Signal Command adds network duties

Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello

SALT LAKE CITY'The Army will launch two initiatives Oct. 1 to help standardize its software and networks.

To bring enterprise management to its many networks, the service's Signal Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., will become the Network Enterprise and Technology Command, said Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello, the Army's CIO, at the Software Technology Conference. The new command, known as Netcom, will have technical control over the information management directors at all Army installations.

The current Signal Command director, Maj. Gen. James Hylton, will head Netcom, Cuviello said.

Also, to make sure all Army programs are running the same versions of software, the service will set what it calls a software-blocking policy. The policy will force program managers to get approval for all new version upgrades. Software specifications will be locked down for 18 months, and the Army will deploy only one version of a package to all installations in that 18-month period, Cuviello said.

'So when a program manager says 'I've got Version 5.0,' fielding will take place within a set time, and we'll have the entire Army with it,' he said.

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