1.0 Communications, Computing Infrastructure and Core Enterprise Services


1.1 Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS)
Project Director: Mr. Brendan Burke
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To be the primary source to support the Soldier’s information dominance objectives by developing, implementing and managing commercial IT contracts that provide enterprise-wide, net-centric hardware, software and support services for the Army.

As the Army’s primary source for commercial off-the shelf (COTS) IT, CHESS provides a no-fee flexible procurement strategy through which an Army user may procure COTS IT hardware, software and services through an e-commerce-based process called IT e-mart. CHESS contracts provide continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidation of requirements to get the best value by leveraging the Army’s buying power.

In accordance with Army Regulation 25-1 “Army Knowledge Management and Information Technology,” CHESS is tasked as the organization responsible for implementing Consolidated Buys (CBs) of desktop and notebook computers 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 is also in direct support of the Army CIO/G-6 strategy for acquiring products which are fully compliant with Federal desktop computing regulations as well as DoD and Army security and interoperability standards.

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A Soldier uses a computer to perform his duties. CHESS is the
mandatory source for acquisition of COTS IT products and services.

CHESS provides architecturally sound standards and policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions throughout the world. Those requirements are placed on contract by the designated contracting activity, Army Contracting Command-Rock Island (ACC-RI).

In addition, CHESS is the Army’s DoD Enterprise Software Initiative Software Product Manager. In this capacity, CHESS is responsible for managing the DoD and Army Enterprise Software Agreements (ESAs), mandated by the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplements. Other responsibilities in this area include: consolidating software requirements, developing business cases, assisting contracting officers in negotiation best-value deals and administering resulting agreements. CHESS helps to reduce acquisition and support costs by leveraging the Army’s buying power.

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

1.2 Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS)
Project Manager: COL Clyde Richards, Jr.
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To enable information dominance for the Army, DoD, National Command Authority and international partners by acquiring, implementing and sustaining strategic satellite and terrestrial communications and leading technologies to meet current and future requirements.

DCATS is among the largest organizations in the PEO EIS portfolio and includes:
• Defense-Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS)
• Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
• Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS)
• Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS)

DCATS provides total, best-value solutions in a wide-array of subject matters, including:
• Acquisition/program management
• Contract management
• Funds management/planning, programming, budget and execution
• Systems design and engineering
• Site preparation
• Testing and acceptance
• Logistics support
• Rapid response
• Training

Products and Services
DCATS manages a suite of more than 100 projects, rapidly delivering capabilities in direct support of global missions of the Armed Forces, senior national leadership and combatant commands in joint, unified and multi-national operations. DCATS provides worldwide strategic satellite communications and wideband control systems, long-haul terrestrial microwave and fiber optic communications systems, Technical Control Facilities (TCF), Combat Service Support (CSS) communications systems, critical power infrastructure and combat vehicle intercom systems.

1.2.1 Defense-Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS)
Product Director: LTC Jeff Etienne
Springfield, Va.

To provide best value solutions to meet strategic long-haul and base-support communications needs worldwide for the DoD and other U.S. government agencies.

DWTS has three primary missions: program and life cycle management of the connect-the-logistician systems, including CSS Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI) and the CSS Satellite Communications (CSS SATCOM) programs; implementing and sustaining wide-area transmissions systems, which includes terrestrial transmissions (global command, control, communications and computers commercialization as well as TCFs); and providing and sustaining long haul communications, video teleconference services and IT support to a highly classified Special Operations Command (SOCOM) customer through the Global Command Terrestrial Communications (GCTC) program.

Products and Services
DWTS provides solutions to meet communications needs worldwide for government agencies to include program and life cycle management of:
• Multi-media communications system programs
• Implementing and sustaining wide-area transmissions’ systems, including terrestrial transmissions and TCFs
• Providing and sustaining the GCTC, including long-haul communications and video teleconference support to classified special users
• Managing the implementation of the spectrum relocation program
• Specific products and services include:
o Terrestrial Transmissions
o World Wide Technical Control Improvement Program
o Spectrum Relocation Program

1.2.2 Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
Product Director: Ms. Kimberly Davidson
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To acquire, manage and deliver LMR communication systems that support public safety, unit and base operations.

LMR provides Army-wide, non-tactical, garrison level LMR systems and radios. LMR systems are commercial solutions that provide mobile and portable communication support for garrison public safety, force protection and facilities maintenance operations. First responders are the primary users of LMR and include installation military police, fire departments and emergency medical personnel. LMR maximizes the use of scarce radio spectrum and provides secure voice transmissions and mutual aid interoperability with local, state and federal entities. LMR systems are key components of the Army Enterprise that provide a seamless communications network in support of base level communications and infrastructure.

Products and Services
LMR modernizes Army Continental United States (CONUS) and Pacific non-tactical LMR systems in support of installation public safety organizations and functions, including first responder, force protection and other installation management functions. LMR provides spectrum efficiencies by migrating Army posts, camps and stations to narrowband frequencies as mandated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. LMR acquires solutions that meet Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Project 25 interoperability standards. Since 2003, LMR has supported more than 30 regional and site installs without disruption of public safety functions.

LMR’s COTS system components include:
• Routers
• Hand-held and mobile subscriber units
• Base stations
• Towers
• Power supplies

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LMR erects a new tower at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to expand
first responder access.

1.2.3 Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS)
Product Director: Mr. Twyman Bledsoe
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To provide equipment such as VIS components, headsets and ancillary hardware to the Army, Navy and Marines to allow Soldiers, Sailors and Marines to communicate in the extreme-noise environments of combat vehicles and improve situational awareness through crew communications, while providing the users with critically needed hearing protection.

VIS provides noise canceling intercom (IC) solutions for U.S. Army tactical vehicles. The AN/VIC-3 is the standard IC for more than 70 tactical vehicle platform variants.

VIS is working to produce the AN/VIC-5, which will be the next generation IC solution utilized across crew-served tactical vehicle platforms. It will provide the Soldier with a customizable, mix-and-match, modular architecture that scales to accommodate virtually any platform requirement.

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New Jersey National Guard soldiers assess next generation
intercom system.

Products and Services
AN/VIC-3 ICs provide clear communications in more than 70 vehicle platforms, including M1114 up-armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, Stryker combat vehicles, M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles, M1A1 Abrams tanks and other platforms deployed globally. To date, VIS has provided more than $1.7 billion in vehicle IC components for DoD and allied vehicles. VIS is currently working to introduce the next-generation AN/VIC-5 IC, which is tentatively scheduled to enter production in 2013.

Specific products and services include:
• AN/VIC-3
• AN/VIC-5 (currently in First Article Testing)

1.2.4 Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS)
Product Manager: LTC Samuel Ancira, Jr.
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To develop, acquire, produce, field and sustain reliable, effective and supportable satellite systems for DoD and the joint community.

WESS supports the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) and constellations with super high frequency band satellite communications to the Soldier and joint forces with faster response times and greater capacity from the garrison to the battlefield. WESS provides earth terminals and gateways, network planning and monitoring, satellite payload control, jamming response, and power and bandwidth management.

Products and Services
WESS manages the acquisition, development and modernization of enterprise satellite communication systems and state-of-the-art satellite network control and planning systems for use with the Defense Satellite Communications Systems, WGS, and commercial satellite systems. WESS control systems are deployed worldwide at Wideband Satellite Operation Centers. Their satellite communications portfolio includes terminal and baseband products that are integrated into a system-of-systems architecture supporting strategic communications infrastructure, presidential communications, the Defense Information Systems Network, Army LandWarNet (LWN), the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), and tactical reach back for deployed forces through DoD satellite communications gateways. The office provides comprehensive acquisition expertise, systems engineering and integration in support of other service program offices and defense agencies, including the DoD Teleport Program and the Missile Defense Agency.

Specific products and services include:

• AN/GSC-39
• AN/GSC-52A
• AN/FSC-78
• AN/TSC-86A-F
• AN/GSC-52B(VX)/G Modernization of Enterprise Terminals

Systems and Subsystems:
• AN/GSC-70 Ka-Band Satellite Transmit and Receive Systems
• Multiplexer Integration and DCSS Automation System
• BMDS Protected Anti-Jam/Anti-Scintillation Wideband

Net-Centric System
• DSCS Integrated Management System
• Global Terrestrial Critical Control Circuit System
• Power Control Management System
• Wideband Global Spectrum Monitoring System
• Frequency Conversion Subsystem
• Digital Communications Satellite Subsystem
• Joint Management and Operations Subsystem
• Replacement Radio Frequency Interconnecting Subsystem

• Jam-Resistant Secure Communications
• BMDS OM-88 Anti-Scintillation Modem
• Special Communications Link
• Government-to-Government Communications Link
• Common Network Planning Software
• Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem MD-1366/U
• Patch and Test Facility
• Replacement Patch Test Facility
• Replacement Frequency Modulation Orderwire
• Remote Monitoring and Control Element
• Global Satellite Configuration Control Element
• Replacement Satellite Configuration Control Element
• Wideband Remote Monitoring Sensor
• Terrestrial Critical Control Circuit Remote User
• Wideband Satellite Operations Management System Network and Workstation

1.3 Enterprise Services (ES)
Project Director: Mr. Jeremy Hiers
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To develop, deliver and sustain enterprise-level IT services that enable end-to-end communication, collaboration, messaging, content management and application hosting across the Army.

The Project Director Enterprise Services (PD ES) was established in September 2012 to provide management of three product director offices within the PEO EIS Enterprise Management Systems portfolio: Enterprise Email (EE), Army Knowledge Online (AKO) and Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS). ES synchronizes initiatives and major lines of effort between these three programs to deliver effective enterprise-level services to the Army to meet current and future hosting, email, collaboration and content management needs. ES also supports the execution of the Army Data Center Consolidation Plan (ADCCP) by acquiring and fielding the operating environment to selected installation processing nodes and Army Core Data Centers (CDCs). End state of this initiative will enable rationalization of over 13,000 existing Army applications and allow consolidation at the installation level, (for local applications), and into several enterprise-level data centers (for enterprise applications).

Products and Services
ES provides services to the Army through three Product Director offices and two Project Officers:
• EE provides a web-based, Common Access Card (CAC)-enabled enterprise email and calendar solution to Army users hosted by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), replacing legacy installation email servers and For Official Use Only (FOUO) AKO email
• ALTESS provides hosting solutions to owners of enterprise applications
• AKO provides legacy web-based e-mail, information repository; CAC-based Single Sign On (SSO) and collaboration tools
• Project Office Next Generation AKO Services provides the next generation of enterprise content management and collaboration tools • Project Office Army Data Center Consolidation Plan (ADCCP) provides a standardized operating environment for applications and systems in closing data centers to migrate to designated enduring data centers.

1.3.1 Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS)
Product Director: Mr. Richard Eva
Radford, Va.

To provide technology, expertise and world-class IT services to the DoD through effective and efficient data center operations in a secure environment. ALTESS is a DoD leader in providing hosting solutions and service delivery with proven, state-of-the-art technologies.

ALTESS provides full life cycle support for DoD IT systems. In addition to providing IT service management based on IT Infrastructure Library version 3 best practices, ALTESS operates a state-of-the-art data center and provides data management, information security, applications sustainment and customer support to federal organizations and Soldiers worldwide.

Products and Services
ALTESS provides full life cycle IT solutions, support and services to the Army’s acquisition community and DoD customers in a secure, high availability infrastructure and data center operations to over 2.5 million users worldwide. ALTESS operates a state-of-the-art environmentally conscious data center with a first-class enterprise network operations, systems engineering, applications sustainment and service management capabilities. ALTESS is a leader in providing cost-effective data center services for the Army and DoD.

1.3.2 Army Knowledge Online (AKO)
Product Director: Dr. Kenneth Fritzsche
Fort Belvoir, Va.

Social Media

To provide premier portal and enterprise services that enable transformation and efficiency among Soldiers, the Army workforce and the extended Army community; providing these services through communication and collaboration capabilities that are secure, reliable and accessible anytime, anywhere; and, support the coordinated transition of AKO capabilities to emerging enterprise service providers.

Each day, over 350,000 users log in to AKO to read or send email, to collaborate on documents or to search for information. In fiscal year 2012, AKO sent over two billion email messages, facilitated over 150 million logins to the AKO portal and stored over 26 million files. AKO provides a secure enterprise suite of collaboration, communication and identity management services to the Army around the world.

AKO’s intranet services include a single enterprise web portal, SSO services to over 1,000 applications, Army-wide directory services, organizational and personal file storage, email, calendars, contacts, presence and awareness, instant messaging, chat, video messaging, blogging, business process management and search.

Products and Services
As the largest intranet service provider in the DoD, AKO provides its users with unlimited data storage for organizations; blogs, forums, and customizable profiles; video messaging; instant messaging; business process management tools; SSO services; and the Global Address List (GAL), one of the largest DoD social/professional networking databases available. Users can also create and administer individual sites, to act as project-based dashboards or as official organizational homepages. There are a range of components that can be added to individual sites, including channels designed to perform surveys, capture data, display HyperText Markup Language, and promote content. Using the AKO storage cloud, users can manage their files anytime, anywhere. Granular permissions are available on all content, including the ability to restrict access only to users who log into the site using a CAC. In the files area, it is also possible to deny access to individuals with certain attributes. All services are available in both the classified and unclassified domains.

1.3.3. Enterprise Email (EE)
Product Director: Mr. John Howell
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To improve Soldier communications and operations by providing access to email from any location – a complete Global Address List (GAL) and calendar sharing/management capability across the enterprise. The primary mission drivers for establishing EE services are improved mission effectiveness, unification of services, improved security, reduced cost and enhanced capabilities.

The DoD EE service provides secure email to the DoD Enterprise that is designed to increase operational efficiency and to facilitate collaboration across the organization. The EE service provides users secure access to email any time and from any location, regardless of whether users are stationary or mobile. EE supports coordination efforts by sharing individual, organizational and resource calendars across the DoD and its mission partners. EE reduces the cost of email by eliminating unnecessary administration and inefficient network configurations, thereby freeing resources to focus on other priorities. EE replicates users’ data in highly secure Defense Enterprise Computing Centers in order to provide organizations the level of assurance they need to ensure users’ communications are secure. The Army is obtaining EE capabilities as a managed service through an interagency acquisition with the DISA.

AKO’s intranet services include a single enterprise web portal, SSO services to over 1,000 applications, Army-wide directory services, organizational and personal file storage, email, calendars, contacts, presence and awareness, instant messaging, chat, video messaging, blogging, business process management and search.

Products and Services
EE serves as the direct interface between DISA and Army customers to provide an email solution for the enterprise that will provide/improve the following capabilities:
• Single GAL
• Shared calendars that support collaboration across the enterprise • Leverages Army licenses for Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office software
• Consolidation from hundreds of server locations to nine DISA data centers plus eight mini-pods
• Direct CAC/Public Key Infrastructure authentication promotes security and mobility, and reduces network complexity

1.4 Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities (I3C2)
Project Manager: COL Debora Theall
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To leverage IT and capabilities through transformation of network infrastructure and services for the Army’s Global Network Enterprise Construct/LandWarNet (LWN) and the DoD’s Joint Information Environment initiatives. I3C2 is the primary program responsible for acquiring and delivering the generating force network capability required to ensure a single Army network from each post/camp/station (P/C/S) to the tactical edge.

I3C2 supports the Army’s installation-level IT activities by providing the engineering, design and build of the network and infrastructure, as well as the tools and capabilities required to plan, coordinate, synchronize and conduct network operations.

In coordinating guidance from CIO/G-6, Army Cyber Command, and Network Enterprise Technology Command, I3C2 streamlines acquisition practices to implement available technologies and deliver relevant capabilities to Soldiers. I3C2 is focused on delivering LWN strategic level infrastructure and capabilities to transform the Army network into a centralized, secure, operational and sustainable enterprise and enable the Army to maintain the technological advantage in today’s battle space.

I3C2 is delivering enhancements to the Soldier’s ability to effectively “fight upon arrival” and is making a significant contribution towards achieving the Army’s IT objectives.

Products and Services
I3C2 deploys and modernizes IT infrastructure to provide secure, reliable, survivable, interoperable and standards-based access to data, voice and unified capabilities (UC) infrastructure. I3C2 provides these capabilities on classified and unclassified domains, and at coalition networks at permanent fixed P/C/S sites. I3C2 also provides contingency semi-fixed Forward Operating Base/Contingency Operating Base established sites and mobile ground operations. I3C2 enables and preserves the Soldier’s global connectivity and worldwide presence.

Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP)
Product Manager: LTC Robert Mikesh
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To enable Soldier capability through the modernization of IT infrastructure and life cycle management of the Army’s CONUS installation campus area voice, video and data networks and strategic command centers.

I3MP modernizes installation network infrastructure - voice, video, data, and connectivity - at Army installations in CONUS by using a standard architecture and equipment from multiple vendors. I3MP supports worldwide, network-centric operations and enterprise UC. I3MP engineers, furnishes, fields and tests a converged UC-ready infrastructure system, connecting the desktop to the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) through the Installation’s Campus Area Network (ICAN) and delivers security boundary equipment, as well as supports Strategic Command Centers (SCC) worldwide.

Products and Services
Modernize ICANs:
• Core infrastructure systems
• Distribution infrastructure systems
• Facilities infrastructure systems

Update Security Architectures:
• Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) and Secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) top-level architecture security stacks
• Voice over SIPR
• Voice firewalls
• Defense Red Switch Network expansion/moves

Strategic Command Center Modernization: • Visual information systems and video communication – briefing display systems

1.4.2 Korea Transformation (KT)
Product Director: Mr. Joel Phillips
Fort Belvoir, Va.

To enable Soldier capability through the modernization of IT infrastructure and life cycle management of the Army’s CONUS installation campus area voice, video and data networks and strategic command centers.

Initially established in February 2012, KT was the key enabler for achieving the Joint U.S./Republic Of Korea (ROK) Strategic Alliance 2015 objectives. These efforts are in direct support of the $10 billion transformation of forces in Korea, from Cold War locations to the new Alliance Warfighting Command Structure, consolidating 104 camps and stations into 48 installations and two enduring hubs. This will align and shape the force structure based upon U.S. and ROK enhanced capabilities and posture U.S. forces for increased peninsular and regional security.

The KT product office provides an end-to-end architecture for the relocation of United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea C4I assets and capabilities from USAG Yongsan, the Seoul Metropolitan Area and other designated locations to USAG Humphreys.

As the key enabler for achieving joint U.S./ROK Strategic Alliance 2015 objectives, KT has tactical level visibility. The U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) area of responsibility was added to the program in August 2012 to include modernization of IT infrastructure for voice and data systems, inside and outside plant, and C4I capabilities for all USARPAC command centers.

Products and Services
C4I enhancements will improve speed and agility, providing increased Soldiering capabilities. Existing systems and services from USAG Yongsan, the Seoul Metropolitan Area, and other designated locations will be migrated as part of the USAG Humphreys transition.

KT will provide and sustain classified and unclassified C4I capabilities, core networks, edge boundary controllers, local session controllers, and distribution and connectivity from the end- user buildings to the wide area network - to include telephony, data, audio-visual information, security, and Command and Control (C2) centers.

1.4.3 Power Projection Enablers (P2E)
Product Manager: LTC Mollie Pearson
Fort Belvoir, Va.

P2E delivers capabilities to a globally connected Army, providing the full spectrum of network and information services so that Soldiers, commands and supporting organizations can access, process and act upon information anytime, anywhere, thus enabling the application of force across all phases of Joint Operations throughout CENTCOM, ARCENT, EUCOM, AFRICOM, USAREUR, USARAF and PACOM.

P2E is responsible for acquiring and implementing enterprise-wide IT capabilities and services supporting deployed forces in the Central Command, European Command, Africa Command and USARPAC areas of operation.

P2E 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.

P2E supports the Army’s ability to integrate and manage infrastructure by enhancing capabilities and efficiencies throughout the its enterprise systems. Examples include e-mail, active directory, Army global directories, Army processing centers and related technologies deployed across all Army organizations.

Products and Services
P2E operationally leverages current and future enterprise resources including connectivity, equipment, network operations and personnel, to deliver a synchronized and seamless information capability that supports the Army’s transformation to a more net-centric and modular force. In addition, P2E’s capabilities include:
• Core data center computing, storage, and virtualization services supporting user data, voice over internet protocol (VOIP) and video services
• Telecommunications outside and inside cable plant – within installation fence line
• Transportable and modular technical control facilities
• Net-Ops (operator management and monitoring tool sets) • Afghan Mission Network (AMN) transport reach back from Southwest Asia (SWA) AOR to CONUS

The organization uses a diverse group of contracts to tailor acquisitions that best serve the deployed Soldier 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, P2E provides for high-capacity capabilities and near real-time throughput, enabling essential communications systems across the globe. P2E is also a critical enabler for the Army Enterprise, Army Knowledge Management (AKM) and the Army Campaign Plan (ACP).

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