Project and Product Offices


1.0 Communications and Computing Infrastructure

1.1 Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS)
Radford, VA
(540) 731-3432

Project Summary
ALTESS provides full lifecycle IT solutions, support, and services to the Army’s acquisition community and DoD customers in a secure environment with a high availability infrastructure and data center operations to over 1.5 million users worldwide. ALTESS operates a state-of-the-art “green” data center with a first class Enterprise network operations, systems engineering, applications sustainment, and Enterprise level service management capabilities. ALTESS is a leader in providing cost-effective data center services for the Army and DoD.

1.2 Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online (AKO/DKO)
Fort Belvoir, VA

Project Summary
AKO/DKO provides a suite of Army Enterprise services to 2.3 million users worldwide. On a typical day, AKO sees over 350,000 users logging in over 800,000 times and processes over 2.5 billion pieces of email annually.

AKO/DKO provides collaboration, communication, and identity management services to the Army Enterprise. The portal serves as the single point of entry into the Army’s Enterprise knowledge management system for more than 2 million users worldwide. AKO is available to Active Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard (ARNG), Department of the Army (DA) Civilians, Army Retirees, and Army-sponsored guests. DKO serves the broader DoD community, and leverages the AKO infrastructure to provide DoD and Joint users with access to a growing network of Defense/joint Enterprise services

Products and Services
AKO/DKO services are available in both the classified and unclassified domains. Communication services include email, instant messaging, chat, video messaging, presence and awareness, identity management/directory services, and single sign on for hundreds of Army and DoD applications. The portal provides pages, files, and groups that are controlled by the users and organizations. It offers capabilities for personal profiles, forums, blogs, surveys, and a data grid channel for arraying delimited data.

Go Mobile, a major AKO/DKO initiative, interfaces with the AKO/DKO email solution, which provides webmail, calendar, personal address book, task management; and the Army Enterprise Global Address List (GAL). The user can access Go Mobile using a Common Access Card (CAC) only, and digitally sign and decrypt email using the CAC. The phone has data-at-rest encryption, and AKO/DKO can remotely wipe it, if required. The user can send and receive email, access mail folders, and sub-folders. The user can compose multiple emails and switch between applications. It provides a rich attachment viewing capability, and full access to AKO calendar events and AKO/DKO resources. Mobile devices used with Go Mobile include viewing goggles, a portable screen and keyboard, a battery powered projector, a thermal printer, and mini-solar charger. An initiative is underway in FY11 to expand the Go Mobile capability from the Windows Mobile operating environment to the Apple, iPhone, and iPad iOS and to the Google Android environments in order to exploit growing mobile applications availability for the Army.

1.3 Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS)
Fort Monmouth, NJ (DOD Security Certificate Required to View Site. See: for more information)
(732) 427-6791

Project Summary
CHESS is the Army’s designated mandatory source for Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) IT. CHESS provides a no-fee flexible procurement strategy through which customers may procure COTS IT hardware, software, and services via an e-commerce-based process. CHESS offers simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart. These contracts provide continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidation of requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army’s buying power.

CHESS provides architecturally sound standards and policy-compliant IT Enterprise solutions from more than 20 prime industry IT providers to all Army activities and organizations. A key enabler for CHESS’ success is its relationship with the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC), Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Signal Command, and Army Contracting Command – National Capital Region (ACC-NCR).

CHESS is also the organization responsible for implementing semi-annual Consolidated Buys (CBs) of desktop and notebook computers, as well as, printers for the Army at the Enterprise level. The CB process is the most cost-effective approach to fulfilling user requirements for these products. The CB directly supports the Army CIO/G6 strategy for acquiring products which are fully compliant with Federal Desktop Computing regulations as well as DoD and Army security and interoperability standards.

In addition, CHESS is the Army’s DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Software Product Manager (SPM). In this capacity, CHESS has the responsibility for managing the DoD and Army Enterprise Software Agreements (ESAs) whose use has been mandated by the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplements (DFARS) and Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplements (AFARS). CHESS has authority to grant waivers if an ESA cannot meet user requirements. Other responsibilities in this area include: consolidating software requirements, developing business cases, assisting contracting officers in negotiating best-value deals, and administering resulting agreements. In so doing, CHESS helps to reduce acquisition and support costs by leveraging DoD’s buying power.

  • Products and Services
  • COTS hardware and software products
  • Enterprise software agreements
  • IT services contracts
  • Customer support

1.4 Defense Communications and Army Transmissions Systems (DCATS)
Fort Monmouth, NJ
(732) 532-7920

Project Summary
Team DCATS manages a suite of more than 100 projects that supports Joint Warfighters, major commands, and Combatant Commanders (COCOMs).

Team DCATS provides worldwide strategic satellite communications and Wideband Control (WC) systems, long-haul terrestrial microwave, and fiber optic communications systems, Technical Control Facilities (TCFs), Combat Service Support (CSS) communications systems, critical power infrastructure, and combat vehicle intercom systems.

  • Organizations within Team DCATS are:
  • Defense Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS)
  • Satellite Communications Systems (SCS)
  • Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS)
  • Wideband Control (WC)

1.5 Defense Messaging System-Army (DMS-A)
Fort Monmouth, NJ 
(732) 532-7913

DMS-A provides a single, secure, global inter-service messaging capability extending from the sustaining base to the Warfighter. DMS-A is DoD’s official system of record for organizational Command and Control (C2) messaging.

DMS-A is a Web-based Enterprise level messaging system designed to meet the net-centric requirements of non-repudiation (digital signature), organization-to-organization data security (digital encryption), assured and timely delivery, message traceability, and storage. DMS-A tactical implementation provides the Warfighter with messaging support for the Joint task force environment and across the continuum of Army operations.

1.6 Defense Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS)
Fort Monmouth, NJ
(703) 682-2937

Rather than managing a single product line, Team DCATS’s DWTS product office manages more than 60 diverse projects, spanning the product areas of transmission systems, satellite communications systems, fiber optic networks, microwave networks, Main Communications Facilities (MCFs), TCFs, Critical Power and Equipment Cooling (CPEC) systems, and wireless networks and services, including operation of network management centers and management of a multi-billion dollar contract. DWTS supports Army and Joint-service Warfighters in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, Romania, Italy, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Continental United States (CONUS), with customers including the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), US Forces-Iraq (USF-I), US Forces-Afghanistan, the 359th Tactical Signal Brigade, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the 335th Signal Brigade, COCOMs, the Surgeon General Office for the Joint Tele-Medicine Network, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Army Materiel Command (AMC) Army Sustainment Command (ASC), the Joint Explosive Ordinance Disposal (JEOD), Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), and the US Department of State.

Products and Services

  • Projects, products and services include:
  • CSS Very Small Aperture Terminals (CSS VSATs)
  • CSS Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI)
  • Worldwide Technical Control Improvement Program (WWTCIP)
  • Regional-Top Level Architecture
  • Communications infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Mobile and Deployable Port Operations Centers (MPOC, DPOC)
  • Army Spectrum Relocation
  • Worldwide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract
  • US Army ALTESS CPEC and IT upgrade
  • Korea Optical Backbone Replacement (KOBR)
  • Korea Optical Network (KOTNET)
  • Korea Digital Microwave Upgrade (DMU)
  • USFK J6 Power Upgrades
  • Okinawa Joint Warfighter Interbase Telecommunications (JWIT) Microwave Replacement
  • Okinawa Circuit Emulation over IP (CEoIP)

1.7 Force Projection Enablers (FPE)
Fort Belvoir, VA
(703) 806-0534

FPE, formerly known as the PD Area Processing Centers (APC), provides the Army with capabilities and adaptive processes that support net-centricity, secure access to knowledge, and improved information systems and services throughout the Army environment.

FPE supports the Army’s ability to integrate and manage the infrastructure as an Enterprise to enhance capabilities and efficiencies through the implementing Enterprise system. Examples include e-mail, Active Directory, Army global directories, APCs, and related technologies deployed across all Army organizations. FPE is an Enterprise-managed data center that is one part of a tightly coupled Global Network Enterprise Construct (GNEC) that will provide a unifying architecture to bridge gaps between generating force and deploying force architectures.

FPE operationally leverages current and future Enterprise resources including connectivity, equipment, network operations, and personnel to deliver a synchronized and seamless information capability in support of the Army’s transformation to a more net-centric and modular force. As part of the GNEC, FPE provides a platform for delivering Enterprise services to the generating and Warfighting communities regardless of location/posture. FPE minimizes costs and significantly enhance the Army’s Information Assurance/Computer Network Defense (IA/CND) posture by consolidating IA systems and reducing the number of entry points to Army networks.

In addition, FPE provides quick reaction, customized cabling upgrades, imagery, and TCFs implementations in the SWA theater. The organization uses a diverse group of contracts to tailor acquisitions to best serve the deployed Warfighter and meet the mission. Acquisitions can range from critical, highly expedited efforts, in a changeable work environment, to large scale traditional I3MP efforts.

Whether expedited or traditional, FPE provides for high capacity capabilities and near real-time throughput enabling essential communications systems in SWA and is a critical enabler for Army Enterprise, Army Knowledge Management (AKM), and the Army Campaign Plan (ACP).

1.8 Information Technology Systems (ITS)
Arlington, VA
(703) 614-9979

Project Summary
The ITS mission is to renovate and modernize Pentagon voice, data, and video systems in support of the military services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and DoD C2 and operations centers.

The Army is the executive agent for the renovation and modernization of Pentagon IT systems and infrastructure in conjunction with the comprehensive Pentagon Renovation. ITS is charged with performing this $1.3 billion initiative on behalf of the Army.

In coordination with the Pentagon Renovation and Construction Program Office (PENREN), ITS is overhauling renovated Pentagon-tenant organizations’ incompatible IT systems and implementing modern, network-centric systems, and infrastructure to support the Pentagon as an Enterprise. Specifically, ITS is renovating the Pentagon’s voice, data, and video systems to provide the building’s 25,000+ workforce, OSAD, the Joint Staff, the Military Service Operations Centers, and the C2 community with a universal IT design and configuration for the Pentagon. They also are in charge of the Pentagon’s structured and documented wiring and cabling; modernized, integrated command and operations center infrastructure; common physical IT infrastructure; and a centrally-managed communications and information backbone architecture.

In addition, ITS provides IT design and implementation support to the Pentagon’s Command Communications Survivability Program and the Alternate Sites Program (external sites throughout the National Capital Region). ITS provides world-class, secure IT infrastructure for the national defense headquarters, C2 and operations centers, and senior decision makers.

Products and Services

  • Networks and infrastructure implementation and integration
  • Systems engineering integration
  • Command center systems and infrastructure
  • Network management security engineering
  • Enterprise services - backbone, voice, information centers, messaging
  • Pentagon consolidated technical control and alternate technical control
  • C2 and business ADP
  • Network systems management center
  • Consolidated radio and server room facilities
  • Testing and quality assurance
  • Swing space engineering

1.9 Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP)
Fort Belvoir, VA
(703) 806-8415

Project Summary
I3MP connects the Joint Warfighter through modernization and lifecycle management of the information infrastructure to support the GNEC. I3MP enables professionals to execute the global mission of connecting the Joint Warfighter.

I3MP provides a robust and scalable networked information infrastructure that allows migration to a network-centric, knowledge-based operation, and enhances connectivity between forward deployed forces with CONUS, Europe, and Pacific based forces. I3MP is a part of the joint effort to improve and protect LandWarNet by enhancing the infrastructure to allow better efficiency and effectiveness of the network, and to ensure Army interoperability across DoD.

1.10 Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
Fort Monmouth, NJ
(732) 427-6754

LMR modernizes the Army’s CONUS non-tactical LMR systems that support installation public safety first responders, force protection, installation management and homeland defense. LMR provides spectrum efficiencies by executing the migration of Army posts, camps, and stations to narrowband frequencies as mandated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). LMR acquires solutions that meet Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) P25 interoperability standards.

1.11 Network Enterprise Services (NES)
Fort Belvoir, VA
(703) 704-3727

NES consolidates all PEO EIS Enterprise service product managers under a single project manager. With several years of experience in the Enterprise services arena, the Project Management Office Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online (AKO/DKO) was selected as the foundation for this effort to further the GNEC for PEO EIS and the Army. AKO/DKO itself, transitioned to become Product Director AKO/DKO within NES, joining Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS), Acquisition Business (AcqBusiness), Distributed Learning System (DLS), and Defense Messaging System-Army (DMS-A).

1.12 Network Service Center (NSC)
Fort Monmouth, NJ
(732) 532-7910

Project Summary
NSC acquires and fields the Army’s CONUS non-tactical LMR systems that support installation public safety first responders, force protection, installation management and homeland defense.

1.13. Satellite Communications Systems (SCS)
Fort Monmouth, NJ
(732) 532-3281

Team DCATS’ SCS product office manages the acquisition, development, and modernization of Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) system earth terminals and baseband equipment for all military services and agencies. SCS represents a system-of-systems approach for DoD SATCOM sites and facilities. SCS combines baseband and terminal expertise in one organization. They provide comprehensive acquisition expertise; systems engineering for all strategic, DoD Teleport, Standard Tactical Entry Point (STEP), and gateway sites; configuration management; and resolution of interoperability and interface issues between baseband and radio frequency equipment. They also provide application of Army and DoD policies, directives and mandates; planning and execution of advanced technology demonstration program; and a common Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) leadership to minimize redundancies and jurisdictional issues.

Products and Services

  • AN/GSC-39/52 terminals
  • AN/FSC-78 terminals
  • AN/TSC-86A-E terminals
  • AN/GSC-70 Ka Satellite Transmit and Receive Systems (KaSTARS)
  • Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET)
  • Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM)
  • Multiplexer Integration and DCSS Automation System (MIDAS)
  • Joint Internet Protocol Modem (JIPM)
  • DoD Teleport
  • STEP
  • Jam-Resistant Satellite Communications (JRSC)
  • Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS)
  • BMDS OM-88 Anti-Scintillation Modem
  • BMDS Protective Anti-Jam/Anti-Scintillation Wideband Net-Centric (PAAWNS) Modem
  • Special Communications Link (SCL)
  • Government-to-Government Communications Link (GGCL)

1.14 Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS)
Fort Monmouth, NJ and Fort Belvoir, VA
(703) 806-8584

Team DCATS’ VIS project office provides intercom systems that allow Soldiers to communicate in the high-noise environments of combat vehicles – a high Army priority. The VIS project office is providing VIC-3 kits for most tactical vehicles deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan; state-of-the-art headsets and wireless devices for use with the VIC-3; and is supporting National Reset VIC-3 allows crews of tactical vehicles to communicate with each other above vehicle and/or combat noise. VIC-3 allows all crew members to receive/transmit over a military radio and protects Soldiers from permanent hearing damage from high noise levels in modern tactical vehicles. VIC-3 is the standard vehicle intercom in more than 50 tactical vehicle variants. Multiple components allow tailoring for specific vehicle configurations and interfaces with many military communications systems. VIC-5 will be the next generation intercom solution across vehicle platforms and will accommodate more users and more radio interfaces. VIC-5 will undergo First Article Testing (FAT) starting in April 2011.

Products and Services

  • Improved tactical headset
  • Installation kits and support
  • Multiple platform support for vehicles deploying to/returning from Iraq
  • Integrating VIS into numerous vehicles being acquired to defend Soldiers and Marines against
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Iraq, including the Buffalo, Cougar, 
RG-31, and Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV)
  • VIC-5 (next generation of VIS)

1.15 Wideband Control (WC)
Fort Monmouth, NJ and Fort Belvoir, VA
(703) 806-8502

Team DCATS’ WC project office acquires and installs state-of-the-art strategic satellite network control and planning systems for use with the DSCS, WGS, and commercial satellite systems. All of the subsystems operations and communications between operators and processors are provided at one console location and are viewed from a multi-headed workstation, which allows access to the network database and permits simultaneous display of database components. These systems are typically deployed at Wideband Satellite Operation Centers (WSOCs) worldwide.

Products and Services

  • Replacement Satellite Configuration Control Element (RSCCE)
  • Global Satellite Configuration Control Element (GSCCE)
  • DSCS Integrated Management System (DIMS)
  • Common Network Planning Software (CNPS)
  • Spectrum Monitoring System (SMS)
  • Wideband Satellite Operations Management System (WSOMS) Network and Workstation