It’s safe to say that the battlespace warfighters are fighting in today has evolved dramatically in the past years with added complexities and domains. With adversaries utilizing more sophisticated tactics than years past, the battlespace has become more contested than ever and is driving the Department of Defense (DoD) to adopt new technologies that increase warfighter readiness, especially with regards to communications and navigation.
Recently at AUSA 2018, we caught up with Troy Brunk, VP and General Manager of Communication, Navigation, and Electronic Warfare for Rockwell Collins to get his take on the transformation of the battlefield. Brunk touched on overarching trends in the defense space and how partnerships between the military and industry leaders are preparing the warfighter for anything they might encounter in-theater.
When asked about technologies that are enabling today’s warfighter readiness in theater, Brunk highlighted the rise of software-defined radios (SDRs) and their unique role in a contested, constantly evolving battlespace. “I think it’s a critical technology because instead of buying purpose-built radios, where either the waveform needs to change because of the threat environment or crypto needs to change because of the threat environment, you no longer have to go replace radios. You can do that via software.”
He goes on to explain how tools like SDRs allow for more agility in-theater by minimizing the resources and time needed to keep warfighters connected with the right communication technology necessary for mission readiness. He also elaborates on advancements in navigation technology that provide the more holistic, accurate positioning information for warfighters.
Brunk also discusses other trends like how to achieve a more abbreviated kill chain and cyber awareness and protection. You can listen to our full conversation here: