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U.S. Military, Government, Academic and Industry Leaders to Convene to Discuss and Debate Improving the Efficiency and Effectivness of Military Tactical Communications

On Sept. 19 -20, 2012, at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA, Defense Strategies Institute will bring together stakeholders across the U.S. Military, Government, Academic, and Private Sector to discuss and debate some of the most challenging subjects involved in successfully deploying military tactical communications in an efficient and effective manner. The Summit will benefit the 501c3 Wounded Warrior Project.

Washington, DC, July 10, 2012 --( Today’s U.S. military services and defense agencies must accelerate the development and fielding of initiatives focused on the agile approach to modernizing secure, networked, and interoperable tactical communications systems.While the technical enablers for this concept are rapidly maturing, the operational challenges are quickly coming to the forefront.

The achievement of a network-centric battlefield has driven such technologies as software defined radios networking voice, data and information across deploying units in austere environments, which has reduced the need to rely upon a “fixed” infrastructure or GPS system to communicate across the unit while on the move. SATCOM technologies like the MUOS satellite will soon allow for enabled secure, mobile networked communications worldwide. Though, challenges including waveform and signal processing, security, jamming/anti-jamming techniques along with a vast list of distinct operational requirements for the technologies has challenged military leaders to critically analyze next-steps in moving communication technologies forward.

DSI’s upcoming Summit recognizes that in a field such as tactical communications, where there are multiple agents acting in tandem, it is extremely important that all involved are working towards a cohesive and holistic approach. To this end identifying the parts of the communications process that are the most suitable to maximize efficiency and effectiveness is paramount. “The Summit is designed to offer a full spectrum viewpoint towards tactical comms. Rather than focus purely on satellites, or radios, or the network, we have created a Summit that will bring together a variety of stakeholders in order to build out two days of discussion and debates that tackle many of the areas involved in enhancing effective and efficient tactical communications,” stated Lisa Madison, Director of Communications for Defense Strategies Institute.

“While the field has seen an immense amount of ebbing and flowing, we believe that truly great advancements are on the horizon...and this is why our Senior Partners decided to lend our expertise towards creating a forum that can bring together stakeholders across the continuum of the community,” Ms. Madison further stated.

Some of the subject matters that will be addressed include:
1. SATCOM on-the-move
- Including Wideband Global SATCOM 4, and MUOS-1
2. Radio Communications
- SDRs, including cognitive jamming/anti-jamming techniques
3. Spectrum Management
-Dynamic spectrum access and cognitive designs
4. Antennas for Tactical Communication
- Innovation and design to meet tomorrow’s demands including integration for C4I initiatives
5. Cellular Networks, Mobile Devices and Applications for Tactical Edge Users
- Integrating smart phones and other mobile devices into force structures
6. Airborne Tactical Networks
- Software Reprogrammable Payload (SRP) for creating a full-featured radio frequency (RF) system
- Tactical Command Data Links (TCDL) for UAVS
7 Shipboard Communications
-Including meeting the growing demand for low-latency networks in submarine systems

An early review of their agenda reveals some of their diverse subject matter experts addressing these topics including:
*Dr. Ronald Jost , DASD,C3 Space and Spectrum DoD
*Mr. Stan Newberry, SES, Director, AFC2IC
*LTC Robert Collins, USA, PM, WIN-T 2/3, PEO C3T
*CAPT Jeffrey Hoyle, USN, JPEO, IED, JTRS

With offices such as NRL, MCSC, CERDEC, and others who will be adding to the discussions.

They are co-locating the Summit with their Military Mobile Power Summit that will focus on power needs of the Military Services. This will allow those interested in the power aspect of the above discussions to gain knowledge on the current efforts in this field as well. Information on that Summit can be found on their website at

Recognizing the great sacrifice that our men and women of the Armed Services have endured, the summit will benefit the non profit 501c3 Wounded Warrior Project through the direct charitable donations of Defense Strategies Institute.

The forum is open to the public, however seating is limited. Anyone interested in participating in the Summit can go to Defense Strategies Institute's website at for more information or contact Lisa Madison at 1-347-732-5336
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