VSAT gives Army real-time access to GCSS

The Army has found a new innovative use for an old platform.  For years, the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) has been used to provide a compact and portable Internet and communications connection.  Now the Maintenance Troop of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment is testing it for field access to the Global Combat Support Systems-Army, the single Army enterprise system for supply, maintenance, property and tactical finance.

The latest field test and integration is significant because previous programs associated with GCSS-Army would take much longer to update part deliveries, work orders and maintenance scheduling – sometimes days – while the incorporation of the VSAT provides a faster connection for real-time updates.  Applying VSAT to GCSS-Army allows immediate updates, expedites Army maintenance and directly increases the combat readiness level of line units, the Army said.

For soldiers in the field, accessing the GCSS-Army via VSAT allows them to more easily distribute materials such as clothing, tools, construction gear, vehicles and repair parts.  Previously, customers would have had to wait for staff with the rear detachment to process and ship parts to the field site.  The addition of the VSAT also allows for instantaneous deletion of orders no longer needed. 

Maintenance Troop successfully tested the VSAT capabilities for GCSS-Army and Supply Support Activity in a deployed environment. In the future, other Army units will be able to use VSAT once GCSS-Army has been implemented within their unit.

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Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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Mon, Jul 25, 2016 vVickie Arakansas

Where can you parts? I need lock washer for dish connect

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 AD

Mark, your statement "The Army has found a new innovative use for an old platform" ... isn't correct. We planned and fielded those dishes as THE enabler for GCSS-A (and we started in 2003).

Fri, Jul 24, 2015 Arbuthnaught

I am astounded to read that you need clerks to enter parts orders in a computer based system. Everyone else has gone to first line people ordering their own parts a long time ago.

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