ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. –When it comes to readiness and accessing readiness, hardware and people tend to be at the forethought for discussion. A lot of thought goes into making sure enough of the proper equipment is delivered to the field and that Soldiers are suitably trained to use it.
But rarely is the software component considered, said the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Software Engineering Center Acting Director Garrett Shoemaker, during the inaugural Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Readiness Summit here, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.
Shoemaker leads the CECOM SEC team in making sure the software they deliver works correctly and is free of any mission critical defects.
“A lot of the initiatives we are putting in place, you may never see,” Shoemaker said. “These are the things we’re doing to make sure the software we deliver is operational, cyber secure, tested — the best product we can deliver.”
CECOM SEC is responsible for providing sustainment for tactical C5ISR, Army business, and Army enterprise resource planning systems by maintaining operational and cyber readiness for every system. This includes identifying and fixing software issues, testing updated software, and delivering the software to users around the world.
“The team inside SEC have operationalized software to the point that they have made a difference overseas,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Edmonson II, commanding general of CECOM and Aberdeen Proving Ground senior commander, during the summit. “There are formations, there are capabilities, and there are activities that are happening right now in theater because this organization has been able to operationalize.”
In addition, Shoemaker told those in attendance that CECOM SEC is committed to delivering readiness to tactical C5ISR systems by making sure all of the equipment is cyber secure.
“We have a world-class workforce here at SEC,” Shoemaker said. “They are very technical, very skilled, very motivated and they are dedicated to the mission to provide software sustainment and delivering readiness.”
SEC employees are responsible for providing monthly software patching and information assurance vulnerability alerts, and maintain authority to operate. The CECOM SEC team works closely with its project manager counterparts, program executive offices and approving officials to make sure all equipment in the field is secured, authorized to be on the network and that users can turn it on and confidently use it.
“When we deliver software,” Shoemaker said, “we are making it readily available to everybody.”