CERDEC's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate develops and integrates the technology and architectures that enable and secure tactical networks as well as hand-held and platform-mounted Soldier communications for terrestrial and satellite-based systems.
In today's changing operational environment, Soldiers depend on secure and robust networks for reliable connectivity and communications.
CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate is the Army’s technical expert in the areas of tactical and strategic communications technologies, providing a service-unique environment to develop, evaluate and transition secure, reliable and practical defense communications, networking and cybersecurity capabilities.
As the Defense Department leader in communications and networking R&D for the Soldier, CERDEC S&TCD adopts, adapts and develops emerging communications technologies to provide secure, networked tactical communications.
The directorate also develops and evaluates hardware components, antennas, waveforms, communications security and network operations capabilities that enable Soldiers to acquire, secure and sustain operational communications.
S&TCD's broad network of government and industry partners, robust systems engineering infrastructure, technical agility and resources enables them to provide strategic insight to make informed acquisition decisions coupled with the technical expertise to deliver assured results.
I2WD develops advanced radar sensing capabilities and exploitation technologies that provide actionable intelligence, accurate and timely reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition for battlespace awareness and force protection.
LCMR is a lightweight, man-portable and High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle-mounted fast-scanning radar system that detects, tracks and locates enemy indirect projectiles in the air and determines the enemy firing position. It provides electronically-scanned, 360-degree azimuth coverage at short to medium detection ranges. U.S. Armed Forces and allies use LCMR as one of the primary counter-fire radar systems.
The OWL is a next-generation radar technology that provides hemispherical coverage against indirect, low, non-standard trajectories and plunging threats. The radar utilizes a novel antenna design, innovative signal processing techniques such as multiple-input, multiple-output and digital beam forming, and automated tracking algorithms. The OWL has a flexible system architecture ensuring quick adaptability for multiple mission purposes.
TRACER provides increased situational awareness by enabling long-range, wide area detection of targets under camouflage, concealment and deception conditions, and mapping for complex environments. TRACER provides increased situational awareness by enabling long-range, wide area detection of targets under camouflage, concealment and deception conditions, and mapping for complex environments. In addition, the system has the capability to detect small roadside targets and buried weapons caches. It performs onboard image formation and change detection.
VADER is an advanced Ku-band Ground Moving Target Indicator Radar/Synthetic Aperture Radar capable of detection and precision tracking of moving vehicles and dismounts. The system provides for wide and small area air-to-ground moving target indication, high-range resolution scanning of targets, detection of large numbers of targets for real time or forensic analysis, and SAR imaging of fixed targets. The VADER Exploitation Ground Station integrates closed-loop sensor management and multiple exploitation technologies to enable near real-time exploitation and forensics.
CERDEC S&TCD provides assured mobile networks that function in complex terrains and a variety of geographical areas. Mobile Networking technologies provide the architecture to support uninterrupted service for wireless mobile communications during dynamic, ad-hoc operations.
CERDEC S&TCD develops efficient terrestrial, airborne and satellite communications modulation, coding techniques and sub-component technologies to enable high data-rate transport. These hardware and software solutions improve radio performance and broadband connectivity to support on-demand service to the Warfighter.
CERDEC S&TCD provides automated capabilities that integrate the planning, monitoring and controlling activities of network management, information assurance and information dissemination.
Today's Army requires responsive organizations dependent on Tactical Network Operations. The rapid response organizations need to be equipped, trained and operated under global standards to support modularity. Common standards throughout the network support "plug-and-play" operations and increase network performance while enabling Soldiers to train the way they would fight.
Integration of network management, network defense and content staging must be performed at strategic, operational and tactical levels and across all DOD warfighting, intelligence and business domains.
S&TCD provides information assurance superiority for mission-critical information and secures the network and its devices to enable the Soldier to continue to fight and survive in the face of cyber attacks.
CERDEC S&TCD is the Army’s technical authority ensuring the availability, connectivity and security of mission critical information in the face of information warfare attacks and unintentional network disruptions. S&TCD protects the integrity of Soldiers’ information and prevents cyber attacks while operating in the numerous security domains necessary to function effectively in today’s Joint and Coalition Environment.
CERDEC S&TCD advances the Army, Joint and Coalition communications infrastructure by blending systems engineering techniques to provide timely, effective and integrated system architectures that inform network designs for advancing future communications technology. The increasing interdependency of C4ISR systems places a critical emphasis on relevant systems-of-systems engineering – a capability at the core of CERDEC S&TCD.