15 Apr '12, 1pm

#SUPPORT: Shed No Tears For JTRS

April 15, 2012: For over a decade, the multi-billion dollar JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System) program has been a major embarrassment for the U.S. Department of Defense. In response JTRS has been quietly put down. Oh, JTRS still exists, on paper, but its goal, to provide better combat radios, has been accomplished by adopting civilian radios that do what the troops needed done, and calling it JTRS. The main problem is that the troops need digital (for computer stuff) and analog (traditional radio) communications in one box and it has to be programmable, in order to handle new applications and the need to communicate with other radio types. That's what JTRS was supposed to do, but it never happened. The procurement bureaucracy and government contractors consumed over six billion dollars, but never quite got anything useful out the door. Meanwhile, the war on terror gave the...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htcbtsp/articles/2012041...

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