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AFCEA C4ISR Symposium: Joint tactical radio system focus of day 2 at symposium

The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is the topic of conversation during the second say of the C4ISR Symposium hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association San Diego Chapter, PEO C4I, JPEO JTRS, PEO Space Systems, PEO EIS and SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific.

The JTRS will bring the latest technology and communication capability to the armed forces. Several different programs are within the JTRS efforts and today's presentations are designed to provide updates and program details.

Progress is being made in many areas, but there still is work to be done.

Navy Capt. Jeffrey Dunlap, deputy program manager for JTRS Airborne, Maritime and Fixed Station (AMF), said the different military branches are getting on board with the program, but some more convincing still needs to be done.

He is optimistic, however, that the product’s application will sell itself.

“I think you’re going to see a lot of excitement in the service,” he said. “Once we start fielding this … there’s going to be a lot of excitement.”

Dunlap’s program is newer than some of the others under the JTRS umbrella, which he said has its advantages. AMF is able to learn from the experiences of other program offices and, so far, they are on target with progress.

One of the more established programs is the JTRS-Joint Ground Domain (JTRS-JGD) program that is approaching new milestones.

Vic Popik, deputy commander for JTRS-JGD, highlighted the developments in his program, which is preparing to hit significant milestones in the coming months.

The Handheld/Manpack/Small Form Fit (HMS) is approaching milestone C. The Ground Mobile Radios (GMR) side is in a similar position, now completing the development phase.

A recent limited user test with the GMR was conducted last month. Popik said he cannot speak to the ultimate results, but that from his perspective it was successful.

Both of these programs and the others within JTRS are continuing their efforts. These projects and others have opportunities for industry partnerships and contracts.

A request for proposal for another batch of radios is expected in the next month, and Popik encouraged any company with a product that fits the requirement to consider submitting a proposal.

Afternoon sessions at the symposium included an update from the JTRS Multifunctional Information Distribution System Program, JTRS Small Business Innovation Research Program and MCTSSA.

The symposium continues Thursday with PEO-EIS and PEO-C4I presentations among others. The symposium concludes at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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