CPI Capabilities

CERDEC’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate is the Army’s dominant research and development organization for the application of technologies related to mission command; position, navigation and timing; power and operational energy; and platform integration and prototyping.

Today’s Army operates in a complex environment where mission success and a Soldier’s survival depend on the critical exchange of reliable and timely information.

CERDEC’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate uses its unique set of core competencies in mission command, positioning, navigation and timing; operational energy; and rapid and iterative prototyping to develop, integrate and deliver innovative technology solutions to current and future Army challenges. CP&ID provides an overall set of capabilities that inform and empower Soldiers at all levels and in all situations.

CP&ID’s research and development efforts and collaborations with strategic partners in the government, industry, and academia along with Army concept developers such as TRADOC and the battle labs are helping the Army envision the future of Mission Command doctrine and products.

CP&ID works to improve combat effectiveness by delivering expeditionary, uninterrupted mission command comprised of intuitive, secured, standards-based capabilities adapted to commander's requirements, and integrated into a common operating environment.

CP&ID-developed capabilities ensure that U.S. Soldiers are the decisive force by enabling them to make quick and accurate decisions based on high-quality, relevant information.

CP&ID’s decision support tools reduce information overload and improve decision making through research and development of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy software to assist Warfighters with knowledge management, data analysis, task automation, automated recommendations and intuitive data presentation.

Computing environments provide technologies and standards that enable secure and interoperable applications across of a variety of computing environments. These environments enable the primary C4ISR and Intelligence program managers to rapidly build, test, and deploy the next generation of Mission Command systems.

CP&ID is providing expeditionary command post concepts that enable mobile, scalable and tailorable command post designs that support all phases of tactical operations and forms of maneuver. CP&ID’s expeditionary command post concepts are informing Command Post 2025 concepts to the Mission Command Center of Excellence.

As more and more military systems rely on GPS for accurate position, navigation, and timing data, concerns over the impacts on operations due to GPS denial grow. The objectives of Assured PNT, a primary focus of the Army, include protecting GPS signals and ensuring uninterrupted navigation and timing solutions when GPS becomes denied or degraded due to environmental or intentional interference.

Mounted PNT provides a single common navigation solution on mounted platforms, such as military vehicles, to reduce redundant navigation sensors and provide capability in the absence of GPS It is comprised of a robust integrated multi-sensor system for vehicular applications that supports all PNT needs on the platform.

Dismounted PNT provides Soldiers on foot with an affordable, small, lightweight, low- power and wearable PNT solution that will replace the current GPS-only receiver. It provides a robust PNT capability in ground environments due to a multi-sensor design.

Anti-Jam Antennas reduce unwanted signals that interfere with GPS reception, and can be integrated into mounted and dismounted, wearable systems.

Pseudolites, which is a word-blend of “pseudo” and “satellite, are airborne and terrestrial assets that include satellite-like transmitters that function similarly to GPS. Instead of signals coming down from space like traditional GPS, they are transmitted closer to the Earth and reside on platforms such as a tent, vehicle, or low flying aircraft.

CERDEC CP&ID’s work in operational energy addresses the Army’s tactical and deployed power needs by developing smaller, lighter, more energy-dense power sources that increase mission duration while also using information technology to drive intelligent grids and power networks to significantly reduce energy use and logistics on the battle field.

CP&ID’s research in lightweight, renewable energy sources has demonstrated viable ways Soldiers can generate their own power to reduce logistical burden and increase mission duration.

  • Solar Power: CP&ID engineers have demonstrated Soldier solar power capabilities ranging from solar cells on Soldier backpacks, to light weight body conformal batteries, to solar cells deployed on large ground mats, to large vehicle-borne solar arrays that are hydraulically deployed. Coupled with batteries these systems can provide power even when the sun is not shining.
  • Kinetic Energy Harvesting: Self-generated power reduces the need for energy sustainment in austere locations. CP&ID engineers have demonstrated that another important source of energy may be Soldiers themselves. Kinetic Energy Harvesting is achieved by gathering "wasted" energy such as movement while walking. CP&ID research has shown that sufficient energy can be found to run modern, low-power computing devices.

CP&ID’s research in Energy Informed Operations combines computers, power and protocols to produce advanced intelligent grids. By making power generation, storage, conversion and transmission components "smart," CP&ID engineers have demonstrated that power grids can work with energy consumers to optimize efficiency while delivering needed Army capability.

The CP&ID Prototype, Integration and Testing Facility, or PIF, is a Government Owned, Government Operated (GOGO) facility that provides engineering design, development, fabrication, installation, integration, fielding support and environmental testing for shelter, vehicle, aircraft, watercraft and Soldier prototype C4ISR systems.

The facility features a state-of-the-art environmental test lab used to evaluate and ruggedize systems and components to ensure they survive harsh tactical environments.