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CAPTAIN KEVIN PETERSON WELCOMED AS THE NEW JTRS NED PROGRAM MANAGER — Press Release

CAPTAIN KEVIN PETERSON WELCOMED AS THE NEW JTRS NED PROGRAM MANAGER

Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) transmitted the voices of the official party throughout the event

SAN DIEGO – The Network Enterprise Domain (NED) Program Office of Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) recently went through a Change of Charter (CoC), relieving CAPT Jeffery Hoyle, United States Navy of his duties as NED Program Manager (NED PM). CAPT Kevin Peterson, United States Navy assumed management leadership as the new NED PM during a ceremony held on Thursday, September 15th. Also participating in the ceremony was the Joint Program Executive Officer for the Joint Tactical Radio System, Brigadier General Michael E. Williamson, United States Army.

The NED CoC ceremony was a milestone for the NED Program Office because the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), a JTRS networking waveform software product developed by ITT Corporation, was used to transmit the voices of CAPT Hoyle, CAPT Peterson, and BG Williamson throughout the event.

The SRW network utilized during the CoC ceremony included 13 nodes in a single island. Within the island, there were two smaller dependent networks connected through a relay node. One network was established at the ASW base and the other network was established 2.3 miles away at the SPAWAR Pacific Seaside site. During the ceremony itself, BG Williamson, CAPT Hoyle, and CAPT Peterson communicated to the audience over the SRW Combat Network Radio (CNR) voice service while participating in the 13 node network.

The network at the Seaside site was part of the SRW Interoperability Quicklook (SIQ) Field Exercise (SIQ-FE) being conducted by SSC LANT and hosted by SSC PAC. The objective of the field exercise was to evaluate the effectiveness of recent SRW patches and parameter updates on platform interoperability and performance in a field environment.

Radio platforms used during the CoC included the Ground Mobile Radio, Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit Production Rifleman Radio (HMS PRR), ITT Soldier Radio-Rifleman (ITT SR-R), Harris Falcon III (Harris AN-PRC 117G), ITT SideHat-ER, and Northrop Grumman Freedom Radio (NGC Freedom). This is the first time JTRS NED has created a heterogeneous network using two Program of Record vendors and three commercial vendors in a field environment. The ability of these JTRS radios developed by multiple companies, three of whom received no government funding for the development of their radio and integration of the SRW waveform software, to interoperate seamlessly over-the-air, provides concrete validation of the JTRS Enterprise Business Model approach to fielding tactical networking capabilities.

CAPT Hoyle served as the NED PM for four consecutive years, leading the development of tactical networking waveform and network management/services capabilities for joint and coalition forces. He was selected as the NED PM while serving as Military Assistant to the Joint Program Executive Officer Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS). Prior to his assignment to JPEO JTRS, CAPT Hoyle exclusively held submarine forces support positions. His interest to join the JTRS Enterprise was peaked because it allowed him the capability to contribute even more broadly to national defense, helping to develop robust tactical networking capabilities that extend all the way to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines on the edge of the battlefield. He was also “attracted to the approach being used to develop these capabilities – a JTRS Enterprise Business Model that increases competition and encourages innovation by delivering those capabilities in software that can be shared among multiple
radio providers to better harness the incredible power of the American marketplace in supporting the Warfighter.” CAPT Hoyle received the Defense Superior Service Medal for his leadership at JPEO JTRS.

CAPT Peterson joins the JTRS team after completing past shore assignments including Assistant Program Manager for Warfare Systems of CVN-21 Aircraft Carrier Program, System Engineering Office branch head for legacy missions of the Imagery Intelligence Acquisition and Operations Directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office, as well as several positions at Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command. He has also completed several operational assignments including USS CARL VINSON, USS JOHN YOUNG, and USS DAVID R RAY. CAPT Peterson recently served as a Fellow of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Study Group.

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