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Trojan Spirit to Warfighter Information Network migration plan update

The Volume II draft of the Trojan Spirit to Warfighter Information Network migration plan was staffed to prepare for March’s "home-on-home" conference between the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and the U.S. Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Ga.

The Trojan Spirit-to-WIN migration plan is the single, unified plan for the Army command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community to strengthen communications support for the ISR functional area (FA 34, strategic intelligence). Volume II is the second of two publications that compose directives by Training and Doctrine Command to merge the functionality of Trojan Spirit with the Army’s common-user system and the evolving WIN architecture. Trojan Spirit continues to serve as an enabler for Force XXI and Army transformation efforts.

Then-Signal Center commander MG Peter Cuviello and Intelligence Center MG John Thomas directed Volume II at the August 1999 Signal Center/Intelligence Center home-on-home conference. Volume II contains updated and refined Intelligence Center-validated needlines and information-exchange requirements to support the analysis-and-control-element enclaves at division, corps and echelons above corps.

Specifically, Volume II defines migration requirements for voice, fax, data, imagery, video collaboration and messaging. It also includes reachback requirements for Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, secure Internet protocol routing network and National Security Agency net for national-intelligence support. This plan contains a systems architecture update, addresses ACUS modernization requirements, standard tactical-entry point connectivity, information assurance for top secret/sensitive compartmented information users, personnel support, migration validation, schedule and costs.

Also, for the first time this migration plan addresses the migration operational architecture requirements for the initial brigade combat teams and support to the brigade main tactical-operations center, the reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition squadron and the tactical-unmanned-aerial-vehicle system. Finally, this plan takes the migration well past the "Powerpoint" stage and into the demonstration and validation phase.

The migration plan’s goal continues to be the synchronization and smooth transition of Trojan Spirit’s functionality to a proven and reliable C4ISR architecture that is jointly interoperable with the other service components. A key to successful migration is the continued downsizing of C4 system components (ACUS and WIN) that contribute to a reduced C4ISR footprint and enhanced mobility.

Volume II was extensively coordinated with the C4ISR team – composed of the Intelligence Center, Signal Center, headquarters TRADOC, headquarters Communications-Electronics Command, headquarters Intelligence and Security Command, program executive officer command, control, communications and surveillance, PEO intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors, as well as headquarters, Department of the Army.

Signal Center point of contact for the Trojan-Spirit-to-WIN migration plan is Scott Long, PEO IEW&S liaison officer, DSN 780-7892 or (706) 791-7892.

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Defense advanced Global Positioning System receiver acquisition strategy

The Global Positioning System Joint Program Office released a program research-and-development announcement Commerce Business Daily solicitation June 20, 2000, for study/development of GPS ground receivers. A PRDA is a publication in CBD of a requiring activity’s interest in new and creative research-and-development solutions to scientific or engineering problems, with the "intent to solicit proposals."

The DAGR/GGR PRDA lays the groundwork for the Army next-generation selective-availability antispoofing module-based hand-held GPS receivers to replace today’s precision lightweight GPS receivers.

JPO was on track to make contract awards in early October 2000, then received a preaward protest that started a nominal timeline for the General Accounting Office to resolve by Jan. 19. GAO made the decision a week early (Jan. 12) to deny the protest.

JPO now plans to award six GGR PRDAs: two in pursuit of a "full-up" or "high-end" DAGR and up to four in pursuit of a lighter, smaller, less expensive SAASM-based hand-held.

PRDA deliverables will be 1) draft specifications; 2) test data; and 3) cost-as-an-independent-variable analyses for both solutions.

The period of performance for all PRDA contracts will be 14 months, leading to production contracts awards in late fiscal year 2002.

Signal Center POC is Russell Gambrell, DSN 780-7901, email gambrelr@gordon.army.mil.

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AN/GSC-52 modernization

The AN/GSC-52 (V) 1 fixed and AN/GSC-52 (V) 2 vanized SATCOM terminals are approaching the end of their 15-year lifecycle, but the modernization program is on schedule. First-article testing, scheduled for completion in September, is in progress at Fort Gordon, the first site to be modernized. Government-led teams are installing production modernization-program kits worldwide.

The initial instructor and key-personnel class was scheduled to start at Fort Gordon April 16. The IKP course’s primary objective is to train Fort Gordon instructors to acquire enough knowledge and develop adequate skills to instruct this information in resident training. The IKP will also serve as the training vehicle for personnel participating in the maintainability demonstration, which will occur right after the first IKP course is completed.

The IKP course will also train up to 12 information security/project manager for defense communications and Army transmission systems personnel involved with government installations. To achieve these objectives, PM DCATS has agreed to hold three IKP classes.

Qualified instructors from O’Neil & Associates, who subcontracted with Harris Corporation under the AN/GSC-52 modernization contract, will instruct IKP training as well as provide all training material, including interactive electronic technical manuals. PM DCATS will provide one laptop per two students for use during the IKP.

Signal Center POC is Frank Stein, DSN 780-7903, email steinf@gordon.army.mil.

TSM-Warfighter Information Network-Tactical

Training and Doctrine Command systems manager merger

The Training and Doctrine Command systems manager for network management and TSM Warfighter Information Network-Tactical merged into the TSM WIN-T office in December 2000. The new TSM WIN-T organization has a WIN-T branch and a network-operations branch. COL Gregory Tate was chartered as the TSM WIN-T.

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Joint Network Management System

The Joint Network Management System is being developed to provide commanders-in-chief and commanders of joint forces with a joint-communications planning-and-management system. The request for proposal was released to industry Oct. 19, 2000. Proposals from prospective contractors were received Dec. 4, 2000. Source selection was slated to be final in March, followed by a contract award in April.

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Army Key Management System

New-equipment training for local communications-security management software with Release 3 software is ongoing. To date, more than 90 Army accounts have been trained and fielded. NET was scheduled to run through March.

Resident training at the Signal Center is scheduled to begin in March 2002. In the interim, gap training will be available at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., until March 2002.

The Phase 4 transition will begin with the establishment of 20 Army pilot accounts. Follow-on procedures for Phase 4 transition will be under Fort Huachuca’s direction.

Acronym QuickScan
ACUS – Army common-user system
C4 – command, control, communications and computers
C4ISR – command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
CBD – Commerce Business Daily
DAGR – defense advanced G(lobal Positioning System) receiver
DCATS – defense communications and Army transmission systems
FA – functional area
GAO – General Accounting Office
GGR – G(lobal Positioning System) ground receiver
GPS – Global Positioning System
IEW&S – intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors
IKP – instructor and key personnel
ISR – intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
JPO – Joint Program Office
PEO – program executive office(r)
PM – project manager
POC – point of contact
PRDA – program research-and-development announcement
SAASM – selective-availability antispoofing module
SATCOM – satellite communications
TRADOC – Training and Doctrine Command
TSM – T(raining and Doctrine Command) systems manager
WIN – Warfighter Information Network

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