Network Modernization: Secure Wireless

Description

Secure Wireless uses the National Security Agency-approved Commercial Solutions for Classified solution to provide secure classified and unclassified Wi-Fi to the Command Post, with prototype capability also enabling vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication. Secure Wireless provides agility and operational flexibility, enabling commanders and staff to stay securely connected with full situational awareness and mission command capability for the maximum amount of time possible during command post relocation.

By going wireless, command post set up and tear down times are significantly reduced, for increased unit maneuverability, operational flexibility, and survivability. Following command post setup, units can turn on their Secure Wireless andthe network will come up first instead of last as with cabling, in minutes instead of hours, and Soldiers can stay connected longer when jumping the command post.

The logistical burden is also reduced with less cable and protective flooring needed to be transported from location to location. Soldiers can be untethered from their workstations with wireless laptops for improved collaboration.

Project Manager Tactical Network is fielding a new Secure Wireless Campus Wide Local Area Network (CWLAN) upgrade to improve system resiliency, ease of use and reduce setup/tear down times even further, for increased unit mobility and command post survivability.

To improve units' expeditionary command-post capabilities, PEO C3T’s Command Post Integrated Infrastructure (CPI2) modernization efforts will provide mobile, scalable and survivable platforms and further increase command post survivability. Secure Wireless is a key component of this effort and is being integrated on prototype vehicles, enabling Soldiers to pull up to any site and connect to the network in minutes. This enhanced system, known as Secure Wireless Mesh Remote Endpoint (SWMRE), will provide a vehicle-to-vehicle wireless connection that will enable units to disperse their command post vehicles, making the command post more survivable. PEO C3T is working directly with Soldiers for continual feedback on prototype solutions and progressing toward a fielded solution.

The Army is fielding Secure Wireless to select units across the force including brigade combat teams, divisions and corps.  Secure Wireless is also key component of the Army’s Capability Set 21 Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced network tool suite, which modernizes the Army’s legacy ESBs.

Secure Wireless directly supports and is aligned with the Army Network Modernization Strategy Line Of Effort (LOE) #1 Unified Network, by providing a fully interoperable tactical network transport system to enable mission command and secure network communications without wires. It also supports LOE #4 Command Post Mobility and Survivability, by enabling units to stay securely connected with full situational awareness and mission command capability for the maximum amount of time possible when changing locations, and it comes up in minutes at a new location to ensure real-time situational awareness. As a key component of CPI2’s command post modernization efforts, Secure Wireless is making command post more mobile and survivable.

Capabilities

  • Enables an Expeditionary Command Post, significantly reducing Command Post setup and teardown time; eliminates 17 boxes of expensive cable weighing hundreds of pounds
  • Fast and easy set up / tear down for rapid relocation and maneuver
  • Secure Wireless provides agility and operational flexibility, enabling commanders and staff to stay securely connected with full situational awareness and mission command capability for the maximum amount of time possible
  • SIPR without Encryption Hardware: National Security Agency (NSA)-approved Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) software based encryption
  • Works with commercial, Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR), Secure IPR (SIPR) and coalition networks