We were excited to demo our [name removed] platform and found it to be a great event to attend. We look forward to attending more in the future. Thanks again!
The TNT feedback was very useful and [company removed] will work with greater lead-time to better prepare for the experiment and completely participate for better results. We look forward to future opportunities to work with SOCOM in the TNT environment to determine desired capabilities of the Special Operations community while hopefully exposing to SOF the capabilities and technologies developed by [company removed] and other industry.
Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the TNT 12-3 CBE at Camp Roberts. The opportunity provided an ideal venue for [company removed] to interface with and seek input from key SOF Operators and government personnel. We hope future opportunities will be available as our technology matures to operational readiness.
Again, I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in this exercise. It was very beneficial to our sponsors and [company removed].
Thank you once again for hosting a wonderful event and allowing us to participate and receive valuable feedback from the Army SOF team. We look forward to participating in future events.
Thank you for inviting us to participate. The collaboration with government and other commercial entities was valuable. The experimental data was also valuable. We look forward to future events.
Thanks again for allowing us to participate in this great event. We look forward to participating in future events.
As you will see, this exercise was probably the most revealing of all of the T&E's we have done, all the way back to last July when we started T&E'ing this kit!
Our gratitude is immeasurable for this opportunity. We hope that we will be given an opportunity to return under a new proposed Experiment soon, perhaps at the next TNT in August.
THANK YOU for a very instructive and valued TNT experience. It didn't go as well as we had expected, but we got invaluable feedback and some really important learning that we had not gained with over 10 months of work with operators before this event. Our work priorities are now refreshed, and we discovered an attribute of our system that has always been there, and that can accelerate our elevation of the technology to a level that might be considered worthy of a new eval.
You are all to be congratulated for a smooth and completely supportive event.
We had tremendous success! We firmly accomplished 100% of our objectives per the white paper. The flight was approximately an hour and two minutes total time in flight. We successfully demonstrated our ability to generate a real-time, streaming EO video overlaid on map while simultaneously disseminating the received data.
On behalf of all of us at [company removed], I would like to thank all of the SOCOM folks at TNT. We greatly appreciated your support. I hope that you found value for SOCOM in our company. We look forward to future TNT weeks in the years to come!
Shooters were "operational" representatives who could evaluate the [name removed] and total weapon system in a theater-like environment (not an instrumented test range) to determine its utility for the missions where [name removed] is employed. This testing is an important step often missed in the requirements/validation/development/qualification/fielding process. [Company removed] appreciates the opportunity to participate in the TNT and looks forward to the follow-up activities that could lead to fielding these rounds.
The TNT venue was ideal for air-to-ground experimentation with the [name removed] system. The experiment coordinators provided adequate security, facilities, safety and other support services at no additional cost to the [name removed] team. The opportunities for interaction among the participants allowed new technical concepts to be explored, and hopefully will lead to future fielding of an [name removed] capability.
[Company removed] would like to thank the entire defense community that attended the SOCOM TNT for all of their valuable comments, suggestions, and insights during the testing and demonstration of the [Company removed] [Name removed] technology.
The feedback and ideas received from the participants of this TNT event was outstanding and will drive our development efforts for the next few months. This venue and ease of use of the airspace made testing which is usually impossible to occur rapidly and efficiently.
We were able to receive valuable feedback from various user groups on how this technology could potentially assist the warfighter. Although the current configuration of the [Name removed] system may not be useful to some user groups, the technology could assist the warfighter in completing a mission. For example, a rifle mounted system would be beneficial over the current handheld system for particular mission sets. We were fortunate to be able to demonstrate the capabilities of the [Name removed] sensor at this TNT experiment because it is difficult to receive feedback from a wide range of user groups during a single field test.
We had the opportunity to collaborate with several special operations soldiers and personnel who were informative and very candid. There was a tremendous amount of learning and sharing going back and forth. We were able to explain and demonstrate the capability and usefulness of our [name removed] technology, and gain first-hand user feedback and insight into when, why, where, and how this type of technology would be useful to a dismounted soldier.
This was [Company removed] first experience at Camp Roberts during a TNT event and it was an amazing experience and we look forward to participating in upcoming events. During our allotted time I feel we validated all of our experiment requirements and have taken away some great ideas to improve this product. Also, by conducting an ADHOC experiment with [Company removed] we have increased our capabilities and this new capability will be brought to the attention of our customers that are currently operating in theater. I feel the next time the TNT is focusing on communications systems we will be a vital supporter to the event since we have been developing communications ancillaries for over 20 years and we have taken the lead to develop multi-radio, multi‐net and multi‐channel ancillaries. If we participate in an upcoming event that has multiple communications systems being evaluated we will have countless products to integrate with these communications platforms.
The SOF Operators were extremely interested in the [Name removed] and have asked to be kept abreast of our efforts to bring the project to operational readiness.
The value in having this type of venue for industry and users is unparalleled. [Company removed] appreciates the opportunity provided by SOCOM and looks forward to additional opportunities when our [Name removed] matures to the next stage.
Experiments of all participants as well as SOCOM personnel allowed for a fantastic learning experience and identification of areas for improvement
The Army communications support group did a tremendous job of enabling a connected environment
The Airboss did a great job of RF and airspace de-confliction
Avon Park is significantly better suited for this type of TNT during this time of year [February]. There is ample space and the facilities are excellent. We were impressed with how responsive the TNT staff was when one considers the large number of experiments and complexity of the total event.
This was a highly valuable event for [Company removed] - the level of critical feedback and industry cooperation provided us with clarity on how to more aggressively integrate the system with SOCOM's needs as well as successful operation in current engagements. Our general lack of understanding on the workings of TNT may have been prohibitive, though the exposure, user feedback, interface with industry and general exposure were extremely beneficial.
This was our first time attending a TNT event, and we found it very useful and educational. All the participants were very open and collaborative.
The Avon Park venue for TNT is a terrific place to show what you can do. The staff is incredibly helpful and makes sure that all the information to participate safely without infringing on other experiments is provided and that every chance for success is made available. The facility is perfect for this type of work. Set up in the Hangar was prearranged and in place with all the things you required far ahead of time. The computer staff (military) were outstanding in every way. They attempted to assist me in getting the interface going but we didn’t have the knowledge to make it work. When issues with the local wireless network began causing problems they quickly ran a fixed CAT cable to my location.
On behalf of [Company removed] I would like to thank the entire TNT staff, military, civilian, and Post Graduate for a most rewarding experience. Working with the other vendors is a great surprise, not expected anywhere else in industry. This being my third invitation to TNT events I found it absolutely wonderful to see ideas crop up during an experiment and then at another event see that the ideas were put into development to come up with even better solution between partnerships developed by companies who attended. This event structure and support are a breath of fresh air for industry.
This event presented a venue of multiple disciplines (SOMPE, PEO Warrior, Air Force Weather, Marines) that would take months to coordinate if sought after individually. The feedback for this exercise is priceless and the TNT is a valuable tool for any innovative or cutting edge technology. Input in the form of extensions to the work as well as how it unfolds in the mission planning process gave us several avenues to pursue and improve the tool.
The opportunity to collaborate and discuss partnering with industry in attendance proved to be invaluable. [Company removed] has already established 3 proprietary information agreements with companies from the TNT experiment. [Company removed] is interested in enhanced [name removed]. User comments from the TNT experiment are directly influenced the direction of [Company removed] internal funding as we continue to mature the [Name removed].
Over all the exercise was a unique opportunity for the team to get some face time and input from the potential end users of our product. The location was ideal for the demonstration of the system on the MRAP as it allowed us to give introductory training on how to use the system. After we answered any questions participants may have had we were able to take them out on a quick demonstration drive to show the capability of the system while it was on the move.
[Name removed] received outstanding feedback on its core technology from all visitors who observed the demonstration/experiment, especially from the active duty soldiers from USASOC as well as personnel representing MARSOC, AFSOC and the SOF AT&L community. They provided relevant and helpful recommendations for improving the mobility, training, and power footprint of our system. In general, all participants representing the operational community confirmed [Name removed]’s current and planned technology improvements were in line with the desired [name removed] requirements they would want or need to improve force protection.
As a final comment [Company removed] would definitely support future TNT exercises and finds them a valuable tool to expose the SOF community to emerging capabilities such as [Name removed].
Overall, [Company removed]’s experience at Camp Roberts was fantastic. We found that the SOCOM personnel were highly professional, very approachable and dedicated to the war fighter. We would like to thank the SOCOM Technical Experimentation Team for this awesome opportunity!
The SOCOM TNT experience enables direct interaction between operators, administrators and technology developers, and provides space for rich dialogue melding solid technology principals and direct user experience. This interaction enables product development and refinement aimed at providing DOD with capabilities that address a range of needs in a real-world environment. Additionally, a culture of collaboration and innovation fostered by these events encourages industry partnership across disciplines to combine discreet technologies into systems-based capabilities for greater impact on the warfighter mission.
[Company removed] has participated in several TNT events and each time received constructive ideas for system improvement and positive feedback borne out of field use and testing. The support and improvement ideas received have enabled [Company removed]’s products to be showcased across branches and COCOMS via exercises and information sharing, with very positive results. Additionally, [Company removed] has developed collaboration with industry partners in power management and lightweight mobility platforms to present technology systems to DOD partners that are multi-functional and multi-dimensional with the sum being greater than their parts.
The USSOCOM Tactical Network Testbed (TNT) has been, and continues to be, one of the most relevant venues for industry and government to come together for a meeting of the minds on the direction of technology for the current and future Special Operations Warrior. Having been a part of multiple TNT events with two (2) different companies and various technologies, TNT remains a vital testbed for cutting edge developments in industry that will lead to lives saved on the battlefield. This is accomplished through the open communication forum provided during the TNT events, in which SOF S&T representatives and SOF operators evaluate the latest advances in technology, thereby providing on-the-spot and relevant feedback to the industry partner. The feedback given is a vital key to industry’s ability to provide the very best innovations to the world’s very best operators.
As an industry partner in support of USSOCOM’s mission, the TNT events will continue to be a key component to our strategy as we strive to innovate and provide the leading edge in technology to the tip of the spear.
As a participant of TNT representing [Company removed], we would like to extend our thanks and sincere gratitude for having us participate during the SOCOM TNT events. Due to our direct participation, we have been able to gain quick and direct insight on several capabilities that our technology has been able to be integrated into immediately and successfully. We have also been able to stretch ourselves and our technology to the outer edges to begin finding the limitations and failure points of our capability. Having this events that enable technologies and personnel to mingle and integrate with each other for the focus of saving the Warfighter's during crisis situations is a great asset to all. Having the Warfighter's direct experiences, suggestions and insight is one of the most valuable tools that any company could ask for to help in better developing ones capabilities and future focus. With data collection from the testing during the events we have been able to make on the spot modifications and decisions for future programs. It has been a pleasure coming to these events and we look forward to continuing current and future integration efforts with other participants during the TNT event.
I also witnessed a remarkable set of experiments with first-rate research concepts during a Tactical Network Testbed (TNT) event at Camp Roberts. As described on their website, TNT experiments provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational personnel to determine how their efforts may support or enhance capability needs. This venue fosters a collaborative working relationship between government, academia, and industry, with users providing feedback on the utility of research concepts. This interchange accelerates the development of innovative concepts and increases the success of rapidly fielding these concepts to our forces.
112th Signal Battalion support of the Avon Park TNT was an invaluable opportunity for our Soldiers to gain critical technical experience establishing a non-traditional network supporting diverse customers testing leading edge equipment. The importance of the knowledge gained and feedback provided to the numerous participants based on our Soldiers tactical experience cannot be overstated.
USSOCOM-NPS SOF AT&L TNT FY12-02 at Avon Park, FL stood as a great training opportunity and learning experience for the 112th Signal Battalion. What we discovered was this exercise is more than a trade show or geek fest and a 112th tasking to provide local and wide area network support. 112th communicators gained a better understanding and were encouraged to “think outside the box”. They learned firsthand how USSOCOM goes about developing and assessing technologies and the meaning of their insight and direct feedback on the impact to future C4 and C2 technologies to support the warfighter. Their drive to and thirst for a better intellectual understanding of those technologies influenced their evaluations and helped emphasize future developments of those technologies. It is what separates 112th communicators from the average “signal support guy”.
In the past and throughout the GWOT it has been this drive and intelligence that has pushed the envelope of 112th communication support to SOF warfighters. 112th has helped produced and integrate cutting edge IT ideas, process and COT systems into the SIE, advancing Program of Record systems that are in the hands of operators today. The USSOCOM-NPS and SOF AT&L TNT exercises provide a great opportunity for the 112th Signal Battalion to continue the excellent signal tradition of its communicators. Furthermore, 112th will remain a significant player in assisting USSOCOM and USASOC, with its “out of the box thinkers” for future integration and development of C4 and C2 systems in this fiscally constrained and down sizing environment.
This August, while participating in the Navy Guest Lecture series at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), I learned firsthand how NPS students and faculty are fulfilling the research needs of the Department of Defense. The students' work is impressive – they are engaged in important and relevant projects, such as the analysis of supply chain malware incidents pertaining to cyberspace and the design of a folding electro-optic high performance analog-to-digital-converter.
The USSOCOM Tactical Network Testbed (TNT) Exercise is an excellent venue for Small Businesses to work collaboratively with the USSCOM S&T community to test, develop, and ultimately deliver solutions to the SOF Warfighter.
The TNT exercises have been a tremendous value to our team. Before we started attending the event we had very little understanding of the USSOCOM power and energy landscape. Because of our continued participation, we have been able to recognize the SOF Warfighter’s power needs and apply relevant and quick renewable energy solutions to power a whole host of platforms and systems found in the USSOCOM’s inventory to include;
Water filtration systems
Force protection platforms
UAS ground control stations
Unattended Ground Sensors
And tactical communications.
If it weren’t for our participation at the TNT exercises we would not have known that these are areas of significant interest to the USSOCOM S&T community.
One of the key elements that the TNT offers is the numerous networking and collaboration opportunities that normally occurs during the Collaborative Based Experimentation (CBE) portion of the event. The CBE fosters a sense of teamwork between industry Government agencies. Case in point, at our first TNT exercise we were approached by one of the Component Command S&T advisors to conduct a real time experiment with another company that was demonstrating a force protection platform. At the time their platform was tied to a sole source of power that was cumbersome and heavy to the operator. During the experimentation we literarily cut the power wires to the force protection platform and using alligator clips connected our power devise to their system and provided an immediate power solution. While executing this experiment the S&T advisor and a contingent of industry witnessed this integration first hand which demonstrated to them a power solution that;
Reduced Total Equipment and Sustainment Loads
Extended Mission Endurance and Loiter Times
Renewable Power and Energy Harvesting Capabilities
Agnostic integration to relieve the burden of vendor specific power connections and designs
As a result of that successful experiment, we were invited by the Component Command to provide further testing and evaluation of our renewable energy kit with their SOF operators in the field. Since that time the Command has procured a significant number of our kits to equip their SOF teams to take with them to Afghanistan as a proof of concept for their renewable energy strategy that will cut down on the dependency of primary batteries and fuel at their Combat Outposts.
We look forward to the potential opportunities of further integration at future TNT Events. It is the ideal setting to continue the momentum of collaboration for current and future capabilities, in addition to providing an opportunity for additional testing and validation in a different climate and operating environment.