The Modern Battlespace’s Top Articles for 2018

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The year 2018 is coming to a close and it’s been a great first year for The Modern Battlespace. We’ve had the opportunity to cover pressing trends in the defense community like the rise of MUOS, the need for modernized tactical waveforms, and overarching shifts on the battlefield. To wrap up 2018, we’re sharing a roundup of our most popular content over the year. Here are your favorite reads on TMB in 2018:

3 Reasons Why MUOS Will Change Military Communications on The Battlefield

The Modern Battlespace laid out a few important reasons for the adoption of MUOS, or the Mobile User Objective System, an ultra-high frequency, narrowband satellite system that provides smartphone-like capabilities to improve voice and data communications access. Some of these reasons included advantages over legacy SATCOM options and improved global connectivity.

“The benefits of MUOS, which include improved mobility, frequency capacity, access and signal quality, will provide the communications our warfighters need for continued success in the future,” said Troy Brunk, Vice President and General Manager, Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Solutions for Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins).

Read the whole story here.

Addressing the Gap of Communications in the Battlefield with Portable Gateway Devices

Another critical trend that The Modern Battlespace team covered this year was the rising adoption of portable gateway devices. According to our article, “Gateway devices are bridging the gap that often exists between legacy systems and between air and ground forces, enabling warfighters to be agile and informed for greater mission effectiveness.”

We dug into this trend with Charles Heidal, Joint Fires and Effects Account Manager for Collins Aerospace, and he explained the increased agility, interoperability, and data connectivity that portable gateway devices provide.

Read the whole story here.

Modernizing Tactical Waveforms for a More Contested Battlespace

The Modern Battlespace also connected with Joseph Graf, a fellow at Collins Aerospace, about modernizing tactical waveforms in order to address communication challenges that come with an increasingly contested battlespace.

Graf explained, “Military comms is a complex organism consisting of multiple independent networks that must be interconnected and operate in a seamlessly robust and non-interfering manner.” He elaborated on different kinds of waveforms, shifting industry expectations, and new and existing challenges in our discussion.

Read the whole story here.

The Evolution of Today’s Battlespace: Q&A with Troy Brunk

Troy Brunk also spoke with us about more high-level shifts and changes in the battlespace, specifically with regards to communications, a multi-domain battlefield, and the increasing importance of cybersecurity. Collins Aerospace has had a front-row seat to these evolutions, given that they’ve been a major player in the space for decades.

Brunk stated, “Our deep understanding of modern communications and the incredible engineering talent and experience we have, gives us tremendous ability to create solutions that ensure our customers can communicate securely in challenging environments.”

Read the whole story here.

Identifying a GPS Alternative for PNT is Easier Said than Done

A recent Thought Piece from Booz Allen Hamilton, “Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Requires New Thinking about Systems Integration,” acknowledges the rising challenges with GPS for PNT in a more congested battlespace, but also points out that the process of selecting a GPS alternative would be cumbersome.

“Ultimately, it boils down to how the military does business,” our article stated. “This is a natural outcome of acquiring platforms from OEMs that integrate multiple military systems into a closed and proprietary whole. But it’s not the only negative impact of this existing acquisition system.”

Read the whole story and Thought Piece here.

We look forward to what 2019 has to bring and to another year of excellent content with insightful thought leaders.

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Chelsea is an Editor for The Modern Battlespace, and oversees editorial strategy and content development for the site. Chelsea writes for other federal government and technology industry publications. Her background lies in B2B and enterprise technology, specifically cloud computing, SaaS, travel IT, and mobile devices.