Army KICCs off $4b comm project in Kuwait, Iraq

Army KICCs off $4b comm project in Kuwait, Iraq

By spring, the Army will free up hundreds of tactical signal unit soldiers in Kuwait and Iraq to come home or be reassigned to other jobs. Contractors will perform the work the signal soldiers are currently doing.

The Kuwait-Iraq Command, Control, Communications and Computers Commercialization project is sending contractors to take over the connection of about 180 voice, data and video nodes at 100 bases and camps in Southwest Asia.

KICC, part of the $87 billion supplemental budget signed last month by President Bush to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, will support more than 100,000 troops now deployed in the region, officials said.

The program will offer joint and coalition forces commercial telecommunications equipment equivalent to what they currently use, said Jack Dempsey, the deputy assistant program manager. Eventually, KICC will upgrade the comm equipment.

The program has so far received $298 million for operations, maintenance and equipment procurements. Army officials expect the program costs to exceed $4 billion through its lifecycle.

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