12 décembre 2022 | International, C4ISR

US Army ponders ‘radio as a service’ to keep communications up to date

“It is ironic to me that we would actually come up with any IT program where we think we’re going to be fielding the same capability for decades.”

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/c2-comms/2022/12/12/us-army-ponders-radio-as-a-service-to-keep-communications-up-to-date/

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