The local communications-security management software is one platform of the Army Key Management System. LCMS provides automation for the detailed accounting required for every COMSEC account. It also provides electronic-key generation and distribution capability. LCMS resides on a local-management device, which will either be a desktop or laptop personal computer.
The LCMS course is a follow-on to the standardized COMSEC custodian course.
New-equipment training for LCMS with Release 3 software is scheduled to begin June 19. Two classrooms have been set up with 20 workstations each. All COMSEC primary and alternate custodians will attend 80 hours of training at Fort Gordon to learn the new automated system. Attendance at NET will generally coincide with the fielding of LMD with key processor to each account.
Current schedules have NET for Europe in October and November, and NET for Korea from December through January 2001. Continental-United-States sites are scheduled for June to September and February 2001 through January 2002.
NET on LCMS for the Army is being conducted at the Signal Center and will last about 18 months. Resident training will begin after completion of NET.
The tactical Internet/local-area network manager tool provides the maneuver commander’s staff (G-6/S-6) with a capability to manage the systems and devices that comprise the TI and tactical-operations center LAN. The TOC LAN provides the enabling infrastructure for the warfighter’s command-and-control systems to distribute data and information. Army battle-command systems and other off-the-shelf host machines provide the software applications that use TI to execute C2 on the battlefield. After-action reports and lessons-learned from Army advanced warfighting experiments resulted in the requirement to develop an automated TI and TOC LAN management capability.
A user’s functional description further defines the TI/LAN manager’s operational functionality and serves as a baseline between the combat developer and the product manager for communications-management systems. The TI/LAN manager is an ongoing software product development by TRW that is currently hosted on the Force XXI battle-command brigade and below Appliqué computer. Release 1.0 software was delivered in February to the Central Technical Support Facility at Fort Hood, Texas, for integration and field testing in conjunction with continuing FBCB2 testing.
TI/LAN manager with Release 1.0 software is currently being trained at Fort Drum, N.Y., for 10th Mountain Division soldiers to support their participation in September’s joint-contingency-force AWE. Similar training is planned for the initial brigade combat team S-6 soldiers. The IBCT training is scheduled this summer at Fort Gordon, Ga., for the newly activated 334th Signal Company soldiers enroute to duty at Fort Lewis, Wash., as part of the first initial brigade transformation.
The TI/LAN manager Release 2.0 software is scheduled for delivery to support the first digitized division warfighter exercises planned at Fort Hood for first quarter of fiscal year 2001. Subsequent releases of software are planned to grow the TI/LAN manager into a useful tool to aid the G-6/S-6 soldiers in accomplishing their TI and TOC LAN network-management mission.
An upgraded version of the integrated-systems control is being fielded to 124th Signal Battalion in December to provide the unit the capability to manage its unique network. The FDD ISYSCON incorporates more software functionality and provides 124th Signal Battalion the capability to plan, engineer and monitor the asynchronous-transfer mode and high-capacity line-of-sight radio-based network. The new software also incorporates battlefield videoteleconference planning, an information-assurance management cell interface and a TI/LAN manager interface.
The 124th Signal Battalion’s NET has already begun. The 124th Signal Battalion received commercial-off-the-shelf training in April and system administrator, staff user and maintenance training in May. NET training will culminate June 5-21 with crew drills for the player units, 3d Signal Brigade and 13th Signal Battalion. The 124th Signal Battalion will use the upgraded ISYSCON to plan and monitor its network in the ATM limited user test in August. Following NET, Operational Test Command conducted a pilot test April 24-28 and a LUT record test at Fort Hood May 8-19.
Following a successful materiel release decision on software, 124th Signal Battalion will be formally fielded ISYSCON in December.
The Joint Network Management System is a modular software system that provides a commander-in-chief and commander of joint forces with a joint communications planning and management capability. It provides communication planners with capabilities to conduct high-level planning (war planning); detailed planning and engineering; monitoring; control and reconfiguration; spectrum planning and management; and security of systems and networks supporting joint operations. As an enabler for information superiority as well as command and control, JNMS serves as the commander’s "brain center" for the systems and networks supporting his forces. It ensures command, control, communications, computers and intelligence unity of effort; exploitation of total-force capabilities; and proper positioning and fusion of critical information.
The operational-requirements document for JNMS was developed by a Joint-Staff-led joint network-management working group. After several general-officer-level staffings, Training and Doctrine Command approved JNMS July 19, 1999, and then JNMS was submitted for review to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. The ORD was then briefed to the Army Requirements Review Council.
RRC endorsed the ORD to go forward in the JROC process, but the Joint Requirements Board decided the ORD didn’t need to go to JROC and issued the following guidance: the Army would remain as ORD approval authority; a joint-program designator of "joint" would be assigned to JNMS; and the Army was to proceed with developing JNMS.
During this process, the Army established a requirement for a new interoperability key-performance parameter. The new interoperability KPP was certified by the Joint Staff J-6 March 31, so TRADOC is finalizing the ORD.
TRADOC reapproved the Warfighter Information Network-tactical ORD Dec. 20, 1999, after Department of the Army comments to the Aug. 23, 1999, ORD were incorporated into the revised document. The updated ORD was briefed to the assistant deputy chief of staff for operations and plans (force development) in early May and followed by a mid-May briefing to the two-star RRC.
The 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood (also known as the Army’s FDD) is continually being upgraded with both communications and automation resources. The latest communications equipment to be used by 4th Infantry Division will be HCLOS, a state-of-the-art digital radio that will support data-rate transfers of up to eight megabytes. The division is planning to incorporate the new radios into an upcoming "switch exercise" in the late June/early July timeframe.
The lead contractor for the ATM FDD conducted a quarterly program review March 14. Highlights of the review included environmental test results on the node-center switch conducted at Aberdeen, Md.; minor modifications made to the advanced small extension node shelter; and COTS hardware/software status. The implementation of COTS items directly into the tactical environment continues to challenge the contractor as commercial-product manufacturers upgrade their equipment’s firmware, hardware and operating systems, and redefine protocol standards.
The TRADOC systems manager for WIN-T is working closely with the Signal Center’s combat-developments directorate and project manager for WIN-T on the continued fielding of tactical high-speed data network and single shelter switch, seen most recently at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 82d and 327th Signal battalions.
Representatives from WIN-T have been supporting the IBCT brigade rock drill with various subject-matter experts at the combat-service-support rock drill at Fort Lee, Va., and the C4I, surveillance and reconnaissance rock drill at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The brigade-and-below rock drill was conducted April 26-30 at Fort Knox, Ky. Other IBCT efforts TSM-WIN-T is supporting include reviewing operational/organization plans, modified tables of organization and equipment, fielding schedules and training schedules.
TSM-WIN-T is assisting in developing a tactical-leader’s course and senior-leader’s course for soldiers being assigned to IBCT at Fort Lewis.
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