ARCYBER Commanding General deploys “Fires as a Service” at I Corps

By COL Liz CaselyMay 3, 2023

ARCYBER Commanding General deploys “Fires as a Service” at I Corps
I Corps Software Coder, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Phillip Dieppa, assists Lt. Gen. Maria Barrett with initiating an automated deployment of a modernized version of Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) to a cloud edge computing device April 21, 2023, during Barrett’s visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. This effort supports HQDA Army Data Plan strategic guidance to leverage Development, Security, and Operations (DevSecOps) and cloud capability at echelon to deliver mission command capability as a service.  (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCHORD, Wash. -- I Corps hosted the ARCYBER Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Maria Barrett April 21, 2023, to discuss the I Corps Operational Concept of Distributed Command and Control (C2).

I Corps Distributed Operations (agile, resilient, scalable, survivable) in the Indo-Pacific region advances and fortifies U.S., joint and coalition readiness with the ability to receive, integrate and employ joint and multinational forces. Distributed C2 requires an enabling network and C2 systems architecture that creates a forward posture in the Pacific region with operational and tactical capabilities prepared to respond rapidly.

Barrett and her staff, science advisor and chief technical officer, collaborated on I Corps’ approach to transport, services, data operations and cyber security in the Pacific. Specifically, I Corps is delivering mission command services by deploying existing capabilities in a modernized way. This modernized deployment includes a tactical path to production, using Infrastructure as Code (IaC). This reduces engineering and configuration workloads from days or weeks to just minutes.

The big takeaway is the rapid integration of joint and multinational forces, across active, reserve and guard, with the requisite capability to conduct operations. During the visit, Barrett deployed a modernized version of Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) to a I Corps cloud edge computing device.

I Corps and ARCYBER are partnered on efforts that successfully advance I Corps toward operating as a “data-enabled” organization. The I Corps Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson is driving his formation to “transition from PowerPoint” and “green books" to virtual “Commander and Staff Estimates” that rapidly informs decision making with “real-time or near-real-time data that is accessible and searchable.”

I Corps is leveraging its Soldier-manned Data Warfare Team along with ARCYBER tools and talent to implement a data fabric architecture that delivers data flows for critical mission threads. This capability produces machine-enabled decision making at echelon. Critical mission threads are Logistics Common Operating Picture, Sensor to Shooter to Sustainer and Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield. I Corps activities in this space solidly nest with and amplify all HQDA Army Data Plan Objectives.

Barrett met with multiple leaders across JBLM to include the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force, 22d Signal Brigade, and 17th Field Artillery Brigade. The capstone event was professional development where the ARCYBER commanding general discussed the level of change observed in I Corps, and how to lead it, implement it, and sustain it.