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Army, NetModEx

By Jenna Mozeyko, DEVCOM C5ISR Center Public Affairs

Over 60 Army partner representatives gathered to witness multi-echelon intelligent and resilient technology solutions demonstrated during the U.S. Army’s annual Network Modernization Experiment — shortened NetModX — Demonstration Day at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey on June 16.

The event, held by the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center — part of Army Future Command’s Combat Capabilities Development Command — brought together members of the Army community to observe technologies undergoing experimentation in support of Army efforts to provide automated and protected communications on the contested, congested battlefield.

“The Network Modernization Experiment is a unique opportunity for engineers to understand how developing technologies perform in a converged field environment early in the development process and to ‘learn by doing’ in a threat-based environment,” said C5ISR Center Director Joseph Welch.

During Network Modernization Experimentation 22, Army researchers tested the Dismounted Distributed Tactical Beamforming System program that provides more secure, smaller and lighter radios for tomorrow’s Soldiers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., May 31, 2022.

NetModX is a capstone event for the Center’s science and technology programs. It provides an environment for technologies, previously tested in a laboratory environment, to be tested in the field among terrain, spectrum and other situational challenges. This helps scientists and engineers identify any possible challenges to take into consideration for future operational advancements, while providing insight to Army and industry partners.

During the event, participants broke out into sessions to receive demonstrations from C5ISR scientists and engineers focusing in the areas of automated primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency network architecture, and survivable communications. A few technologies included modular radio frequency communications, broadband antenna tracking systems, mobile and survivable command posts and aerial tier network.

“Although it’s primarily field based, NetModX leverages the DEVCOM Combined Joint Systems Integration Laboratory and other labs as well as platform integration, and ground and air activities,” said Noah Weston, the C5ISR Center’s Chief of Future Capabilities.

The lessons learned from NetModX22, which began on May 2 and concluded July 1, will directly inform the concept, and prototyping and integration phases for Network Capability Sets 25 and 27.

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The C5ISR Center is the Army’s applied research and advanced technology development center for C5ISR capabilities. As the Army’s primary integrator of C5ISR technologies and systems, the center develops and matures capabilities that support all six Army modernization priorities, enabling information dominance and tactical overmatch for the joint warfighter.

The C5ISR Center is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM). Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies, DEVCOM leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation’s wars and come home safely. DEVCOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

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