7th Signal Command (Theater) Heads into Second Year of Enterprise Network Transformation
April 26, 2010
<b>7th Signal Command (Theater) Heads into Second Year of Enterprise Network Transformation</b>
<b>What is it' </b>
The Army's LandWarNet (LWN) transformation will continue during 2010 and beyond as 7th Signal Command (Theater) (7th SC (T)) leads the march to consolidate command and control of network enterprise centers (NECs) in the Continental U.S. (CONUS) and Army South (ARSOUTH) area of responsibility (AOR) into a single, preeminent Army network enterprise.
The command marked its first anniversary on March 6, 2010 and reached full operational capability in October 2009.
<b>What has the Army done'</b>
To direct the CONUS LWN transformation, Army leadership reactivated 7th SC (T) on March 6, 2009, and tasked it to consolidate a host of loosely affiliated and independently managed networks in CONUS into a true enterprise system.
In 2009, 7th SC (T) assumed control of the 93rd and 106th Signal Brigades, CONUS and South Theater Network Operations and Security Centers, and 37 NECs previously assigned to the Army's Installation Management Command.
The command strategically cultivated an understanding of transformation goals and efforts and common operational requirements and listened to ACOMs', ASCCs' and installation commanders' special requirements during regular and extensive command visits during 2009.
Successes include progressing towards improved efficiency of business operations, establishing a cost culture, and consolidating multiple contracts while simultaneously working to minimize impacts to network users. Other examples include standardization of dialing codes for off post or DSN access, and elimination of PINs for long distance dialing. The command supported operating and generating forces in CONUS by deploying network enterprise support teams for dozens of missions during 2009.
<b>What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future' </b>
During the next three years, the Army will continue to transform LandWarNet to a centralized, more secure, operationalized and sustainable network.
7th SC (T) will lead this effort in CONUS and the ARSOUTH AOR through additional consolidations including the 21st Signal Brigade on June 1, 2010 and the remaining 23 NECs in CONUS, beginning with those currently assigned to Army Materiel Command, Corps of Engineers, Army Medicine, and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.
The command will continue working with leadership and consumers through local NECs to ensure a smooth transition, accounting for specific requirements of each organization, with a goal of sustaining or improving existing services and responsiveness.
<b>Why is this important to the Army' </b>
In step with GNEC, 7th SC (T) will provide, operate and defend the Army's premier network enterprise in the western hemisphere with common command and control and standardized policies, procedures, products and services that will help the Army team communicate more effectively and efficiently through all operational phases.
<a href="http://www.army.mil/info/organization/unitsandcommands/commandstructure/7thsignal/" target="_blank"> 7th Signal Command Web site</a>
<a href="http://www.army.mil/ciog6/docs/GNEC_2009_Brochure.pdf" target="_blank"> CIO/G6 GNEC Brochure </a>
<a href="http://www.army.mil/standto/archive/2009/09/28/" target="_blank"> STAND-TO! edition September 28, 2009: <i> 7th Signal Command provides Army Enterprise Network capabilities in CONUS</i></a>
<a href="http://www.gordon.army.mil/ocos/AC/Edition,%20Sept09/Sept%2009%20issue.pdf" target="_blank"> Army Communicator, PB 11-09-3 2009, Vol.34, No. 2, (various articles and pages) </a>