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THE LAST MILE FIRST Lieutenant Colonel Jim Dryburgh Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals Capability Branch New Zealand Defence Force.

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1 THE LAST MILE FIRST Lieutenant Colonel Jim Dryburgh Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals Capability Branch New Zealand Defence Force

2 Thoughts “ Give me three good sections, add a solid headquarters and we got the makings of a great Platoon... Give me three good platoons add a solid headquarters and we’ve got the makings of a great Company... Provide the right level of organic support from Combat Support and Combat Service Support Arms and we have a Combined Arms Task Group……NZ’s LAND PLATFORM”

3 Sequence A2CBL Overview NZ Army Operations The Last Mile NZ Operating Context NZ C4 Enabling Concepts The Way Ahead

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5 AC2BL – Role and Function The role for the AC2BL is to develop People, build relationships, expose and evaluate technology and integrate chosen solutions - Enabling Army to: -Provide focussed experimentation in Land C4 to support the introduction of a LAND C4 capability as part of the NZDF LAND C4ISR Project. -Grow as an organisation -Meet the C4ISR Environment of the future (FLOC) -Assure the land component of NEC

6 Currently an Informal Arrangement. –Product Selection. HP was engaged to help the Battle Lab select the most appropriate components for experimentation in NZ. –Knowledge Transfer. Essential for Battle Lab project delivery, and in the longer term to help bridge Army’s knowledge gap. –Integration Assistance. HP assisted Army to integrate components and systems in order to provide an end-to-end solution. Capability Delivery. –Evolutionary Acquisition. –Architectures. Creation of a deployable architecture within an enterprise architecture. Use of other best practice, including project management, stakeholder engagement and governance. –A Partnership for System Integration. A formal role for an NZ based system integrator to work alongside Army. –A Programme Based Approach. Project teams formed for specific tasks. Battle Lab Industry Engagement

7 Industry Partnership

8 Three Years of Experimentation Oct 2005 Start of basic research and winning the internal information campaign thus allocation of resources Jun 2006 CWID Internal Experiment Jun nd CWID Internal Experiment Oct 2007 LAV Coy Assessment Jun 2008 ISR Experimentation Jun 2009 Tactical Area Networked Environment Demonstration Oct 2009 Tactical Area Networked Environment Bn Level Exercise Validated Concepts through Failures and Successes

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10 Operations Since 1994 Of company size or smaller. Battalion deployed to East Timor in 1999 was the largest commitment Mounted and Dismounted Patrols mainly operating from FOBs Conducted in partnership (Coalition). focused on maintaining security, law and order, and providing humanitarian relief. Troop Rotation four to six months. Characterised by the need to support significant operations simultaneously in different countries. Joint effects delivered by coalition partners RESTRICTED

11 and operations in TEN countries around the world Today the NZ Army is involved in FOURTEEN missions

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13 The Last Mile We have defined the last mile as the provision of the Command and Control Support System to the Soldier, Platform and Command Post at Combat team and below.

14 The Last Mile (Why) NZ Army Developing Combat Team focus Operate Dispersed Platoons Greatest need Efficient and Effective of Resources (People and Finance) Tangible RESTRICTED It is the level at which we Train, Operate and Fight and lays a platform for growth and diversity

15 The Last Mile People –Training, education and change ( Learning Organisation) –War fighters in the Job now – OC, XO, Pl & Sect Comd + Soldiers –Technical Personnel Information –Corporate + Tactical blending –Raw + Processed –Near and real-time sharing and collaboration. Networks – Team, Area, Theatre and Strategic “Launch & Learn” RESTRICTED

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17 Future Land Operating Concept

18 Is designed to meet future challenges Recognises need to engage in close combat Realises technology and improved situational awareness enables better combat decision making Reflects NZ Army’s enduring ethos and values Network Enabled Army provides opportunities to meet the future intent (FLOC)

19 Deployment

20 Multi Role - Multi Mission

21 Soldier Team Command Operating Environment Outcomes Cardinal Points Degrees of Arrangement Degrees of Capacity Degrees of Connectivity Degrees of Interoperability

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23 Design Drivers –Force projection and protection –Coalition support for Situational Awareness. –Operations are conducted in non-contiguous areas of operations with tailored, widely dispersed units that are mobile and lethal. –Access to a Global Information environment. –Need to reduce footprints through reach back. –Enable the Soldier, Team and Commander to mass effects rather than forces. RESTRICTED

24 Common Services Voice Collaboration and Messaging Common Operating Picture Publish, Discover, Subscribe Productivity Tools

25 Information Flows and Categories –Collaborative Planning Information –Situational Awareness Information –Intelligence Information –Multinational Information –Support information RESTRICTED

26 Emerging Concepts and Capabilities C4 Support Group –Theatre Communications Access Node –Forward Information Systems Team –Network Operations Section (Including Computer Network Defence) –Patrol Signaller (C4 Operator???) Network Enabled Elements –Soldier –Platform –Command Post Key Concepts –Tactical Area Networked Environment –TATS ( Team, Area, Theatre Strategic) - Talk Zones –Common Universal Bearer System –EOIP –Interoperability Touch Points

27 Tactical Area Network Environment Tactical Area Network Environment (TANE) Battlefield Communications Infrastructure Tactical Information Environment Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems Platform Integration (Command Post, Platform, Soldier)

28 Tactical Area Networked Environment

29 Theatre Communications Access Node

30 Forward Information Systems Team

31 Common Universal Bearer System (CUBS)

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33 Network Enabled Soldier Network-enabled soldier. Secure voice/data communications (Harris’s SPR) integrated with a rugged BMS for the dismounted soldier from Cobham (enabling Battle Lab's Blue Force Tracking (BFT) system). Augmented with Multiband Radios (117G/148)

34 Network-enabled platforms. Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) and Light Operational Vehicles (LOV) fitted with the Battle-Hawk Battle Management System (BMS) from Cobham Defence Communications, and high capacity data communications (HCDR & SPR) from Harris Corporation. LAV also Fitted with Harris 117G Network Enabled Platforms

35 Command Post Pod RESTRICTED DUTY OFFICER PLOTTER PRINTER FLAT PANEL ARRAY COP ISR CP LOG FLAT PANEL ARRAY COP ISR CP LOG HCDR VHF NETS HF NETS HCDR VHF NETS HF NETS MASTS UNIFIED VOICE SERVICES  MILSAT COM  BGAN SAT  MILSAT COM  BGAN SAT CELL DUTY OFFR DC2S TERMINAL CP DUTY OFFR UNCLAS/RESTRICTED TERMINAL UNCLAS/RESTRICTED TERMINAL TANE TERMINAL(S) CELL OPS CLK/SIG COALITION TERMINAL DATA ACCESS BRICK

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37 What We Are Doing Adopt a common information model Adopt an Architectural Approach Minimal Application Environment 60% of Something... Keep complexity at the core - Simplicity at the edge Simple things superbly

38 What we need to investigate Where are the interoperability touch points? What are the Information Exchange Requirement standards? How do we blend Business and Battle space? How do we protect?

39 Way Ahead Building Blocks

40 Battle lab– a glimpse of the future Questions


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