Continental United States Theater Signal Command
What is it?
The Continental United States (CONUS) Theater Signal Command is a recently approved signal organization aligned under the 9th Signal Command. It provides a single Commander who is responsible for the operation and defense of the CONUS LandWarNet construct. The organization provides two additional signal brigades in CONUS, one focused on the east and one focused on the west geographic regions. This structure will improve the Army’s ability to dynamically adjust network priorities and availability. This expansion will enhance the ability of the expeditionary forces to rehearse as they fight, transition, and maintain a high operational tempo.
What has the Army done?
The Vice Chief of Staff, Army, approved the CONUS Signal Command concept on July 30, 2007. The 9th Signal Command released the concept plan, which is currently being staffed in the Pentagon.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will use a phased approach to build the organization patterned after overseas signal commands. The initial phase will establish the general officer and cadre at Fort Gordon, Ga., in July 2008, in order to be fully operational by January 2010. The Command will define and develop operational relationships aimed at the improved control and integration of CONUS Network Operations across all active, Army Reserve, and National Guard directors of information management and service center sites.
Why is this important to the Army?
Operations revealed that the CONUS LandWarNet operational base lacks the command and control capabilities and structure to support information-enabled expeditionary operations. Currently, the CONUS area of operations is the only geographic area that does not have a theater-level Signal Command with supporting signal brigades to provide LandWarNet services to the Soldiers. As the complexity and density of the LandWarNet mission expands, the new Signal Command provides an increased focus on the Soldier’s mission and the essential services required to train, fight and sustain in the current operational environment.