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US Army works to mesh Rainmaker data fabric into ITN systems

US Army engineers and information technology experts are working to integrate the Rainmaker data fabric programme into key applications within the service's Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), in preparation for a vital capstone experiment later this year.

Officials from the army's Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center are co-ordinating with members of the service's Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team (LRPF CFT), to shorten sensor-to-shooter data transmission times via Rainmaker and other data fabric systems, said C5ISR Center Deputy Assistant Director for Information Dominance Alan Hansen.

The co-operative effort between the centre and LRPF CFT is part of ongoing science and technology development work being conducted by C5ISR Center officials, in preparation for the Project Convergence 2021 capstone exercise, scheduled to begin later this year, according to Hansen. “One of the important [aspects] with what we are doing with Rainmaker is to build in that agility”, for networked sensor-to-shooter capability, in anticipation of the capstone experiment.

Rainmaker, a science and technology programme run out of the C5ISR directorate, is focused on common data fabric integration and data transport among service sensors and platforms. Most recently, service leaders evaluated Rainmaker's advanced data transport capabilities between low Earth orbit and medium Earth orbit satellite capabilities, as part of the 2020 Project Convergence capstone.

Project Convergence is the army's ongoing effort to link every sensor and shooter platform in the service's arsenal under a common network. The effort dovetails into the Pentagon's larger Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiative, which is designed to enable US commanders to connect any sensor pod or platform to any weapon system, regardless of domain.

The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, in support of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, conduct a multiround live-fire demonstration at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  (US Army )

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