5. Command Post Communications (Germany)
Description: Broadband communications networks for corps, division, and brigade command posts.
Justification: The German Army is developing a wideband, wireless command post communications network that will be capable of providing voice, digital data, and video connectivity among the elements of a dispersed command post. This system is similar to the system being investigated in the U.S. Army's Survivable Adaptive System (SAS) ATD. There is real potential for data exchanges and an interoperability effort between these two programs. A key German technology includes ultrafast 40 GHz optical switching developed by the Heinrich Hertz Institute.
Implementation: The umbrella agreement concerning Technical Research and Development Projects with Germany could be used to set up an interoperability program between BIGSTAF and SAS. It is possible that data could be exchanged between these two programs.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Ms. Annette Chomsky
US Army CECOM
Ft. Monmouth, NJ 07703