U.S. Army tactical computing experts eye deploying software coders at the tactical edge of the battlefield

Nov. 5, 2020
The Army isn’t just demonstrating the need for these types of technical experts out at Project Convergence, but have been doing so around the world.

WASHINGTON – A recent high-tech exercise at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., demonstrated to U.S. Army leaders how important having software coders on the battlefield will be going forward against near-peer adversaries. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

5 Nov. 2020 -- “We have to have coders at the edge,” says Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, who led the Project Convergence campaign of learning over a six-week period from August into September.

But having coders on the battlefield isn’t simple because networks have to be configured so they are secure and such a possibility will still require a hard look at tactics, techniques and procedures.

Some have argued it’s hard to convince software engineers, coders, or even hackers that their place is with the U.S. Army due to perceived culture clash. Tech-savvy soldiers will be critical on the future battlefield.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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