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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, September 7 2011

Today's Focus:

C4ISR Center of Excellence

Senior Leaders are Saying

Our Army is the nation's force of decisive action, a relevant and highly effective force for a wide range of missions. Trust is the bedrock of our honored profession -- trust between each other, trust between Soldiers and leaders, trust between Soldiers and their families and the Army, and trust with the American people. I am honored to serve in the ranks of the great men and women who willingly serve our country.

- 38th Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

What They're Saying

I see [suicide] a lot differently now. I think suicide training is something soldiers need to have and it needs to be emphasized ... I want ... people who are thinking about doing this to understand what you are doing to the people in your life -- your friends, your family and your spouses and your relationships. This devastates people.

- Spc. Christy Sawyer, a medic in 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, helped save a friend's life

Soldier saves friend from committing suicide

Today's Focus

C4ISR Center of Excellence

What is it?

The Army C4ISR Center of Excellence is comprised of primarily six independent and inter-dependent organizations that are collectively responsible for the life-cycle of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. It supports and draws support from the partnership between the U.S. Army Materiel Command and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology comprising the Material Enterprise. Its members include: U.S. Army Communication-Electronics Command U.S. Army Communication-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center U.S. Army Contracting Command-APG Program Executive Offices for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors and for Enterprise Information Systems. These organizations develop, acquire, provide, field and sustain world-class C4ISR systems and mission command capabilities for all services.

A ceremony formally dedicating the C4ISR Center of Excellence Campus will occur at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Sept. 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. This ceremony will recognize the successful completion of the BRAC legislation closing Fort Monmouth, N.J., and reestablishing those C4ISR capabilities at APG.

What has the Army done?

The C4ISR Center of Excellence Campus is an $857 million construction project encompassing 2.5 million square feet of office, laboratory and administrative space for approximately 7,200 personnel. Previously, the organizations were spread over 75 buildings at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Fort Belvoir, Va., Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Now, C4ISR CoE organizations work together in a close-knit environment of 15 state-of-the-art buildings.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

More than a physical complex of new buildings and laboratories, the C4ISR CoE is a transformational construct transcending organizational boundaries enabling excellence within a diverse community of practice. Functional areas, or domains, are collocated to better track products throughout entire life-cycles, from concept to combat. There are 13 domain structures built around C4ISR systems versus organizations, so the concept has placed personnel from all the CoE organizations working on similar projects in the same locations.

Why is it important to the Army?

The C4ISR CoE is the focal point for materiel, services, innovations, and research within this community of practice. It will optimize support for Soldiers by synchronizing materiel life-cycle functions in support of ARFORGEN. C4ISR organizations will link together in mission domains pulling together acquisition, project management, research and development, and sustainment functions across the life-cycle of systems and equipment improving communication avenues among the organizations and ultimately delivering better products to the Soldier faster.

Resources:

U.S. Army CECOM

C4ISR Center of Excellence
Virtual Tour: C4ISR Center of Excellence
Document: U.S. Army C4ISR Center of Excellence

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