Army takes aim at patching software for combat systems months faster using servers instead of mailed disks

Aug. 3, 2020
Army considers automated technology to scan combat software to discern its version, and patch the system automatically if it's using old software.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army is making a heavy push this year to finish its common software repository -- a platform meant to provide software patches for combat systems months faster than the current process. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

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3 Aug. 2020 -- Under the current system, patches would arrive on disks in the mail on a quarterly basis. That system would put units 90 days behind where they should be, assuming that the patch took place as soon as the updates arrived.

Instead, the common software repository will be on a centralized server for the Non-classified Internet Protocol (IP) Router Network (NIPRNet) and the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet).

The software repository will house all the software that army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) sustains with software patching and other services. The site will be hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency, and will be accessible for users across the globe.

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