Wireless Communications for Improved Operations and Maintenance – Phase IV

NCMS Project #: 142048

Problem: Despite the benefits, wireless technology comes with challenges.  Managers looking to implement or upgrade a wireless application must identify the specific challenges that come with introducing this technology into a department’s daily workflow and devise solutions for those problems.

Benefit: Understanding all issues around communications vulnerabilities, including cyber security issues, will allow organizations to choose the best system for their enterprise.

Solution/Approach: While Phase II provided the data needed for demonstration of a WVI-S into a ground combat vehicle in a field environment, and Phase III focused on the solution of testing, maintenance, sustainment, and fielding of the WVI-S, Phase IV will address the ever-present issue of security vulnerabilities in communications systems that could be exposed by adversaries.  This effort will provide the commercial industry with critical knowledge to help successfully obtain the proper security protocols and certifications required for an NSA Type-1 compliant intercom system that will thwart exposure by malicious entities.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Constant connectivity 
  • Flexibility of hands-free operation 
  • Accelerated regulatory compliance 
  • Increase warfighter readiness and lethality 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army, Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command

Industry Participation:

  • Ricardo Defense, Incorporated
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement