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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1505)10/22/2002 1:38:57 PM
From: Sector Investor
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And I responded with some analysis.

<<He said he got excited when he discovered some great product, a dynamic management, and something that has a competitive advantage. ...

He said, then if you have a great product, great management, then you've got a company that could become a Microsoft.>>

Them's big words, pardnuh.

Back in the 1980s, the phrase might have been "the next IBM". Who back then could have identified Microsoft as a potential candidate to surpass IBM? It took many years for the world to come to that recognition.

Lots of things can happen between here and there, but let's not dismiss that out of hand.

Let's examine those three qualities and five criteria further.

Dynamic management.
We definitely have that. Back in 2000 we were just turning profitable, when Martin saw some "Brass Rings" in the marketplace and reached for them, knowing it meant more losses and giving a large chunk of the company to institutional investors to raise cash. Now we are back, not only with improved products, but with MUCH LARGER markets opening up to us.

Competitive advantage.
The key to ALL of KVH's products is their special Polarization Maintaining fiber that they got with the Andrew Corp purchase. This is sometimes overlooked here. It's the polarization properties that allow all the technology based on it to work. The fiber, the entire production process, and key aspects of their technology all ALL PATENTED. They MAKE the fiber inhouse. This is a HUGE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

Great Product(s)
We certainly have that as well. TracVision now has a stranglehold on the RV market. The Inmarsat products and service have similar advantages because Inmarsat's coverage is truly global. TACNAV is now integrated into many military programs, domestic and foreign. The DSP technology, further enhanced by PhotonicFiber technology, has brought KVH FOGs into the tactical grade area, opening huge new markets, and they have significant price, performance, size, weight, vibration, usage life gains over their mechanical ring-laser gyro, or oil filled transformer competition.

KVH does indeed meet these three qualities - in spades.

The five criteria.

#1. Dramatically accelerating earnings.

We're not there yet, but we WILL BE in 2003. With no income tax for the first 30 cents or so of earnings and top line growth seemingly assured, the bottom line will accelerate faster than the top line. The penny we just made should be a dime or more per quarter before the end of next year.

In 2002 though, we have dramatically accelerating REVENUE that will approach 50%, and a cross over to profitability. Let's call this a pre-cursor of things to come. <g>

#2 Strong balance sheet. No debt or virtually no debt.

I don't have to elaborate on that criteria. We meet it.

#3 Strong relative price strength.

A picture is worth 1000 words, right? Gee, let's use MSFT vs KVHI over the past two 1/2 years.

or against the general market:

We meet this criteria too.

#4 Wants companies in industries that are doing well in the market pricewise.

I'll stick with the graphics.

Defense sector since 9/11: (Boeing is a special case because of the airlines, so omitted)

RV sector. Fleetwood is also a special case because they do a lot of modular housing, which was hard hit by the economy. Included.

I don't know of any direct comparisons for FOGs and sensors. We seem to meet this criteria too.

#5 Low institutional ownership.

This is not as low as the Guru would like. This would likely be more so the case if I hadn't been here posting the last two 1/2 years, waving my hands. <g> Institutional ownership is just under 43% Perhaps we can grade a half point here?

So I make it 3 1/2 out of five on the criteria right now, and 4 1/2 out of 5 by next year, plus all three of the qualities. I think the Guru might pick KVHI if he was aware of it.

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1506)10/22/2002 4:28:08 PM
From: Robert G. Harrell
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That article reminds me of the Motley Fool's Foolish 8 criteria for finding great small cap stocks. One of my best investments was in THQI which I found on the Foolish 8 message board in 1996. A young accountant, who was as diligent as you are in researching stocks, posted all the pertinent information. The company had just fired the founder, done a 10 for 1 reverse split and hired the CFO Brian Farrell as the new CEO. They weren't even listed on the regular NASDAQ yet. I bought my first shares for $5 pre many splits and saw my money double each year for at least 3 years before I stupidly sold it in the 20's before it went over 40 in '01 (to buy more MRVC, ugh!!!).

What I really like about these small companies is that a handful of diligent investors can gather and post information and build a base of information equal to or better than the wall street pro's if they even cover the stock. In the early years of THQI's growth there was very little or no coverage. There was a large cult following on the AOL Motley Fool THQI board. They would go out and do channel checks of the video game sales in stores all over the country and got very good estimates on sales. Even after the company got analyst coverage in the pre reg. FD era, the group's profit estimates were always much better than the analyst. KVH has the same feel to me as THQ did a few years ago. If KVH experiences the kind of growth that THQ did, it won't matter if you bought recently at $3 or $5 or $10. The difference will seem minuscule after a few splits.

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To: Robert G. Harrell who wrote (1507)10/23/2002 7:21:00 AM
From: robert b furman
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HI Bob,

It really wasn't that long ago that the only fund invested in KVHI was the University of Wisconsin.

Due to their original support they were one of the funds allowed to provide additional funding for an equity private offering.

I like the long term positive relationships that management seems to be able to build.

In Texas we call it dancin with the one that brung ya.

It's a good


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To: robert b furman who wrote (1508)10/23/2002 2:22:42 PM
From: Sector Investor
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Wednesday, October 23, 2002 Posted: 11:15 AM EDT (1515 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With strokes of his pen Wednesday, President Bush signed into law a bill giving him the tools he wants to wage an expensive, no-end-in-sight global fight against terror and possibly Saddam Hussein.

"Our nation faces grave new dangers, and our nation must fully support the men and women of our military who confront these dangers on our behalf," Bush said before signing legislation providing a hefty increase in defense spending and financing for military construction projects in 2003.

"The bill says America is determined and resolute to not only defend our freedom but to defend freedom around the world, that we're determined and resolute to answer the call to history and that we will defeat terror," Bush told a Rose Garden audience of mostly uniformed military personnel, along with a handful of lawmakers.

The spending measures were the first of their kind to become law -- three weeks after the start of the 2003 budget year.

Lawmakers who were deadlocked over spending decisions and anxious about midterm elections left Capitol Hill last week to campaign. They plan to finish the other 11 required spending bills in a lame-duck session after the November 5 voting.

The $355.4 billion defense bill, approved with overwhelming support to provide most of what Bush requested, increases spending by more than $34 billion over the previous fiscal year. Bush sought $367 billion, but ran into bipartisan resistance to his proposal for a $10 billion fund he could tap without congressional input for combating terrorists overseas.

"It's the largest increase in defense spending since President Reagan was the president," Bush said Tuesday as he stumped for candidates in Bangor, Maine.

"Any time the United States of America sends our youngsters into harm's way they deserve the best pay, the best training and the best possible equipment. ... It doesn't matter how long it takes to defend freedom, we'll do it. ... We have a duty to future generations of Americans to make this land secure."

With a day of work in Washington sandwiched between campaign swings and other travel, Bush was urging the Senate later Wednesday to follow the House's lead and approve legislation to bypass a Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban of computer simulations of child pornography. Bush was hosting a private forum on the sexual solicitation and exploitation of children over the Internet, followed by the public address.

The events are a follow-up to the October 2 White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. Bush focused most of his attention and remarks at the time on kidnapped children but noted that during a single year one in five children between the ages of 10 and 17 are sexually propositioned online.

On Wednesday, he was also encouraging parents to teach their children about online safety.

"The threats to our children are found not just on our streets, but they're found in the technology which we use in our homes," Bush told the conference. "With expanding use of the Internet and the heightened activity of predators searching for underage victims, more children are being lured into harmful and even tragic situations."

In April, the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional and too broad part of a 1996 law intended primarily to stop pornography produced through computer wizardry that was not available when the court placed child pornography outside First Amendment protection in 1982.

Free-speech advocates and pornographers challenged the ban on material that appears to be a child in a sexually explicit situation or that is advertised to convey the impression that someone under age 18 is involved.

The bill Bush was promoting would prohibit the production, distribution and possession of any visual depiction, real or electronic, of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

With the military moving toward a war footing with Iraq, the defense measure increases spending in almost every area, from weapons procurement to payroll. It includes a 4.1 percent pay raise for military personnel and almost all the $7.4 billion Bush requested to keep developing a national missile defense system.

The defense bill also provides:

•$3.3 billion for 15 C-17 transport aircraft

•$2.3 billion for two Aegis destroyers

•$3.2 billion for 46 Navy F/A-18 E/F fighters

•$3.5 billion to continue developing the Joint Strike Fighter

•$249 million is allotted for Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles, a prime weapon in the Persian Gulf War.

Nonmilitary federal programs are operating on last year's budgets, under a fourth temporary funding bill that is good through November 22.

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1509)10/23/2002 2:39:23 PM
From: robert b furman
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Somewhere iN 355.3 Billion lies opportunity for our little screamer.<VBG.


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To: robert b furman who wrote (1510)10/23/2002 3:10:34 PM
From: Sector Investor
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Yes indeed Bob,

Here is the post House-Senate conference version from earlier this month. This is what the President signed today. Go in about 160 pages to see the detail items. Lots of KVH programs are in there, plus many others they might have bids for gyros in on.

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To: david james who started this subject10/29/2002 7:53:34 AM
From: Roy F
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KVH Industries Sweeps NMEA Satellite Product Awards for Fifth Consecutive Year

Tuesday October 29, 7:31 am ET

TracVision 4 and Tracphone 252 Named "Best Satellite Products" by Dealers and Marine Professionals at 2002 NMEA Conference

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For the fifth year in a row, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI - News) has won the "best product" awards from the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) in the satellite television and satellite telephone categories. The KVH TracVision® 4 was voted Best Satellite Television System for the third year, while the KVH Tracphone® 252 was named Best Satellite Communications Product for the first time as it replaced KVH's four-time winner Tracphone 25.

"We are extremely proud that marine dealers nationwide chose to honor KVH's satellite communications systems as the 'Best Products' of 2002," said Ian Palmer, vice president of satellite sales, who accepted the awards at the NMEA annual convention ceremony held October 26 in Ft. Myers, Florida. "These awards reaffirm the confidence and preference of KVH products among marine professionals and consumers nationwide. TracVision 4 and Tracphone 252 are part of KVH's comprehensive suite of satellite communication products and services. We are the only company to offer dealers and consumers a one-stop shopping experience and outstanding service and support through our portfolio of marine satellite TV, satellite communications, and high-speed Internet products, as well as the necessary satellite services."

The NMEA Product Awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in design, performance and reliability in marine electronics products. The winners are selected by a vote of the members of the NMEA. Founded in 1957, the NMEA is an internationally recognized trade association of manufacturers, distributors, dealers, sales representatives and other professionals in the marine electronics field. Among its achievements, the NMEA has led the way in establishing technical standards for data exchange in marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol.

TracVision 4, a fully self-contained 18-inch antenna system, uses KVH's integrated Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) technology to provide automatic satellite acquisition as well as receive Internet downloads at speeds reaching 400 Kbps. Widely recognized as offering the best satellite tracking performance in its class, TracVision 4 has been selected as a standard option by leading boat builders, such as Sea Ray and Silverton. With TracVision 4, mariners can access 300 channels of direct broadcast satellite television as far as 100 miles off the North American or European coasts. TracVision 4 is also fully compatible with the high-powered DirecPC® Internet service and TracNet(TM) 2.0 Mobile High-speed Internet System, each available exclusively from KVH Industries.

Tracphone 252, a completely self-contained system, provides secure voice, fax, and data services to boats as small as 35 feet (10 m) via the Inmarsat mini-M service. Capable of simultaneously supporting multiple phones through a PABX system, as well as a fax machine and computer, Tracphone 252 brings a complete communications center to sea. The Tracphone 252's fully stabilized antenna design ensures mariners can keep in touch regardless of the sea conditions. Near-global coverage is provided through the low-cost Inmarsat mini-M service, the world's most widely used satellite communications service, which is available through KVH's Inmarsat Airtime Program.

An established, widespread network of dealers supports the KVH marine communications and navigation product lines. KVH has made supporting its dealers a high priority, and is continually striving for new ways to enhance company-dealer communications, collaborate in marketing efforts, extend training and provide rapid, high-quality customer service.

Complete information regarding KVH's TracVision and Tracphone systems can be found on the company's web site, In addition, several high- resolution, press-ready images are available to download from the News section of the KVH web site.

KVH Industries, Inc., designs and manufactures products that enable mobile communication, navigation, and precision pointing through the use of its proprietary mobile satellite antenna and fiber optic technologies. The company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and industrial applications. An ISO 9001-registered company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.

KVH Industries Contact:
Chris Watson, Communications Coordinator

Investor Relations Contact:
Phil Davidson or Jolinda Taylor
FD Morgen-Walke

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To: Roy F who wrote (1512)10/29/2002 8:36:10 AM
From: Sector Investor
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I added a couple of posts about this over on Yahoo! Nice!

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1513)10/29/2002 10:58:52 AM
From: Sector Investor
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I found this article about Ground Prophet that mentions KVH TACNAV. Ground Prophet is another program that Congress accelerated in the FY2003 Defense budget, increasing the requested funding by 75%.

There is a lot of good information here, and we can see that this program is a large effort that goes on for years - you might say it is "blocked out". <g>

Army leaders are rolling out their newest signals-intelligence system, called Prophet, which disrupts enemy command and control, detects and classifies moving targets, and offers situational awareness on the battlefield, Army officials say. Prophet detects, demodulates, determines lines of bearing, and exploits enemy signals of interest.

Prophet Block 1, from Titan Systems Corp. in San Diego, is the first new signals-intelligence system in nearly 20 years, says Col.

Full Text WASHINGTON -- U.S. Army leaders are rolling out their newest signals-intelligence system, called Prophet, which disrupts enemy command and control, detects and classifies moving targets, and offers situational awareness on the battlefield, Army officials say. Prophet detects, demodulates, determines lines of bearing, and exploits enemy signals of interest.

Prophet Block 1, from Titan Systems Corp. in San Diego, is the first new signals-intelligence system in nearly 20 years, says Col. Kevin Peterson, Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) system manager for the Prophet at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. It is for echelons of division and below.

Prophet already is part of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, said Lt. Gen. Robert Noonan Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, during the Prophet rollout last month in Washington, which coincided with the Army's 227th anniversary. Army leaders would not elaborate on Prophet' role in Afghanistan for security reasons.

Prophet, a project of the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEWS) at Fort Monmouth, N.J., intercepts and locates radio signals while operating on the move; it measures seismic and acoustic changes in the infrared energy, electro-optic, and magnetic fields.

Prophet Block I has an AN/PRD-13(V)2 signal intercept system mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle or HMMWV, yet is not a significant target on the battlefield because it has no unique signature, Army officials say; anti-jam capability will be part of the next Block, Peterson says.

Prophet information will flow into the joint net over division communications using a digital link, as well as near continuous voice communications with the maneuver brigade's operations and intelligence elements. Prophet replaces the TRAILBLAZER, TEAMMATE, TRAFFICJAM, and MANPACK legacy systems, Army officials say.

Titan engineers reduced the number of moving parts and improved ease of maintenance, says It. Col William Stevenson, product manager for Prophet at IEWS at Fort Monmouth. Inside the Prophet vehicle the operator uses a Toughbook 28 from Panasonic Personal Computer Co. of Secaucus, N.J., to monitor the incoming intelligence.

Prophet electronics is about 30 to 40 percent commercial-off-the-shelf, or COTS, with most of that lying in the computer hardware, says Ronald Gorda, president of Titan Systems Corp.'s Information Product Group. The simple Prophet design and Windows-based software eases personnel training, Stevenson says.

Titan was to deliver the first six Block 1 systems in June; overall, Army officials say they will field 83 Prophet Block I systems by the end of 2004.

Prophet's receiver/processor -- the core electronics of Block I -- has three receivers, one direction finder and two monitors, which can operate in search (channel scan) and monitor (fix-tuned) modes. In addition, the DF receiver provides general search (band sweep), DF operations and panning operations (manually tuning a signal).

The system demodulates and collects AM, FM, continuous wave, and single sideband radio signals in the HF, VHF, and UHF spectra.

The Prophet intercept receiver can also be configured to operate as a 32-pound manpack system for airborne or air assault operations, Army officials say. An onboard Precision Lightweight Global Positioning System Receiver and KVH Tactical Navigation system interfaces with Prophet to provide accurate worldwide self-positioning locational data to within 10 meters and a north-sensing device to indicate vehicle heading. Manpack Prophet is self-sustaining for 72 hours.

The AN! VRC-92A Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINC-GARS) provides Prophet with secure voice communications, Army officials say. Future versions will integrate the Joint Tactical Radio System, Peterson says.

Prophet Block II/III will expand the frequency range and signal types to low-probability-of-intercept and modern signals, as well as include an integrated electronic attack capability. It also will include system netting, signal remoting and beyond-line-of-sight communications.

Prophet Block IV will add mobile-attended platform-based sensors along with unattended ground sensors (UGS) deployed as a distributed and networked multiple-sensor array. Prophet Block V is the last block and will integrate micro-sensors and robotic platforms.

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1514)10/29/2002 11:38:52 AM
From: Sector Investor
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Here is another version. It looks like a rework of the previous article, and doesn't mention KVH, but it DOES give some roll out dates for the various Blocks. This program will go on for years, providing nice sales for KVH TACNAV for a long time.

October 2002

©SIGNAL Magazine 2002

Signal Intelligence System Uncovers Enemy Sites

Prophet finds what's present, supports future tactics.

By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Army has a new tool in its arsenal that allows mobile troops to gather intelligence about the location and activities of adversaries by pinpointing the source of signal transmissions and intercepting communications. The system will replace legacy electronic warfare systems that were developed more than 30 years ago, and it has already been deployed in Afghanistan in support of operation Enduring Freedom.

Part of the military's intelligence gathering mission is to collect information about enemy intentions and to determine the locations of specific targets. One way to obtain this insight is by finding the electronic signature of their communications. Signals intelligence (SIGINT) contributes to situational awareness by adding detail to the profile of the battlespace. Once the source of the signal is determined, military commanders can map the area's landscape and may, if they choose, employ electronic warfare or other tactics to interrupt communications.

The Prophet system, created and produced by Titan Systems Corporation, San Diego, provides this capability not only from a fixed command post but also on the move. Mounted on a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), the system allows troops in the field to intercept radio frequency signals, perform signal direction finding and develop actionable intelligence from the voice and communications data. Adversaries are not aware that they are being monitored. The Army's Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors manages the project.

An onboard precision lightweight global positioning system receiver and tactical navigation system interfaces with Prophet to provide accurate worldwide self-positioning location data to within 10 meters, and a north sensing device indicates the heading of the vehicle, which supports on-the-move operations.

A manportable unit that can be removed from the HMMWV allows soldiers to continue gathering SIGINT even when away from the vehicle. The manpack system also can support forced-entry airborne or air assault operations.

The system's primary mission is to provide continuous force protection to the maneuver brigade. It will be the echelons-division-and-below tactical commander's sole organic SIGINT, electronic warfare, measurement and signature intelligence, and ground surveillance capability.

In concert with the division tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (TUAV) SIGINT payload, a capability that is currently under development, a division commander will have a comprehensive, near-real-time picture of the enemy's electronic emitters and the ability to detect, identify, locate and track selected emitters.

Engineering, manufacturing and development models of Prophet-equipped vehicles were part of the military's initial entry units in Afghanistan in November 2001. Lt. Col. William W. Stevenson, USA, product manager, Prophet, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, explains that an Army unit, which cannot be identified for security reasons, was using the system in an exercise before operation Enduring Freedom began. Prophet had already successfully completed the test and evaluation stage, so the unit was granted permission to take two systems on its deployment to the Afghan theater of operations.

"The system provides exactly what we have been touting," Col. Stevenson says. "It offers force protection notification to that unit. It tells the troops where enemy emitters are located and, as a result, the commander can use that information in advance of moving to an area and determine what the unit is going to do in the area. It directly influences the commanders' plans."

Prophet has supported multiple operations in Afghanistan, the colonel states, and its reliability has prompted other units to request the system. In fact, plans are currently in the works to determine how the Army National Guard can obtain the equipment for use in Bosnia.

Prophet equipment is about one-third both the weight and the size of legacy systems and offers other distinct benefits. In addition to the on-the-move operation capability, it features digital triangulation to determine the origin of the signal. Legacy systems obtain bearing data that must then be plotted on a map using a grease pencil. And while it can take up to four hours to set up the antenna mast for older systems, the Prophet's 20-foot mast can be erected in two minutes. Finally, because it uses the HMMWV's batteries rather than a separate generator as a power source, thermal and acoustics signatures are reduced.

The Prophet's equipment package includes the single channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS), which provides secure voice communications. Using two receiver-transmitters and two radio amplifiers, Prophet operators can communicate over two networks simultaneously.

HMMWVs equipped with the Prophet system can carry four people as well as enough mission-essential equipment, personal gear and fuel to complete a 72-hour mission.

The technology is being developed using a spiral approach. Prophet Block I contains the electronic support component, which is the receiver/processor. This core system detects and demodulates intercepted enemy signals of interest and determines their lines-of-bearing data. It comprises three receivers: one designated as the direction-finding receiver and two as monitor receivers.

Prophet operates in the high frequency, very high frequency and ultrahigh frequency spectrums. Types of searches include channel scan, fix-tuned, band sweep and manually tuned. Amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, single side-band and continuous wave signals can be demodulated and collected. It covers 10 times the radio frequencies of older electronic warfare systems.

Among the legacy systems Prophet will replace are Trailblazer, Teammate, Trafficjam and the lightweight man-transportable radio direction finding system.

Although the Prophet system is designed primarily to locate signal origination points, Col. Stevenson relates that information collection is equally important. "We are now operating in direct support of a brigade commander. The information is provided to the commander as soon as it is actionable information. This is a polar shift in the way operations are conducted and in the way the information is shared," he states.

Prophet allows data to be collected and sent back to safe areas where linguists can work on it while the commander plans what to do about the transmitter in the area of operations. "This is a shift in operations because it brings the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information warfare aspect to the immediate forefront of the commander," the colonel says. Because this information can be combined with intelligence gathered by other means, capabilities dynamically increase, he adds.

Col. Kevin Peterson, USA, training and doctrine system manager, Prophet, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, points out that the system informs commanders of what is in front of and around them. It gives the commander the option to either destroy or not destroy an enemy communications post or to maneuver out of contact.

The Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC's) role has been critical to the development of Prophet, Col. Peterson explains. By working with users, TRADOC identified requirements for the system. It also has determined how doctrine must change as a result of the new capability. As the new system is introduced, TRADOC will conduct training and will adjust current courses to reflect the changes the capability brings to operations.

"We are working hand-in-hand with Objective Force personnel to roll this into Objective Force initiative plans because the equipment in 2008 will have Prophet embedded in it, and those forces will need to be very familiar with it," Col. Peterson explains.

Originally, Prophet's Block II and Block III rollouts involved two distinct sets of improvements to the initial equipment. However, the Army has since combined the two, now calling the upgrades Block II/III, and companies are competing for the project. The improvements at this phase are scheduled to include an electronic warfare jamming capability and to increase the types of signals Block I equipment detects to include low-probability-of-intercept, modern and frequency-hopping signals.

Current plans call for the Block II/III contract to be awarded in December 2002, with operational test and evaluation of the system scheduled for summer 2004. During the first quarter of fiscal year 2005, a production decision will be made, and the upgrades should be made in late 2005 and 2006, Col. Stevenson says.

Ronald Gorda, senior vice president, Titan Systems Corporation, explains that Titan already has been working on the next generation of equipment. The open architecture design of the system will facilitate the incorporation of future improvements and allow for maximum reuse of the equipment when upgrades are developed, Gorda says.

Currently, 37 vehicles are in full production, and Titan is scheduled to deliver a total of 83 Prophet-equipped HMMWVs to the Army by 2004. The fielding plan calls for each division to get six models. Each armored cavalry regiment is scheduled to receive four systems, while Stryker brigades will each receive three and separate infantry brigades will each receive two. Five Prophet systems will be delivered to TRADOC to meet institutional training requirements.

Improvements to the system will continue in the Block IV and Block V stages. Scheduled upgrades in the Block IV would add a measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) capability to the Prophet system on a separate vehicle. The MASINT component may feature mobile, unattended platform-based sensors and unattended ground sensors that would be deployed as a distributed and networked sensor array. In addition, when combined with the upgraded Block II/III electronic support platform, the warfighter will have a multispectral sensor system capability. SIGINT and MASINT capabilities may be fused in future combat vehicles. Col. Peterson explains that Block IV capabilities are set to coincide with the Objective Force in 2008.

Col. Peterson predicts that Block V enhancements will be online around 2015 and will incorporate microsensors and robotic platforms. As envisioned, electronic warfare, SIGINT, MASINT and direction finding capabilities would allow commanders to tailor the collection of information to changing mission requirements.

While improved ground-based SIGINT capabilities are being introduced in the field, the Army also is in the process of developing similar intelligence gathering capabilities from the air. The division TUAV signals intelligence program (DTSP) currently is in the component advanced development stage with three companies proposing designs.

The DTSP will allow commanders to electronically map radio frequency emitters on the battlefield and conduct electronic attacks against targeted emitters. It is envisioned to feature two components. The SIGINT and electronic warfare payloads would be installed on the TUAV, while the workstation software would control the mission payload remotely and display and analyze the data.

According to Col. Stevenson, the technologies will be demonstrated at Fort Huachuca during the middle of 2003, and a contract will be awarded in fiscal year 2004 or fiscal year 2005.

To ensure that these SIGINT capabilities can be used in joint and coalition environments, the Army has been working with intelligence agencies, the special operations community and all the services as well as other nations. The equipment is interoperable with other systems to ensure that the data that is collected can be shared, Col. Stevenson says.

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