Network communication capabilities exceed expectations in test

The Army’s recent operational assessment of the current Command Post Integrated Infrastructure revealed its capability for wireless communication over greater distances than previously believed possible. This article highlights what it means for future communication solutions.

An Army test late last month found that modernized wireless communication capabilities allow communications over greater distances between mobile command posts than previously thought, the Army said in a release.

In an operational assessment of the Army’s Command Post Integrated Infrastructure conducted by the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, CO, the Army said it determined the units were able to disperse over greater distances while maintaining connectivity. A previous operational assessment conducted by a brigade did not rely as heavily on Secure Wireless Remote Endpoint capability, which limited that test’s range, the release said.

The feedback from the assessment and other events will be used to finalize technical data packages for production, which is scheduled to begin shortly, according to the release. The Army intends for CPI2 to move the branch away from the traditional tent-based command post to a vehicle-based command post.

The transition is intended to resolve current issues with tent-based command post set-up and tear-down times, survivability, suitability and footprint, an Army spokesman previously told Inside Defense. Command post mobility and survivability is one of the four lines of effort under the service’s network modernization strategy and a primary element of Capability Set 23. The Army’s Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical division is tasked with developing the program.

“The old [command post] systems of tents with cabling running everywhere may not be survivable enough in a large-scale combat operation,” Maj. Jordan Funderburk said in the release. “CPI2 is faster to displace, capable of dispersion for survivability, and simpler to setup.”

The 4th Infantry Division provided some feedback throughout the assessment that was quickly incorporated, including the addition of a workstation, radios, a power supply and improvements to the battery back-up system, the release said.


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