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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Another key part of CECOM is the Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) in Pennsylvania, which maintains more than half of all communications and electronics equipment for the Department of Defense. TYAD pro- vides full-spectrum logistics support to the Soldier, including fabrica- tion, integration, and field support to C4ISR systems. With 51 forward depot-level locations worldwide, approximately 20 percent of our TYAD professionals are in the field actively supporting our units. At Fort Hood in Texas, our Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF) team performs Army Interop- erability Certification testing and configuration man- agement for all operational through tactical-level C4I systems, applications, and hardware before release. Essentially, the CTSF ensures that all network compo- nents operate together as intended in the field. Finally, CECOM includes the Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC) in Fort Huachuca, Ari- zona. Our ISEC engineers provide network upgrades to increase the bandwidth, reliability, and security of legacy information systems globally. ISEC's work enables Soldiers to send and receive voice, data, and video transmis- sions more quickly and efficiently. CECOM also maintains operational control of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center and Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG). These partnerships allow us to align technology efforts within the C4ISR portfolio and ensure the Army maintains its competi- tive advantage. A&M: CECOM is a C4ISR sustainment command. Why is C4ISR sustain- ment so important to battlefield readiness? MG Taylor: It may come as a surprise, but even with the cost of research, development, production, testing, and fielding, up to 70% of the life cycle time and cost for a piece of C4ISR equipment is in sus- tainment. That is mostly because the Army upgrades, modernizes, and continues to use capabilities long after they are fielded. When it comes to supporting Soldiers' post-deployment reset of C4ISR capabilities under the Army's Sustainable Readiness Model, which is the successor to the decade-old Army Force Generation model, CECOM now has to reset in less than half the time. Pushing software patches, updating hardware, keeping the supply part inventory rightsized, and removing obsolete equipment from unit inventories is a huge job. But it's incred- ibly important for both battlefield readiness and fiscal responsibility. A&M: Management of software, licensing, and intellectual property are a growing problem to the Army. We see that CECOM's SEC will soon host the third Army Software Solarium at APG. How is this getting after the software management problem? MG Taylor: You hit the nail on the head with the first part of that ques- tion. Literally every piece of combat equipment, business system, and the computer on everyone's desk runs on software. Until our SEC took the lead, no single entity within the Army enterprise had responsibility for software management. We have the armor, fires, Soldier, and avia- tion centers of excellence, as well as the Program Executive Offices and Program Managers for hardware systems. But there's no equiva- lent structure for software. And remember, all that hardware needs TARDEC TACOM LCMC HOME OF THE U.S. ARMY DETROIT ARSENAL April 25-26, 2018 Warren, Michigan ARMY CONTRACTING CENTER • Showcase Your Capabilities • Meet Leaders and Decision Makers • Learn Army Needs PEO CS&CSS, GCS, SOLDIER Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, commanding general of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), highlights C4ISR equipment readiness for Army Prepositioned Stock (APS) with Maj. Anne Rennard of the 403rd Army Field Support Battalion during a visit to the APS-4 climate controlled warehouse on Camp Carroll, South Korea. (Official US Army photo) COMMANDER'S CORNER 12 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2018

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