The Army has released a pre-RFP for a new Company Command Post System. For (roughly) $400M the PM for Command Post Systems & Integration (CPS&I) hopes industry can deliver a net-centric supportable, tent-based, trailer mounted, modular & reconfigurable platform with the capability for 2 separate LAN's (up to 9 servers), VOIP (monitoring up to 64 channels), support to 13 different tactial radio types (sidebar: there are 13 different tactical radio types?!), large screen displays, and up to 32 user/operation stations. It will support operations on 3 tiers:
Tier 1: Dismounted Operations in Complex, Restrictive Terrain
Tier 2: Operations Supported with Wheeled, Armored, or Mechanized Forces
Tier 3: Operations from a Secure Forward Operating Base (FOB)
Another interesting Army RFP -- seems relatively open-ended and specifically tailored for immediate fielding into real-world tactical environments. Motivated by curiosity and/or ignorance, the following questions come to mind:
>>> What is it about the current tent-based, modular system(s) that falls short of CPS&I's thoughtful and informed requirements?
>>> Does it seem remarkable that a system like this is not already fielded? I mean, before we build another fighter jet should we not spend some time and money to get Company Commanders an integrated view of their increasingly dispersed and complex operations on the battlefield?
>>> Maybe it is built into some of the technical specs, but there is no visible mention of the capability to support data and operations of new distributed systems like UAV, UGV. Not important?