The Army’s new network modernization strategy is designed to enable the Army to “fight tonight” while also actively seeking next-generation solutions to stay ahead of potential adversaries.
This strategy is a fundamental change in the Army’s approach to tactical network modernization, which is aimed at keeping pace with threats in the near-term and developing a future network through rapid insertion of new technology and focused science and technology efforts.
This new network-modernization strategy, known as Halt, Fix and Pivot, aims to:
•Halt the programs that do not address operational requirements.
•Fix the programs that are necessary to fulfill the most critical operational needs now.
•Pivot to a more agile “adapt and buy” acquisition strategy.
Army Directive 2017-24 established the Network Cross-Functional Team pilot. The team formed and achieved initial operating capability in November 2017. The cross-functional team consists of a core team of experts in acquisition, science and technology, testing and evaluation, development, training, and integration and engages with multiple organizations, to include industry and academia, for coordination and support.
The cross-functional team brings the Warfighter, developer, and tester to the center of the acquisition process through focused integration, enabling the Army to deliver leader-approved technology capabilities to warfighters at the best possible return on investment for the Army.
The cross-functional team will support the four lines of effort of the new strategy:
•Unified Network: Ensure an available, reliable and resilient network that ensures seamless connectivity in any operationally contested environment.
•Joint Interoperability/Coalition Accessible: Ensure Army Forces can more effectively interact (technically and operationally) with Joint and Coalition partners.
•Command Post Mobility/Survivability: Ensure command posts’ deployability, reliability, mobility and survivability.
•Common Operating Environment: Ensure a simple and intuitive single-mission command suite that is easily operated and maintained by the Soldier.
The cross-functional team will leverage proven joint and special operations solutions and has already begun proactively reaching out to commercial – traditional and non-traditional – industry to seek potential solutions and then conduct experimentation and demonstrations, with an emphasis on scalability of an integrated tactical network at the brigade and below.
The Army is committed to delivering a tactical network that guarantees that the Army can prepare for war and fight and win against any adversary.
The Network Cross-Functional Team is focused on integration, speed and precision to ensure the Army’s capability development process is adaptable and flexible enough to keep pace with the rate of technology change.