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The Trojan Spirit to Warfighter Information Network migration plan, Volume II

MG John Thomas and MG Pat Cavanaugh approved Volume II of the Trojan-Spirit-to-Warfighter-Information-Network migration plan Aug. 31. The migration plan is the single, unified plan for consolidating communications capabilities and network support while aligning military-intelligence requirements with the emerging WIN.

The newest plan, Volume II, is the second of two publications that are Training and Doctrine Command’s directives to merge the communications functionality of TS with the evolving WIN architecture. The plan continues to serve as an enabler for Force XXI and Army transformation efforts.

The first migration plan was approved Oct. 21, 1998, by the Intelligence Center’s and Signal Center’s commanding generals. It was subsequently approved by TRADOC Nov. 21, 1998, and sent to Department of the Army for funding support.

Volume II contains updated and refined Intelligence Center-validated needlines and information-exchange requirements to support the analysis-and-control-element enclaves at the division (non-transformed), corps and echelons above corps. For the first time, this plan provides the new requirements for the Army’s transformation initial brigade-combat team.

Specifically, this plan provides the newest 2001 migration definitions for voice, fax, data, imagery, video collaboration and messaging. It also includes reachback requirements for the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, secure Internet protocol routed network and other national-intelligence wide-area support.

In addition to the updated operational architecture, this plan provides a systems-architecture update. It also provides new and updated information on the role of strategic tactical-entry point in the migration, TS recapitalization, personnel support, funding requirements, migration schedule and recommendations on disposition of TS systems once migration is completed in the interim division.

As already mentioned, for the first time this migration plan addresses the migration operational-architecture requirements for the IBCTs and support to the brigade’s main tactical-operations center, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition squadron and tactical-unmanned-aerial-vehicle system. Finally, this plan takes the migration well past the "PowerPoint" stage and into the demonstration and validation phase using the concept-experimentation program initiative as a tool.

The plan’s goal continues to be the synchronization and smooth transition of the dedicated communications capability and network functionality of TS to a proven and reliable WIN / intelligence-support architecture. This WIN architecture will provide habitual and assured network access that will be jointly interoperable with other service components.

The migration plan, Volume II, was extensively coordinated among the Intelligence Center, Signal Center, TRADOC, Communications-Electronics Command, Intelligence and Security Command, program executive office for command, control, communications and security, PEO for intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors, and DA proponents. The plan has been forwarded to the chief of staff, TRADOC, for approval, and will then be sent to DA for funding.

Point of contact is Scott Long, PEO IEW&S liaison, Signal Center, (706) 791-7892 (DSN 780)

Acronym QuickScan
DA – Department of the Army
IBCT – initial brigade-combat team
IEW&S – intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors
PEO – program executive office
TRADOC – Training and Doctrine Command
TS – Trojan Spirit
WIN – Warfighter Information Network

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