CONUS Theater Signal Command
What is it?
The Continental United States (CONUS) Theater Signal Command is a recently approved signal organization aligned under NETCOM/9th Army Signal Command. It provides a single commander responsible for the operation and defense of the CONUS LandWarNet construct. The organization provides two additional signal brigades geographically focused in CONUS with regional chief information officers (east and west). This structure will provide an improved 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 operational tempo across all operational phases.
What has the Army done?
The Vice Chief of Staff, Army, approved the concept for the CONUS Theater Signal Command on July 30, 2007. The execution order was staffed and then released by Army G-3, Operations and Plans, on Sept. 21, 2007. NETCOM/9th Army Signal Command has released its concept plan, which is currently being staffed by G-3.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will use a phased approach to build the organization and pattern it on similar Outside-CONUS Theater Signal Commands (Southwest Asia, Pacific, and Europe). Milestones will include establishment of the general officer and cadre at Fort Gordon, Georgia, in July 2008, initial operational capability in January 2009, and full operational capability in January 2010. The command will define and develop operational relationships aimed at improved control and integration of CONUS NetOps efforts by all active component, reserve component, and National Guard Directors of Information Management (DOIMs) and Service Centers.
Why is this important to the Army?
Operational experience shows that the CONUS LandWarNet operational base lacks the command and control capabilities and structure necessary to support CONUS-based, information-enabled expeditionary operations. Currently, the CONUS area of operations is the only geographical area that does not have a theater-level signal command with a supporting signal brigade to provide LandWarNet services to the Soldiers. All command and control for the numerous CONUS DOIMs is provided by NETCOM as part of its global mission. As the complexity and density of the LandWarNet mission expands, the new Theater Signal Command will provide an increased focus on the mission-essential services required by Soldiers to train, fight, and sustain themselves in the current operational environment.