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Samsung Solutions and Partner Showcase Event

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Last month, Juggernaut hosted a Samsung Solutions and Partner Showcase Event at their new Headquarters in DC Ranch, located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first event of its kind, this event focused on bringing together solutions providers for mobile devices, dedicated-band service providers, mobile device accessories and TAK (Team Awareness Kit) integrators. 

Utilizing all of the conference rooms, social areas and outdoor parking for partner showcases, vehicles and kit displays, end-users and industry had a great collaborative event at Juggernaut. 

Solutions providers at the event included:

Samsung Federal Team

Juggernaut.Case

Axon

PAR Government

Privoro

ICOM/Dark Wolf

GoX Labs

HAVIS

AT&T FirstNet

DataSoft, Gambit ID, Socrates

The next event is planned for Miami, FL on June 19, 2024 to be held at Miami-Dade College. For more information, please contact Todd Maxwell, Director, Samsung Head of Government BD at:  t.maxwell@sea.samsung.com

Army Enters into Development Phase of the Joint Targeting Fires Product

Monday, March 11th, 2024

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army has officially started development of a new software that will automate the fires targeting process, giving commanders rapid data, situational awareness, and visualization to successfully deliver fires.

The software, known as Joint Targeting Integrated Command and Coordination Suite, or JTIC2S, will replace the Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System, JADOCS, and provide fires targeting capability and a joint fires targeting common operational pictures across forces.

Now in the engineering and manufacturing development phase, the Army will develop the software’s first iteration known as the minimum viable product, conduct testing in the field, incorporate Soldier feedback and then look to industry to further develop the software’s capabilities.

“Entering this phase of development is an exceptional achievement and a critical step to consolidating safety-critical fires software onto a single baseline,” said Col. Matthew Paul, project manager for Mission Command at Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications – Tactical, known as PEO C3T. “While JADOCS has served the Army well for more than 30 years, moving to JTIC2S will allow us to keep pace with the speed of technology, evolving Army priorities, and help us deliver a product that is effective for the warfighter.”

PEO C3T has determined the JTIC2S and the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System Artillery Execution Suite and collective capabilities/development effort is considered a Fires Safety Critical Baseline. This capability will leverage a common back-end architecture, an open application programming interface and a common/intuitive role-based user interface shared by all fire support command and control and mission command systems using Tactical Assault Kit software.

As a software-only program, JTIC2S will link sensors to shooters without the need for specific hardware. It will provide rapid target engagement, near real-time access to friendly and enemy unit data, and be fully interoperable with Army, joint, intelligence community and coalition forces systems. Military service branches across echelons will utilize the functions within JTIC2S to support combined joint all-domain command and control and joint all-domain operations against a near-peer adversary.

Data, once tracked through Excel and PowerPoint files, will now be automated and displayed through 4D visualization to help commanders see themselves in time and space. The new system will utilize Tactical Assault Kit, a situational awareness web application that provides quick access to a common operating picture. JTIC2S will also be able to process varying data formats and leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to aid commanders and forces in the decision-making process.

“Modernizing this software means the Army will be agile and responsive to the needs of the operational force,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Godwin, product manager for PEO C3T Fire Support Command and Control. “It will also be backwards compatible with JADOCS so that joint forces that continue to use JADOCS will still be able to communicate effectively. We know that theaters fight differently. Developing JTIC2S as a software only program will help us integrate into any network, and as technology enhances, we can make changes without a lot of time and money.”

The Army plans to use a multi-vendor approach for contracting and will be seeking various industry partners later in the fiscal year to help build this iterative software in addition to Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System Artillery Execution Suite and the Fires Safety Critical Baseline.

By Danielle Kress, PEO C3T Public Affairs

Tough Stump University Offers TAK U for both MIL & CIV Versions

Sunday, January 21st, 2024

• Does your unit use ATAK and need a refresher of the basics?

• Could your team benefit from a mass basic ATAK course?

• Do you want your personnel to be both competent & confident in the tools ATAK has to offer?

Tough Stump University offers TAK U for both MIL & CIV versions.

The course can be licensed out to a large group of students or taken on an individual basis! Both options are available to ensure ATAK users are building their teams’ situational awareness with confidence.

For more information, visit university.toughstump.com

For custom packages or questions, email tstu@toughstump.com

Dominus Technological at SHOT Show

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Meetings are by appointment only – email SHOTshow@oksi.ai

TAK Stak from VK Integrated Systems

Thursday, November 30th, 2023

TAK Stack is the one stop shop for all things TAK related! Our application has multiple free features and resources to let users download the full CIV TAK api, the most updated Map Imagery, the latest versions of the most popular plugins, and how-to user guides. Along with the ability to subscribe to your own encrypted private server and access to the Mission After-Action Review System (M.A.R.S.)

No longer will users have to source all the additional add-ons from across the web to get the maximum use of ATAK, everything is conveniently located in one location!

Download TAK Stack from the Playstore.

SOFWERX – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Pre-Release for Visual Augmentation Systems (VAS) Range Finder

Monday, July 10th, 2023

The USSOCOM Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program will soon be accepting submissions for the technology area of interest below.

Special Area of Interest

PHASE I:
SOCOM234-003: Visual Augmentation Systems (VAS) Range Finder

SOF ground forces require an improved capability for situational awareness allowing reliable and effective day/night observation and range measurement in a small, low-cost, easy to use device in primarily urban or near- urban environments with ambient light sources.

Current observation and range measurement solutions possess the following requirements:

• requires digital integration

• requires low-light or night capability

• Too large

• Cost prohibitive

• Require active emission of laser energy

• Lack user-assistance, limiting the effective range

• Lack feedback mechanisms that allow the user to be sure of their measurement

Potential solutions should hyper enable the SOF operator by interrogating a potential target with its integrated sensors, organizing that gathered information in a useful manor, and reliably disseminating it via Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) interface to the End User Device (EUD).

Potential solutions include integrated sensing solutions capable of aiding the user in detecting human sized targets at the maximum possible distance for both day and night urban environments. Solutions must enable the user to gather range measurements to target types that include, but are not limited to humans, vehicles and buildings. Solutions utilizing a laser transmitter for range measurement must maintain user safety by using a laser with wavelength greater than 1400 nanometers and also by not exceeding the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Class 1 laser hazard classification.

Potential solutions shall be capable of surviving all environments that SOF encounters, including immersion, transportation vibration, high and low temperatures, high humidity, high altitude, drops and shocks, rain, ice, sand and dust, salt fog, and electromagnetic radiation. Participants are encouraged to outline the design trades associated with surviving immersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes.

The innovative research should focus on solutions that can be adapted to meet the size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints listed below.

• Less than 18 oz. (1.125lbs) with power source(s) installed.

• Less than 64 cubic inches in volume, and not exceed 6 inches in either length, width, or height.

• Potential solutions must provide the operator with the following runtime profile before requiring a change of power source.

o Daytime: 30 minutes of observation including 75 range measurements; and

o Nighttime: 30 minutes of observation including 75 range measurements; and

o 20 Rapid Ranging Events: A Rapid Ranging Event can be described as follows. User detects an object of interest while not using the device. User then picks up the device and utilizes its range measurement capability until user is confident, they have an accurate range measurement to the object of interest.

Clarifying Information: The purpose of this effort is not to generate precise target coordinates. For any target coordinates that the integrated sensing solution can generate, it should be able to communicate those digitally into TAK with all associated errors.

Submissions Open 20 July 2023 12:00 PM ET (Noon). On 20 July, SOFWERX will host a virtual Q&A session for the area of interest. RSVP to the Q&A session at events.sofwerx.org/sbir23-4r3.

AFRL Technology Aids Operators During Afghanistan Evacuation

Saturday, April 29th, 2023

ROME, N.Y. (AFRL) — Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, refined a fielded tool called the Tactical Awareness Kit, or TAK, to aid operators in the fall 2021 Afghanistan evacuation. The kit has also been adapted to fit the missions of local, state and federal agencies in fighting wildfires and responding to natural disasters.

TAK is a technology developed by AFRL scientists and engineers that has been transitioned to and used by numerous U.S. and international warfighters, including special operations and civilian users.


A U.S. Air Force security forces raven, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, maintains security aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of the Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2021. Support from Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, systems like Tactical Awareness Kit, or TAK, helped facilitate safe extractions of families and US civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen)

As U.S. warfighters completed the main evacuation effort in Afghanistan in 2021, many Afghan allies and U.S. civilians still needed to get to safety. AFRL’s Information Systems Division, part of the lab’s Information Directorate at Rome, New York, employed the use of TAK to connect evacuees safely and securely with operators.

“AFRL’s unique system ensured that only the sender and recipient could access the needed information for the extractions,” said Capt. Landon Tomcho, an AFRL program manager. “Furthermore, the TAK system is already established in the operator community. The agile development principals integrated into the TAK ecosystem since its transition allowed the AFRL teams to apply their expert knowledge to rapidly create and employ a scenario-specific solution.”

AFRL’s Information Directorate monitored the efforts in Afghanistan and worked to understand the operating environment and situations before planning the implementation of changes needed for use. However, getting to delivery and implementation of TAK took tenacity, development, and dozens of phone calls, said Tomcho. These efforts resulted in AFRL connecting with the proper entities to put the TAK secure communications tool into the hands of the warfighters conducting the extractions to help direct individuals to safety and keep them safe.


A U.S. Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command escorts a family during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2021. U.S. service members assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan. Support from Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, systems such as the Tactical Awareness Kit, or TAK, helped facilitate safe extractions of families and U.S. civilians.

“Having a flexible and secure means of communication would be critical to the former special operators who joined the extraction missions,” Tomcho said. “These operators had all the right tactical skills; they just needed a bit of extra technology to provide greater situational awareness.”

Ryan McLean, director of TAK product center, said his team is proud to support the Information Directorate by tackling issues such as humanitarian assistance.

“As the Allied information dominance platform, TAK delivers world-class situational awareness through a family of networked geospatial products,” McLean said. “Capt. Tomcho’s successful efforts show how the TAK products enable a rapid convergence of innovation, initiative and impact when lives are on the line.”

Additionally, instead of using an app on a dedicated device to track critical assets, the platform was re-tasked to a web portal environment, said Tomcho. The access portal allowed operators to see specific location coordinates for the extractions from any device with an internet connection. Since the platform was secure, it was the optimal solution for communication between operators and the extraction parties. It provided greater access to ensure they could receive communications and critical information in limited access environments. Because of the security, hackers are unable to decipher information.


Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, researchers and technical teammates re-tasked a current fielded tool called Tactical Awareness Kit, or TAK, to directly assist extraction efforts by operators in Afghanistan in the Fall of 2021 and increase the chances of success. USAF tactical air control warfighters demonstrated the capabilities of the TAK system — similar to those used during operations to evacuate U.S. citizens and allies in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo)

“In the end, AFRL researchers deployed a highly successful secure communications solution to operators that saved numerous lives,” Tomcho said.

AFRL’s application was leveraged to communicate information only the sender and recipient could securely verify, facilitating efficient and safe extractions.

www.afresearchlab.com

By Marc Denofio, Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs

Introducing MARS: Web Application for After-Action Reports

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Clarksville, TN- VK Integrated Systems (VKIS), a leading provider of innovative technology solutions, is excited to announce the creation and launch of MARS (Mapping After-Action Review System). MARS is a revolutionary web application that is designed to work in conjunction with TAK servers; this enables users to access and view historical location and shot date through an interactive timeline.

MARS empowers users to easily play, pause, and rewind mission data based on the date it was collected. Utilizing data stored in a secure database, MARS incorporates the intormation into its playback tool, including shot location and direction when paired with compatble equipment.

This endanced report visual provides the reviewer with a beter undersancine of the on-ground action, improving potential gaps in existing technology, and enabling better planning for the future.

Our scalable and customizable technology solution is tailored to meet the unique needs of any user or organization, offering real-time data analytics and reporting for valuable insights and information. Let VK Integrated Systems handle the back-end data while you complete the mission.

For more information on sensor technolooy and warfighter innovations. visit sat.vkintsys.com.