C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

CECOM eyes fixes for US Army's software challenges

08 February 2017

The exponential growth in software-defined military systems is leading the US Army to examine ways to handle the challenges of maintaining its weapon systems and ensuring they are secure from potential cyber threats.

In the past, software was primarily used for enterprise services, but now applications that are running on everything from artillery systems to almost every radio in use in the army is actually software, Major General Bruce Crawford, commanding general of the US Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), said on 3 February during a briefing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Software has, for example, enabled the transition from the hardware-based single function Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) that only provided voice communications to software-defined networked radios, which enable soldiers to access various networks to access data, Maj Gen Crawford noted.

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