APNT/Space team aims to advance navigation capabilities

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APNT/Space Modernization Gives US Army a Clearer View of the Multi-Domain Battlefield

U.S. Army soldiers experiment with new PNTT/Assured space equipment during PNT 2021 Evaluation Exercise at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. (Photo: US Army/Austin Thomas, Army Futures Command)

US Army Futures Command News

The Cross-Functional Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Team – APNT/Space CFT – takes a multidimensional approach to understanding and preparing for future warfare.

The team – based in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama – is dedicated to advancing the military’s tactical and navigational capabilities and ensuring the soldiers of tomorrow have the modern situational tools they need to maneuver with the greatest precision, safety and competence.

CFT is making significant progress toward this goal by leveraging iterative developments, remaining open to new technologies, and committing to continuously evolve PNT equipment and systems to meet changing threats and needs.

“Our cross-functional team will continue to assess and strengthen the future of our operating environments, threats and emerging technologies to ensure our military is ready for 2030 and beyond. We will continue to support the development of requirements and the delivery of reliable solutions to the soldier,” said Michael C. Monteleone III, Director of APNT/Space CFT, reiterating the team’s focus on nimble and consistent capability. to enable the success of future fighters.

According to Army planners, the likelihood of future operations spanning various domains – air, land, sea, space, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum – means soldiers will need more flexible and expansive resources to inform their movements and operations. .

To facilitate this, the APNT/Space CFT conducts rigorous field experimentation and prototype evaluation and writes detailed requirements for state-of-the-art hardware solutions, which the military can then develop and use to improve collection. information and data accuracy without disrupting or adding additional burden to soldier operations.

Experimentation for APNT/Space takes place on the ground and in the air, including along the electromagnetic spectrum – sometimes called the “invisible battlefield” – and in the low Earth orbit of space.

In these frequently overlapping areas, APNT/Space CFT is investigating alternative GPS capabilities and other navigation resources already in use, while evaluating how best to integrate new anti-jamming features, electronic support, inertial navigation and vision-based navigation platforms.

The CFT regularly coordinates with industry, joint partners and other government agencies to identify and explore solutions that are modular, scalable and fully suitable for multiple platforms, as well as upgrades and adjustments to equipment and to systems over time.

Modern PNT tools under development and fielding include mounted, unmounted and alternative navigation systems, situational awareness devices and next-generation sensors that enable flexibility and optimal performance against threats.

In space, CFT is developing a strategy to provide survivable, responsive and resilient intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities in low Earth orbit, as well as the ability to share information rapidly and safely with tactical commanders on the ground.

The team’s experts are also focused on understanding and preparing for the future of navigational warfare, or NAVWAR, which will require sophisticated offensive and defensive systems to produce tactical advantages and enable overshoot. To encourage synchronization of efforts on this front, CFT is working closely with military partners to draft an overarching NAVWAR strategy that aligns with US Department of Defense NAVWAR plans, but is also tailored to unique needs of the military.

By studying and preparing for multi-domain operations and experimenting with the latest technologies available, the APNT/Space CFT plays a vital role in helping the army equip soldiers with more mobile, scalable and interoperable navigation devices, strengthening thus the agility of the future force.

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