Command Center Configuration Baseline
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(FORT BELVOIR, Va) -- The Department of the Army's Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program initiated a 2018 project to modernize the information infrastructure at the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters.

The Army is modernizing prioritized command centers to establish a common operating environment across the Army network. This project supports the Army's initiatives to utilize a common operating environment by establishing the Initial Operational Capability for a Home Station Mission Command Center, referred to as an HSMCC. The intent of this modernization project is to provide the 82nd headquarters with the baseline information infrastructure required to perform the Mission Command Warfighting functions from the 82nd Airborne Division's home-station, Fort Bragg, NC.

This next-generation command center will enable the 82nd Airborne Division to conduct expeditionary, uninterrupted mission command during all operational phases. The 82nd Airborne Division is an active airborne infantry division that specializes in joint forcible entry operations. Within 18 hours of notification, the 82nd Airborne Division must strategically deploy to conduct a forcible entry parachute assault that secures key objectives for follow-on military operations in support of U.S. national interests. This modernization project will provide the mission-critical network with intuitive, secured, standards-based capabilities required to perform the 82nd Airborne Division's mission in a complex environment.

Under the business line for command center modernization, this project builds readiness into the Army network by connecting the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters' joint operations center with five supporting conference rooms. This command center configuration baseline enables Army leaders to support deployed, tactical operations centers by integrating numerous processes and activities within the headquarters and across the force as they exercise mission command.

The complex environment in which the Army operates requires solutions that evolve with the changing mission requirements. Using a phased approach, the Army continues to upgrade the network by modernizing command centers at home stations, institutionalizing the lessons learned from the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan to maximize leader development, human performance, and professionalism. By incrementally developing and integrating new solutions, the Army can ensure that services evolve with the complex environment.

This next-generation command center provides the robust infrastructure that empowers units with the Live, Virtual, Constructive Integrating Architecture in the Integrated Training Environment that enhances readiness. As a result, Soldiers and units will experience enhancements and improvements to capabilities across the network, more direct and transparent access to enterprise-level services utilizing HSMCC, Installation as a Docking Station, the Integrated Training Environment, and authoritative data sources.

Upgrading select command centers at Army installations within the continental United States supports the Army's continued modernization of the network from the tactical edge to the installation, enabling the transition to a regionally aligned, expeditionary fighting force. Command center information infrastructure modernization enables the Joint Warfighter and Mission Command Centers with emerging information technology and secure infrastructure systems, through lifecycle management, supporting Army Enterprise and Joint networks.

The strategic partners in the modernization of the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters are U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command (USAISEC), Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) and Net-Centric Enterprise Solutions (NES) Associates.

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