Armor & Mobility

MAR-APR 2018

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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EMPOWERING READINESS THROUGH C4ISR INTEGRATION Major General Randy S. Taylor Commanding General U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) A&M: You have been in command at U.S. Army Communications-Elec- tronics Command (CECOM) now for almost one year. Can you tell us what you have learned during that time? MG Taylor: Before becoming the commanding general in April 2017, like most Soldiers I thought of CECOM as the ones who rebuilt commu- nications gear after redeployment or provided technical support in the field. I underestimated the scope of CECOM's vast responsibilities and capabilities. That is because CECOM's work, when we are doing our job well, is primarily behind the scenes. And that's a good thing. The American Soldier, to fight and win, depends on CECOM to sustain expeditionary command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) readiness. It is amazing how much our team of roughly 16,000 Soldiers and Civilians do to enable mission command across multiple domains. In fact, the most common statement I hear from Soldiers who visit is that they wish they'd known earlier everything that CECOM does. A&M: Could you give us an overview of CECOM's mission and structure? MG Taylor: Simply put, we empower the Soldier with winning C4ISR capabilities. This means that our talented professionals are laser- focused on providing the Soldier with the best logistical support, from birth to grave, for virtually every piece of electronic equipment in the Army's warfighting inventory. Our work ranges from protecting and updating Army's software, to maintaining communications and electronics equipment, to conducting interoperability and certification testing with coalition partners, to upgrading the White House's network infrastructure. CECOM is headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD, where I also serve as the senior installation commander. At APG, our Software Engineering Center (SEC) is a major part of CECOM. Most Soldiers don't think about software on a day-to-day basis, but SEC touches them daily. When they scan their badge to eat in the dining facility, when they order supplies, and when they use C4ISR systems in their command post, SEC provides and sustains the soft- ware for those systems. One of the most critical things SEC provides is force protection—writing and fielding the software that protects aircraft from enemy radar and missiles and our ground troops from remote-controlled IEDs, among other threats. Also at APG, we have our Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC). Through rapid acquisition, maintenance, and fielding, the ILSC repairs C4ISR systems as far forward as possible to support combat- ant commands, including in Southwest Asia, the Korean peninsula, and Europe. Forward repairs reduce turnaround time, and in some cases repair-cycle time, decreasing the duration the Soldier is without equipment. Major General Randy S. Taylor assumed duties as the 15th Com- mander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and Senior Commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground on April 13, 2017. As the commanding general for a 16,000-person, two-star global command and the senior commander of a 28,000-person military base, General Taylor serves as the U.S. Army's command, control, computers, communication, intelligence, surveillance, and recon- naissance (C4ISR) materiel integrator. He is responsible for enabling the U.S. Army's warfighting readiness by providing sustainable global C4ISR support. General Taylor enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19, later graduated from the University of Maryland, attended Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1988 and was first assigned to the Berlin Brigade, West Berlin, Germany, as rifle platoon leader. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology and Management and holds Master's degrees in Telecommunications Management, and National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. COMMANDER'S CORNER March/April 2018 | Armor & Mobility | 11

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