Communications upgrades continue in Iraq

HERSHEY, PA. - Hundreds of Army civilians and contractors are in Iraq upgrading satellite terminals for better security and transmission capabilities, installing commercial hardware and software products to beef up Army and coalition computer infrastructures, and bringing wireless technologies to the fight.

Part of the effort is the Kuwait Iraq Command, Control, Communications and Computers Commercialization project.

KICC, part of the $87 billion supplemental budget to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, is "commercializing the Army's infrastructure," Kevin Carroll, program executive officer for enterprise information systems, said yesterday at the Army Small Computer Program's annual IT conference.

Another component is the Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems, a program out of Fort Monmouth, N.J,. that provides strategic satellite ground communications equipment covering X, C, Ku and Ka band terminals.

DCATS contractors, along with personnel from the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Air Force and the Army, are currently modernizing six Teleport satellites and more than 50 terminals through which most of the military communications comes in. The effort will result in a $365 million lifecycle savings for DOD, Carroll said.

The Teleport system, run by DISA, will integrate and manage a wide variety of communications interfaces between the Defense Information Systems Network terrestrial and tactical satellites.

"We have efforts to try to relocate some and to try to secure them better," Carroll said.

A third area is the Combat Service Support Automated Information System Interface modules, which links unclassified logistics systems through a wireless network.

"This has really been a big hit in both Afghanistan and Iraq," Carroll said.

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