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The Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) C5ISR Center, formally the Communications-Electronics RD&E Center, is the United States Army information technologies and integrated systems center. CCDC C5ISR Center is headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, with activities at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
The group utilizes Modeling and Simulation (M&S) capabilities to provide the Army and Joint Forces, system of systems assessments of C5ISR technologies and concepts. CCDC C5ISR Center's product manager for C5ISR On-the-Move assesses the effectiveness of inserting new technologies into an operationally relevant environment. CCDC C5ISR Center collaborates with Army, DoD and other stakeholders to provide C5ISR models, simulated architectures and automated tools in support of requirement definition, design and engineering, manufacturing, and test and evaluation.
Software Engineering Directorate (SED) provides software acquisition support and software engineering support to Army tactical systems throughout the systems' lifecycles, including concept and development, systems development and demonstration, production and deployment, and operations and maintenance. SED conceptualizes, develops and supports the fielding and sustaining of systems and software products, services and technologies that enhance Army, Joint and Coalition Force’s war fighting capabilities. SED helps ensure America’s Warfighters and Allies are equipped to defend the homeland and own the decisive edge throughout the battlespace.
Multi-Access Cellular Extension (MACE): The United States Army is adapting commercial wireless technologies to operate with military networks, expanding the range of available devices and applications. It has initiated a project, Multi-Access Cellular Extension (MACE) in the commercial marketplace. MACE is intended to unify commercial technologies with military needs. The developers of MACE contend that it will support cellular communications over smart phones as well as links through cellular base stations to tactical systems. In demonstration pilots, mesh networking is to be used to test seamless operation in WiFi/cellular environments even when a cellular base station is not available.