations which simulated information warfare attacks on the communication network. These operations were conducted from the Tactical Operations Center and from various ground vehicles.
SLAD engineers also provided a field-mobile electromagnetic vulnerability analysis capability that was used to better manage the radio frequency spectrum.
Realistic improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and vehicle and dismounted counter-IED equipment were provided by SLAD engineers for Soldiers to use during experiment missions.
Additionally, Soldiers from SLAD supported the experiment by leading the Opposition Force while modeling and simulation to support the exercise was provided by SLAD's System of Systems Survivability Simulation (S4).
ARL researchers briefed senior Army leaders on emerging results from the C4ISR On-The-Move Event 08. This exercise demonstrates how Army leaders value ARL expertise and technologies to protect and serve the Soldier now and with future force technologies.