Army seeking more mobile command posts

By Nickolai Sukharev / November 22, 2023 at 12:25 PM

The Army is exploring ways to make field command posts more mobile as part of the Command Post Integrated Infrastructure (CPI2) program, the service announced Friday.

“Commanders must have the ability to set up and configure their [command posts] to meet unique mission and terrain needs and constraints,” the announcement reads.

In addition to mobility, the Army is asking industry how they can integrate battlefield command posts into existing and future command and control systems.

The RFI asks entrants to maximize mobility, create transit case-based configuration, diversify transport options and implement on-the-move capabilities for future command posts.

“The Army would like to provide commanders options with possibly multiple configurations based on mission type and operating environment,” the announcement adds.

Under the CPI2 program, the Army is developing a mobile command post based on vehicles and wireless systems, replacing the traditional tent and cable wiring.

In 2021, an operational test revealed that Army units were able to disperse over greater distances while maintaining connectivity, Inside Defense reported at the time.

Along with a command post vehicle, the CPI2 will also include a set of digitally connected workstations and a support system to provide multiple operating pictures simultaneously, according to the Program Executive Office for Command Control Communications-Tactical.

The Army will utilize government off-the-shelf and commercial-off-the-shelf technologies.

Currently, the Army is also developing the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, which is designed to integrate and connect the service’s numerous missiles into a single command and control system.