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NET CFT Network Cross-Functional Team

WHO WE ARE

The Network Command, Control, Communication, and Intelligence Cross-Functional Team (referred to as the Network CFT or N-CFT) is aligned and nested with the Army’s new network modernization strategy.The N-CFT was stood up as a pilot in November 2017 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and relocated to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in mid-2018 where it was permanently established and assigned to Army Futures Command.

The N-CFT is adopting proven industry developmental operations model; conducting experiments, demonstrations and prototyping to inform requirements; synchronizing efforts to keep pace with the threats; and developing an optimized future network through the rapid insertion of new technology. Our main efforts address the most pressing challenges to the tactical network that our Soldiers use on the battlefield: unified network to provide assured network transport; common operating environment to deliver distributed mission command and enable rapid decision making; joint interoperability and coalition accessibility; and mobile/survivable command posts in a dynamic, lethal environment.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Major General Peter Gallagher

Director, Network Cross-Functional Team

Major General
Peter A. Gallagher

Director, Network Cross-Functional Team

Maj. Gen. Peter A. Gallagher serves as the director of the Network Cross-Functional Team. As part of the Army’s six modernization priorities, he is responsible for the focused integration of network, command, control, communications and intelligence to enable mission command across the tactical network. Pete spent the majority of his career providing communications support to Conventional and Special Operations Forces throughout the world.

Pete has served as a director within the Chief Information Officer G-6 (information technology), deputy commanding general and later commanding general for Army Network Enterprise Technology Command. Other assignments include deputy director of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell, International Security and Assistance Force-Afghanistan CJ-6, executive officer to the CIO/G-6, and director, J-6 in United States Central Command. A native of Pittsburg, Kansas, Pete joined the Army in 1986 and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, as well as a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College.

Colonel Robert M. Ryan

Deputy Director, Network Cross-Functional Team

Colonel
Robert M. Ryan

Deputy Director, Network Cross-Functional Team

Col. Robert Ryan currently serves as the deputy director for the Army’s Network Cross-Functional Team. The Network CFT is responsible for the focused integration of network, command, control, communications and intelligence to enable mission command across the network. As the principal advisor to the director, he drives the integration and synchronization of the cross-functional team and leads current and future operational planning and execution.

Rob, an infantry officer, previously served as an infantry brigade combat team commander for the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, where he was responsible for making ready the Army warfighting ground component in response to military requested support (from natural disasters to high-intensity armed conflict) for the Indo-Pacific combatant commander. Rob, a native of Syracuse, New York, enlisted in the Army in 1984 and was commissioned in 1993 into the Infantry as a distinguished military graduate from the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Cornell University. Rob attended and received master degrees from both the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College and the Naval War College.

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