Tactical Cyber & Network Operations: RAP-TR/JENM

Description

The Joint Enterprise Network Manager (JENM) is a consolidated software application for planning, loading, managing and securing/defending mid and lower-tier software defined radios and associated waveforms.

JENM can be used to plan and configure an entire network of disparate networking radios and waveforms, ensuring interoperability across and between echelons. Its enterprise Over-the-Air Management (eOTAM) capability reduces manpower hours to reconfigure, manage, control a tactical radio network, by performing the tasks rapidly over-the-air. The JENM eOTAM capability reduces the need for Signal Soldiers to travel from location to location, allowing them to manage and configure their radio networks from remote locations, such as the battalion tactical operations cell. Additional  improvements to JENM include a more intuitive graphical user interface, simplification in planning tactical networks, network monitoring and troubleshooting, and capability with more software defined radios and respective waveforms.

PEO C3T is piloting a new software tool suite prototype that reduces the time it takes to initialize, plan and load a brigade’s worth of radios, from four weeks to minutes. These new user-friendly software prototypes also lay the foundation for rapid unit task reorganization and enable tasks once performed by advanced Signal Soldiers to be performed by general purpose users for increased operational flexibility.

New JENM enhancements are also helping pave the way for the convergence of NetOps tools and management for both the Upper Tactical Internet and the Mid and Lower Tactical Internet (radio networks). The goal of NetOps convergence is to provide one framework for integration of tools, into a single seamless delivery so that the S6 has one tool set to  more easily see and manage the entirety of the network. The S6 will be able to see all the many facets of the network in one cohesive picture.

The Ruggedized Application Platform-Tactical Radio (RAP-TR) consolidates separate lower tactical network tools onto a single laptop to streamline how signal Soldiers manage the tactical network. RAP-TR will host three software applications: JENM) Coalition Joint Spectrum Management Planning Tool (CJSMPT) and Systems Planning Engineering and Evaluation Device. RAP-TR will be integrated into the core tactical network capability baseline software and it will remain a standalone platform for units with Software Defined Radios and without direct tactical network connectivity.

JENM and RAP-TR modernization efforts directly support the Army Network Modernization Strategy Line Of Effort (LOE) #1 Unified Network.

Capabilities

  • Operates within the Integrated Tactical Networking Environment and handles the planning, configuration, monitoring, management, and analysis functions for all signal components and systems within the Joint tactical radio environment.
  • Reduces manpower hours to reconfigure, manage, and control a tactical radio network, by performing the tasks rapidly over-the-air.
  • Paves the way for the convergence of NetOps tools and management for both the Upper Tactical Internet and the Mid and Lower Tactical Internet (radio networks).