1.0 Communications, Computing Infrastructure and Core Enterprise Services


1.1 Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS)
Radford, VA

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PD ALTESS utilizes energy efficient cooling and server technologies to provide superior data management to its customers.

Project Summary
ALTESS provides full lifecycle IT solutions, support, and services to the Army’s acquisition community and DoD customers in a secure environment with a high availability infrastructure and data center operations to over 2.3 million users worldwide. ALTESS operates a state-of-the-art “green” data center with a first class Enterprise network operations, systems engineering, applications sustainment, and Enterprise level service management capabilities. ALTESS is a leader in providing cost-effective data center services for the Army and DoD.

1.2 Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online (AKO/DKO)
Fort Belvoir, VA

Project Summary
Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online (AKO/DKO) provides a secure suite of collaboration, communication, and identity management services to the entire Army community, as well as numerous DoD components and Federal agencies.

With an extensive list of online tools and services, AKO/DKO facilitates knowledge and information management, connecting those who know with those who need to know, 24/7/365. In addition to all Army components — Active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard (ARNG) — AKO serves Department of the Army (DA) civilians and contractors, Army Retirees, and Army-sponsored guests (including family members). DKO leverages the AKO infrastructure to provide the same suite of services to the broader DoD and Federal communities.

On an average business day, more than 350,000 users log into AKO/DKO over 800,000 times. More than 16 million files are stored on the portal, with thousands uploaded daily. The site’s servers process roughly 13.6 million email messages and two million instant messages each day.

Products and Services
As the largest professional network in the DoD, AKO/DKO provides its users with: unlimited data storage for organizations; blogs, forums, and customizable profiles; video messaging; instant messaging (also known as chat); business process management (BPM) tools; single sign-on (SSO) services; and the Global Address List (GAL), one of the largest DoD personnel databases available.

Users can also create and administer individual sites, to act as project-based dashboards or as official organizational homepages. There are a range of components that can be added to individual sites, including channels designed to perform surveys, capture data, display HTML, and promote content. Using the AKO Storage Cloud, users can instantly manage their files anytime, anywhere and from any device. Granular permissions are available on all content, including the ability to restrict access to users who log into the site using a common access card (CAC). In the files area, it is also possible to deny access to individuals with certain attributes. All services are available in both the classified and unclassified domains.

1.3 Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS)
Fort Belvoir, VA

Project Summary
As the Army’s designated mandatory source for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) IT, CHESS provides a no-fee flexible procurement strategy through which customers from all government organizations may procure COTS IT hardware, software and services through an e-commerce-base process. CHESS offers simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online ordering system known as IT e-mart. These contracts provide continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidation of requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army’s buying power.

CHESS provides architecturally sound standards and policy-compliant IT Enterprise solutions from a multitude of prime industry IT providers to all Army activities and organizations. A key enabler for CHESS’ success is its relationships with Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC), Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Signal Command, and Army Contracting Command National Capital Region (ACC-NCR) and Rock Island (ACC-RI).

In accordance with Army Regulation 25-1 “Army Knowledge Management and Information Technology,” CHESS is also responsible for implementation of the twice-a-year Consolidated Buy (CB) program that offers desktop and notebook computers and printers at a substantial price savings. The CB process is the most cost-effective approach to fulfilling user requirements for these products. The CB directly supports the Army CIO/G-6 strategy for acquiring products which are fully compliant with Federal Desktop Computing Regulations as well as DoD and Army security and interoperability standards.

In addition, CHESS is the Army’s DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Software Product Manager (SPM). In this capacity, CHESS is responsible for managing the DoD and Army Enterprise Software Agreements (ESAs) whose use has been mandated by the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplements (DFARS) and Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplements (AFARS). CHESS has the authority to grant waivers if an ESA cannot meet user requirements. Other responsibilities in this area include: consolidating software requirements, developing business cases, assisting contracting officers in negotiating best-value deals, and administering resulting agreements.

In doing so, CHESS helps to reduce acquisition and support costs by leveraging DoD’s buying power.

Products and Services
• COTS hardware and software products
• Enterprise hardware and software services agreements
• IT and Small Business services contracts
• Customer support

1.4 Defense Communications and Army Transmissions Systems (DCATS)
Fort Belvoir, VA

Project Summary
The Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems manages a suite of more than 100 projects and rapidly delivers these capabilities in direct support of global missions inclusive of support to Army Forces, senior national leadership and combatant commands in joint, unified and multi-national operations.

DCATS provides worldwide strategic satellite communications and wideband control systems, long-haul terrestrial microwave and fiber optic communications systems, Technical Control Facilities (TCFs), Combat Service Support (CSS) communications systems, critical power infrastructure, terrestrial communications, combat vehicle intercom systems, in-transit visibility, and other leading technologies to meet current and future Army requirements.

Organizations within Team DCATS are:
• Defense Wide Transmissions Systems (DWTS), Section 1.5
• Land Mobile Radio (LMR), Section 1.7
• Satellite Communications Systems (SCS), Section 1.10
• Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS), Section 1.11
• Wideband Control (WC), Section 1.12
• Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (J-AIT), Section 2.3

1.5 Defense Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS)
Springfield, VA

Defense Wide Transmission Systems provides best value solutions to meet strategic long-haul and base-support communications needs worldwide for the DoD and for other U.S. government agencies. Specifically, DWTS has two primary missions. The first mission entails program and life cycle management of the Connect-the-Logistician systems, which includes the Combat Service Support (CSS) Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI) and the CSS Satellite Communications (CSS SATCOM) programs. The second mission entails implementing and sustaining Wide-Area Transmissions systems, which includes Terrestrial Transmissions (Global C4 Commercialization as well as TCFs) and Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) SATCOM Transmissions.

Products and Services
• Defense Wide Transmission Systems (Office)
• Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI)
• Combat Service Support Satellite Communications (CSS SATCOM)
• Terrestrial Transmissions
• World Wide Technical Control Improvement Program (WWTCIP)

1.6 Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP)
Fort Belvoir, VA

Project Summary
The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) modernizes installation infrastructure and terrestrial transmission (voice, video, data and connectivity) by using a standard architecture and equipment from multiple vendors.

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AN/GSC-70 Ka-Band Satellite Transmit and Receive System (Ka-Stars) Terminal, Wahiawa, Hawaii.

I3MP provides a robust and scalable networked information infrastructure that allows migration to a network-centric, knowledge-based operation, and enhances connectivity between forward deployed forces with Continental United States (CONUS), Europe, and Pacific based forces. I3MP is a part of the joint effort to improve and protect LandWarNet by enhancing the infrastructure for better efficiency and effectiveness of the network and Army interoperability across DoD.

1.7 Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
Fort Belvoir, VA

LMR modernizes the Army’s CONUS and Pacific non-tactical LMR systems in order to support installation public safety organizations and functions. These include: first responders, force protection measures and other installation management functions. LMR provides spectrum efficiencies by executing the migration of Army posts, camps, and stations to narrowband frequencies as mandated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). LMR acquires solutions that meet Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) P25 interoperability standards.

1.8 Network Enterprise Services (NES)
Fort Belvoir, VA

NES consolidates under one project manager all PEO EIS Network and Enterprise Services missions in order to provide a comprehensive enterprise approach to U.S. Army IT initiatives. NES provides the infrastructure and enterprise services that directly support the generating forces and provide the foundation for tactical operations in country. It includes the Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS), Acquisition Business Systems (AcqBusiness), Power Projection Enablers (P3E), Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online (AKO/DKO), and Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP).

1.9 Power Projection Enablers (P2E)
Fort Belvoir, VA

P2E enables the Army with globally connected capabilities that provide the full spectrum of network and information services so that soldiers, commands and supporting organizations can access, process, and act upon information anytime, anywhere for all operations. This enables the application of force across all phases of joint operations.

P2E tenets are:
• To host the Army’s applications, data and IT services in an interconnected set of globally linked and defended data centers in both a physical and cloud environment.
• Enable a globally connected Army to build and employ an informed war fighting force that can fight on arrival.
• Build a standardized, global info-structure that is scalable, accessible and defensible.
• Enable streamlined access to applications, service and data.
• Provides capability to perform Joint NETOPS.
• Facilitates seamless transition from garrison to training to deployed missions with common services available in all environments.

Additionally, P2E provides responsive, customized cabling upgrades; imagery; and technical control facility implementations in the U.S. Army Central Commands area of responsibility. The organization uses a wide range of contracts to tailor acquisitions for the deployed soldier’s mission.

1.10 Satellite Communications Systems (SCS)
Fort Belvoir, VA

DCATS’ SCS product office manages the acquisition, development, and modernization of Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) system earth terminals and baseband equipment for all military services and agencies. SCS represents a system-of-systems approach for DoD SATCOM sites and facilities. SCS combines baseband and terminal expertise in one organization. The office provides comprehensive acquisition expertise; systems engineering for all strategic, DoD Teleport, Standard Tactical Entry Point (STEP), and gateway sites; configuration management; resolution of interoperability and interface issues between baseband and radio frequency equipment. SCS also provides for the application of Army and DoD policies, directives and mandates; planning and execution of advanced technology demonstration program; and a common Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) leadership to minimize redundancies and jurisdictional issues.

Products and Services
• AN/GSC-39 terminals
• AN/GSC-52A terminals
• AN/FSC-78 terminals
• AN/TSC-86A-F terminals
• AN/GSC-70 Ka-Band Satellite Transmit and Receive Systems (KaSTARS)
• AN/GSC-52B(VX)/G Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET)
• Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM) MD-1366/U
• Multiplexer Integration and DCSS Automation System (MIDAS)
• Joint Internet Protocol Modem (JIPM)
• Support to DoD Teleport
• Support to STEP
• Jam-Resistant Secure Communications (JRSC)
• Direct support to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
• BMDS OM-88 Anti-Scintillation Modem
• BMDS Protected Anti-Jam/Anti-Scintillation Wideband Net-Centric System (PAAWNS)
• Special Communications Link (SCL)
• Government-to-Government Communications Link (GGCL)
• Digital Communications Satellite Subsystem (DCSS)

1.11 Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS)
Fort Belvoir, VA

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 The AN/VIC 3 Vehicle Intercom System, (Headset worn by the soldier in this photo), provides hearing protection and advanced communications capabilities to over 50 platform variants.

DCATS’ VIS product office provides vehicle intercom systems which allow soldiers to communicate in the high-noise environments of combat vehicles – a high Army priority. The VIS product office provides the current VIC-3 intercom system for Army tactical vehicles including those deployed in the conduct of current operations, as well as new production units. The VIS office provides systems for vehicle upgrades, resets and re-missioning programs. The VIC-3 allows crews of tactical vehicles to communicate with each other above vehicle and/or combat noise. VIC-3 allows all crew members to receive/transmit over a military radio. It protects soldiers from permanent hearing damage from high noise levels in modern tactical vehicles through the use of state-of-the-art active/passive noise reducing headsets. VIC-3 is the standard vehicle intercom in more than 50 tactical vehicle variants. Multiple components allow tailoring for specific vehicle configurations and interfaces with many military communications systems. VIC-5 will be the next generation vehicle intercom solution across vehicle platforms and will accommodate more users and more radio interfaces as well as new capabilities, including: virtual intercoms, Ethernet, embedded SIP server/client, point-to-point calling, inter-vehicle networking via VOIP, remote radio control, radio-to-radio rebroadcasting as well as Binaural Headset capability.

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The AN/VIC 3 Vehicle Intercom System, (Headset worn by the soldier in this photo), provides hearing protection and advanced communications capabilities to over 50 platform variants.

Products and Services
• AN/VIC-3 Vehicular Intercom System
• AN/VIC-5 (next generation of VIS)
• Tactical Active Noise Reduction/Passive Noise Reduction (ANR/PNR) Headsets
• Technical Support (Vehicle Survey, Installation and Training)
• Acquisition Support

1.12 Wideband Control (WC)
Fort Belvoir, VA
Project Summary

DCATS’ WC project office acquires and installs state-of-the-art strategic satellite network control and planning systems for use with the Defense Satellite Communications Systems (DSCS), Wideband Global Satellite (WGS), and commercial satellite systems. All of the subsystems operations and communications between operators and processors are provided at one console location and are viewed from a multi-headed workstation, which allows access to the network database and permits simultaneous display of database components. These systems are typically deployed at Wideband Satellite Operation Centers (WSOCs) worldwide.

Products and Services
• Common Network Planning Software (CNPS)
• DSCS Integrated Management System (DIMS)
• Frequency Conversion Subsystem (FCS)
• Global Satellite Configuration Control Element (GSCCE)
• Global Terrestrial Critical Control Circuit System (GTC3)
• Joint Management and Operations Subsystem (JMOS)
• Power Control Management System (PCMS)
• Patch and Test Facility (PTF)
• Replacement FM Orderwire (RFMOW)
• Remote Monitoring and Control Element (RMCE)
• Replacement Patch Test Facility (RPTF)
• Replacement Radio Frequency Interconnecting Subsystem (RRFIS)
• Replacement Satellite Configuration Control Element (RSCCE)
• Terrestrial Critical Control Circuit Remote User RU (TCCC)
• Wideband Global Spectrum Monitoring System (WGSMS)
• Wideband Remote Monitoring Sensor (WRMS)
• Wideband Satellite Operations Management System (WSOMS) Network and Workstation

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