Soldier-finder software bound for Iraq

Soldier-finder software bound for Iraq

The Army will test a classified component of its Electronic Military Personnel Office system in Kuwait and Afghanistan next month and, if it works as expected, roll it out in January to all battalions in Iraq.

The Deployed Theater Accountability Software, which runs over the Defense Department's Secret IP Router Network, is an extension of eMILPO. DTAS will give warfighters and managers a constant view of all troops in theater.

'This will help fix the past problems of not having a good history of a soldier's exact location,' said Kevin Carroll, the Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems.

DTAS will receive updates from eMILPO, the Army's primary unclassified human resources system. The deployed system will give commanders an up-to-the-minute view of soldiers moving about the battlefield.

The client-server, Web-enabled DTAS software has a three-tier architecture: the enterprise database, the theater database and the mobile system, said Maj. Robert Cummins, DTAS systems integrator and assistant project manager for the Army's Human Resource System.

EDS Corp. is lead contractor for the $9.5 million eMILPO program and was also selected to build the DTAS software under a separate, $3.6 million program.

The data that populates DTAS will come from eMILPO and the Defense Manpower Data Center. Cummins said DTAS can operate offline, but it requires network connectivity to synchronize data.

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