Army, Marine Corps, tech

Human Terrain and Counterinsurgency

Col. Daniel S. Roper, director, U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, discusses lessons learned in counterinsurgency with Brigadier Farhat Abbas Sani, Pakistan Military Air Defense brigade commander, during the Third Army/U.S. Army Central's Counterinsurgency Information Exchange in Atlanta

Col. Daniel S. Roper, director, U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, discusses lessons learned in counterinsurgency with Brigadier Farhat Abbas Sani, Pakistan Military Air Defense brigade commander, during the Third Army/U.S. Army Central's Counterinsurgency Information Exchange in Atlanta

Today, I had an opportunity to talk with Col. Daniel S. Roper, the director of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center at Ft. Leavenworth, as part of the series of Blogger Round Tables that DOD Public Affairs hosts.

I asked him about the role of “human terrain” — and the Human Terrain System, which I covered earlier this year for C4ISR Journal — in counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, as well as the challenges of getting good intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.

Here’s part of  that interview, with his response on HTS:

B+B: Could you talk about the role of human terrain data in couterinsurgency operations, in terms of the impact of the kind of data you’re getting from HTT’s in Afghanistan?

Col. Roper: THe Human Terrain System and the Human Terrain Teams , for everybody’s point of reference — they’re small teams of anthropologists and sociologists, people that have historical understanding of the human dynamics of a particular area. As a matter of fact, this week we were conducting counterinsurgency training and education as part of the pre-deployment course for the human terrain teams as they prepare for their particular area of operations.

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Army, Contractors & Vendors, Defense Department, Harris, Marine Corps

Harris ships its 100,000th JTRS-approved handheld radio

From the release:

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company,today is delivering its 100,000th Falcon III(R) AN/PRC-152( C ), a multiband handheld radio that is providing improved secure real-time communication between deployed forces at all levels during combat and crisis.

The software-defined AN/PRC-152( C ) is the most widely deployed JTRS-approved radio. Currently in use by all branches of the DoD, many allies and U.S.
federal agencies, the radio was funded by Harris Corporation and is being procured under the JTRS Enterprise Business Model. This development work has also yielded the only JTRS-approved wideband networking radio available today, the Falcon III AN/PRC-117(G).

The 100,000th radio was presented to the U.S. Army in a ceremony at Harris RF Communications facilities in Rochester, New York. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, joined Harris RF management and employees to celebrate the milestone.

“Congress, the DoD, Harris and the JTRS Joint Program Executive Office share
an unwavering commitment to get urgently needed networked communication
solutions to the field as quickly as possible,” said Dana Mehnert, Group
President, Harris RF Communications. “Harris Corporation is supporting this
imperative by delivering the JTRS-approved AN/PRC-152( C ) and the AN/PRC-117G manpack. These radios are in full production and are helping our armed
services field JTRS capabilities to address real-world missions today while providing the upgradeability to adapt to future standards and requirements.”

The multiband, multimission Falcon III AN/PRC-152( C ) radio is available in handheld and vehicular “grab-and-go” configurations and provides advanced communications interoperability to U.S. and allied forces, as well as federal agencies. The radio has significantly advanced the speed and reliability of voice-and-data communications on the battlefield.

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