USA — Army Researchers Work to Improve Information Systems

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2010 — Army researchers are work­ing to inte­grate com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, com­put­ers, intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance capa­bil­i­ties dur­ing the ear­ly stages of research and devel­op­ment.
“We have had to adapt our Army to deploy sys­tems in the bat­tle­field we had­n’t planned for orig­i­nal­ly in order to defeat the ene­my,” David Jimenez said dur­ing a recent “DoDLive” blog­gers round­table. Jimenez is asso­ciate direc­tor of sys­tems engi­neer­ing at the U.S. Army Research, Devel­op­ment and Engi­neer­ing Command’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions-Elec­tron­ics Cen­ter at Fort Mon­mouth, N.J.

“These capa­bil­i­ties have evolved very quick­ly over the course of the war, and they con­tin­ue to do so,” he said. 

The cen­ter, known as CERDEC, is work­ing to inte­grate new capa­bil­i­ties such as sen­sors, dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy, appli­ca­tions and data sys­tem in the research and devel­op­ment stage. The Army net­work of the future will be a “sys­tem of sys­tems,” Jimenez said, so it is impor­tant that capa­bil­i­ties and devices be inte­grat­ed and assessed ear­ly in their devel­op­ment to see how they will per­form togeth­er, rather than wait­ing until they are fielded. 

“The Army has employed and matured telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions on the bat­tle­field rapid­ly, and it’s always been oper­a­tional­ly chal­leng­ing to have mod­ern or net­work com­mu­ni­ca­tions on the bat­tle­field,” he said. 

Jason Syp­niews­ki is chief for CERDEC’s Com­mand, Con­trol, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Com­put­ers, Intel­li­gence, Sur­veil­lance and Recon­nais­sance — known as C4ISR — and Net­work Mod­ern­iza­tion Inte­grat­ed Event Design and Analy­sis Branch. He views CERDECS’ research as an ear­ly test bed for new com­mu­ni­ca­tions and infor­ma­tion sys­tems before they reach the bat­tle­field. “We [can] pro­vide our insights and feed­back and share our data,” he said. 

Jimezez said one of the things CERDEC is engaged in dur­ing the research and devel­op­ment stages is the pre­sen­ta­tion of data in a way that allows sol­diers to quick­ly under­stand what is being sent to them and be able to act on it. 

“Those are ongo­ing research areas that are look­ing at exact­ly how a task should be accom­plished, how the human takes in data and struc­tur­ing our screens and our appli­ca­tions to be able to take advan­tage and make this less bur­den­some for sol­diers,” he said. 

Researchers are look­ing at ways for sol­diers to be able to scan or move data with their fin­gers and to be able to present data with­out hav­ing a heavy reliance on key­board-actu­at­ed response, Jimenez said. They also are look­ing into voice recog­ni­tion and oth­er advances that have occurred in the com­mer­cial mar­ket­place and apply­ing them to the Army. 

“We’re lever­ag­ing what we see hap­pen­ing in the com­mer­cial mar­ket­place with smart phones and ’smart apps’ and loca­tion-aware appli­ca­tions to enable being able to get bat­tle­field infor­ma­tion to sol­diers when and where they need it,” Jimenez said. 

Syp­niews­ki added that work­ing close­ly with part­ners out of the Army Research Lab and oth­er efforts that are focused on human cog­ni­tive analy­sis gives them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with the end-user to get their feed­back. “That goes direct­ly back to the devel­op­er,” he said. 

Jimenez said that he thinks the research and devel­op­ment under­way will pro­vide incred­i­ble trans­for­ma­tions in terms of infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed to soldiers. 

“It’s always chang­ing. It’s always adap­tive. It’s excit­ing,” he said. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →