Secure Wireless Solutions for Tactical, Expeditionary, + Deployable Communications
Published in Milsat Magazine.
By Dominic Perez, CTO at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) tactical/expeditionary networking and command post programs have a widely acknowledged the critical need to improve mobility. The current state of the art for tent-based command posts requires hours or days of setup, which includes thousands of feet of copper wiring that delays network availability.
To enable mobility for warfighting, the National Security Agency (NSA) established a program (with a set of guidelines) called “Commercial Solutions for Classified” (CSfC). CSfC-based mobility solutions are currently being fielded by the U.S. Marine Corps and by U.S. Army programs of record to provide command post mobility and soldier dismounted situational awareness, including using ground vehicles as network nodes and mobile command posts. However, the extensive requirements and processes involved are complex and not well-understood. This article compares various CSfC network architectures and proposes several approaches for CSfC solutions optimized for mobility use cases.
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Dominic Perez joined Curtiss-Wright PacStar in 2008 as part of the company’s Quality Department. He took an active role in product development and was part of the team that created PacStar’s first small form factor 1200-Series that evolved into the industry leading PacStar 400-Series product line.
In 2013 he led PacStar’s Quality Systems and Networking Engineering departments, which among other responsibilities created PacStar’s small form factor Secure Wireless Command Post. He was promoted to Vice President of Systems Engineering in 2020 and tasked to lead the development of the company’s next generation of integrated solutions. In 2021 he was promoted to Chief Technical Officer and appointed a Technical Fellow at Curtiss-Wright.
PacStar Communications Solutions
Combining tactical networking equipment and software, our PacStar tactical communications solutions enable enhanced battlefield situational awareness down to the individual warfighter. Our solutions for battlefield network management include commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based rugged, small form factor communications systems and proprietary IQ-Core Software for integrated network communications management.