Command and Control at the tactical edge

Command and Control (C2) has multiple definitions. The DoD defines it as, “The exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission.” Some view it as leveraging all technology on the battlefield to achieve and maintain information dominance. Others associate it with decision criteria aligned to the use of nuclear weapons. REDCOM solutions directly support C2 conditions no matter how you define it.

The tools and function of command and control evolves with each leap in technology. At its core, it’s how a commander recognizes what needs to be done and takes appropriate action. C2 is both art and science, the art of sustaining critical functions during a conflict and the science of integrating the tools that provide the highest performance in communication technology.

Brilliance in the basics

The technology gap is closing between U.S. forces and adversaries. The prevalence of the cyber domain in every warfighting function creates new challenges for those at the leading edge. Mobility readiness in future engagement needs a brilliance in the basics approach, especially in a denied environment. C2 will be driven by the ability to implement low SWaP hardware and software solutions, reduce the equipment footprint at the tactical edge, improve interoperability and intuitively arrange connectivity.

The REDCOM approach: adaptive and flexible

REDCOM solutions are designed for interoperability, security, mobility, and SWaP at the operational and tactical edge. Our product configuration, controls, and management can be used without extensive training or field service, reducing support requirements overall.

Our capabilities support C2 over IP-based infrastructure – accommodating TDM and analog paths when the integration of assets to other modes of communication is required. The integration of disparate terminal devices directly addresses interoperability challenges when coordination with coalition or host nation partners is required. The same is true for Public Safety or Humanitarian/Disaster Relief missions.

The command and control platform for U.S. Army

REDCOM was selected by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Command, Control Communications-Tactical for network modernization at the battalion level and below. REDCOM technology is being deployed to multiple programs within the U.S. Army, delivering command and control communications to warfighters at the tactical edge. Click here to read the entire case study on why the U.S. Army chose REDCOM.

REDCOM C2: the foundation for C5ISR

REDCOM C2 solutions are the foundation for C5ISR functions. C5ISR builds upon C2 by adding Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. According to the United States Army, the purpose of C5ISR technologies is to, “enable information dominance and decisive lethality for the networked Soldier”. These technologies can range from radios, workstations, and smartphones to night vision and electronic sensors. These solutions pooled together are what make up a C5ISR system. To learn more about C5ISR read our blog here.