µCyber - Transforming the Army Signal Regiment

Friday August 19, 2011

What is it?

µCyber ("µ" a Greek word for "micro") is the current effort underway changing: (1) the way the Signal Regiment operates, (2) the types of equipment used, (3) the level of support provided, (4) the process used to purchase equipment, (5) the approach to educating Signal Soldiers, and (6) the number of Signal MOS. With the continuing miniaturization of electronics, we are able to buy smaller, lighter weight systems that are generally more capable than our current systems. This is µCyber. By 2014 we will have Expeditionary Signal Battalions (ESB) managing teams of four Signal Soldiers providing support to headquarters at all levels; combined teams and packages will support larger headquarters.

What has the Army done?

The Signal Center of Excellence (SIGCoE) conducted holistic look at the challenges facing the Regiment in supporting the Army Operating Concept (AOC). The analysis indicated that the Regiment cannot provide full coverage for many units. Additionally, the Regiment is unable to rapidly field evolving cyber technologies due to an antiquated acquisition system. The SIGCoE developed a plan to provide Mission Command Essential Capabilities to all echelons, greater beyond line of sight connectivity, mission command on the move, and integration of the Soldier into the network.

What's next?

The ESB-Enhanced will be equipped with smaller, more transportable network support packages consisting of the most current commercial technologies available; provide 52 small, 17 medium, and one large network support package; and consist of four separately deployable companies.

The Regiment will also develop multi-disciplined enlisted Soldiers reducing the current 13 MOSs to seven. Institutional training and education will transition to less training (pushing buttons and turning knobs) and more education to ensure better transition between continuously changing commercial technologies.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Signal Regiment is currently designed to support a small segment of our Army; in essence, we are currently structured for the type of combat seen during Desert Storm. However, this only meets 34 percent of the Signal requirements under the AOC. Every level of our Army needs voice, data, and video capabilities to conduct full‐spectrum operations. Using smaller, simpler, and more capable equipment not only requires less people but is, on average, 50 percent less expensive than the systems we use today (which also supports the Affordable Force Modernization), and increases available Signal support to meet 98 percent of the Signal requirements without increasing the personnel end strength.

Resources:

Signal Regiment website

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