Soldier Radio Waveform Network Manager Determined Operationally Suitable and Effective — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
May 3, 2012

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SAN DIEGO – The Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) announced that the Soldier Radio Waveform Network Manager (SRWNM), developed under the guidance of Program Management Office, Network Enterprise Domain (NED), was assessed as operationally suitable and effective with a recommendation for Service use with JTRS Rifleman Radios by the Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Forces in Norfolk, Virginia during an Integrated Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) conducted during the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) in October and November of 2011.

The Operational Test Agency Evaluation Report (OTN-1-RR), dated April 10th, 2012 was signed by Rear Admiral David A. Dunaway, Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Forces.

The SRWNM software creates JTRS communications plans for Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) capable JTRS radios based on user input and importing data files from other DoD communications planning systems. These communication plans are then converted into radio configuration files by SRWNM and exported directly to the radio or to external media such as compact disc (CD) or USB memory devices.

The SRW Network Manager plans, configures, and monitors JTRS radio networks that use the SRW waveform. These networks have the ability to transmit both voice and data, including video, pictures and graphic images, and are intended for use by the individual Warfighter, small units and unmanned sensors.

SRWNM is a precursor network management system to the JTRS Enterprise Network Manger (JENM) which is currently under development. JENM manages both SRW and the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) used on the Ground Mobile Radio (GMR). SRW is also employed on the HMS Manpack Radio, GMR, and four Non-Developmental Initiative (NDI) radio systems under evaluation at NIE, with SRWNM managing SRW on all of these radios.

The JTRS NED Program is one of four major Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1D programs within JPEO JTRS. JTRS NED developed software provides interoperable, affordable and secure tactical networking technologies and capabilities for Joint, Coalition and International Warfighters. SRWNM provides the ability for SRW based radios, developed by Program of Record (POR) and commercial vendors, to interoperate within the same Infantry squad, platoon, or company. SRWNM has been incorporated into the JENM and is currently undergoing testing at NIE 12.2 at White Sands Missile Range, NM, supporting mounted and dismounted Warfighters in an operationally relevant environment.

About JPEO JTRS

The JPEO JTRS program, headquartered in San Diego, California, has evolved from separate radio replacement programs to an integrated effort to network multiple weapon system platforms and forward combat units where it matters most – the last tactical mile. JTRS will link the power of the Global Information Grid to the Warfighter in applying fire effects and achieving overall battlefield superiority.

JTRS is developing an open architecture of cutting edge radio waveform technology that allows multiple radio types (e.g., handheld, aircraft, maritime) to communicate with each other. The goal is to produce a family of interoperable, modular software-defined radios which operate as nodes in a network to ensure secure wireless communication and networking services for mobile and fixed forces. These goals extend to U.S. allies, coalition partners and disaster response personnel.

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