National Guard beefs up Reserve system

The National Guard Bureau recently completed the acquisition phase of its $2.3 billion Reserve Component Automaton System upgrade.

RCAS integrates the disparate databases that support planning, administration and mobilization for Army Reserve forces. The service began the project in 1988 and then kicked off a revamp of the original system in 1996.

Roughly 10,500 Army National Guard and Reserve units will use the revised system at about 4,000 sites in all 50 states, three U.S. territories and Washington when it is fully deployed by next summer.

Soldiers will use one PC, which connects to most Defense Department and Army core business programs, said Maureen Lischke, CIO for the National Guard Bureau.

'This integrated system provides timely and accurate information'an especially crucial factor for troop mobilizations,' she said.

Earlier this year, the National Guard awarded a $115 million task order to SRA International Inc. of Fairfax, Va., to provide lifecycle maintenance for RCAS.

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