APNT/Space Modernization Gives the Army a Clearer View of the Multi-Domain Battlefield | Article

U.S. Army soldiers experiment with new Positioning, Navigation, and Timing/Space Assured equipment during the 2021 Army Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Evaluation Exercise at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
(Photo Credit: US Army Photo by Austin Thomas, Army Futures Command)


AUSTIN, Texas – The Cross-Functional Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Team (APNT/Space CFT) takes a multidimensional approach to understanding and preparing for future warfare.

The team, based in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is dedicated to advancing the military’s tactical and navigational capabilities and ensuring the soldiers of tomorrow have the modern situational tools they need to maneuver with greater precision, safety and competence.

CFT is making significant progress toward this goal by leveraging iterative developments, remaining open to new technologies, and committing to continuously evolve PNT equipment and systems to meet changing threats and needs.

“Our cross-functional team will continue to assess and strengthen the future of our operating environments, threats and emerging technologies to ensure our military is ready for 2030 and beyond. We will continue to support the development of requirements and the provision reliable solutions to the soldier,” said Michael C. Monteleone III, Director of APNT/Space CFT, reiterating the team’s focus on rapid and consistent success for future combatants.

According to Army planners, the likelihood of future operations spanning various domains – air, land, sea, space, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum – means soldiers will need more flexible and expansive resources to inform their movements and operations. .

To facilitate this, the APNT/Space CFT conducts rigorous field experimentation and prototype evaluation and writes detailed requirements for state-of-the-art hardware solutions, which the military can then develop and use to improve collection. information and data accuracy without disrupting or adding additional burden to soldier operations.

Experimentation for APNT/Space takes place on the ground and in the air, including along the electromagnetic spectrum – sometimes referred to as the “invisible battlefield” – and in space’s low Earth orbit (LEO).

In these frequently overlapping areas, APNT/Space CFT is studying alternative capabilities of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other navigation resources already in use while evaluating how best to integrate new anti-jamming features, electronic support, inertial navigation systems and vision-based systems. navigational platforms.

The CFT regularly coordinates with industry, joint partners and other government agencies to identify and explore solutions that are modular, scalable and fully suitable for multiple platforms, as well as upgrades and adjustments to equipment and to systems over time.

Modern PNT tools currently being developed and fielded include mounted, unmounted and alternative navigation systems, situational awareness devices and next-generation sensors designed to enable flexibility and optimal performance against threats.

In the space domain, CFT is developing a strategy to provide survivable, responsive and resilient intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and communications capabilities in LEO, as well as the ability to share information quickly and safely with tactical commanders in the field.

The team’s experts are also focused on understanding and preparing for the future of navigational warfare (NAVWAR), which will require sophisticated offensive and defensive systems to produce tactical advantages and enable overshoot. To encourage synchronization of efforts on this front, CFT is working closely with military partners to draft an overarching NAVWAR strategy that aligns with US Department of Defense NAVWAR plans, but is also tailored to unique needs of the military.

By studying and preparing for multi-domain operations and experimenting with the newest technologies available, the APNT/Space CFT plays a vital role in helping the military equip soldiers with more mobile, scalable navigation devices. and interoperable, thus enhancing the agility of the future force.