Army network will add bandwidth in Iraq

Army network will add bandwidth in Iraq

The Army recently fielded the Coalition Military Network, a new IP-based, satellite communications system, to support forces in Baghdad.

Adding bandwidth on demand to aid coalition forces in their fight to move insurgents out of Fallujah and other areas, the satellite network provides voice and data communications to the Coalition's Multi-National Division. The network helps remote bases in Iraq communicate over voice channels, the Nonclassified IP Router Network, and the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System, a secret data network for coalition forces.

CMN is a component of the Kuwait-Iraq Command, Control, Communications and Computers Commercialization project. KICC offers commercial telecommunications equipment to give coalition forces access to the Global Information Grid, the Defense Department's multibillion-dollar project to build a massive network for communications and data exchange.

'The CMN extends the Global Information Grid to the coalition's remote sites in Iraq,' said Lt. Col. Joseph Schafer, the Army's project manager for KICC. 'Our vision is to strike a balance between the need to deliberately build out the GIG at the major base camps and to quickly extend the GIG to more temporary locations.'

The network uses technologies like the Time Division Multiple Access and Demand Assigned Multiple Access. The prime contractor for CMN is Lockheed Martin Corp.

'This allows the system to expand and reduce the bandwidth used, based on actual instantaneous requirements, rather than paying for the wider bandwidth all the time when users only need it part of the time,' said Ron Mikeworth, a project coordinator for CMN.

The Coalition Multi-National Division includes U.S., British, Polish, Ukrainian, South Korean and Philippine forces.

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