Monday June 25, 2012
What is it?
Capability Set (CS) 13 is the first fully integrated suite of network components fielded as part of the Army's new Agile Capabilities Life Cycle Process. CS 13 addresses 11 critical Operational Need Statements submitted by theater, giving commanders and Soldiers vastly increased abilities to communicate and share information.
Key capabilities include Mission Command-on-the-Move, allowing leaders access to network capabilities found in Tactical Operations Centers while mounted in combat vehicles; and delivering the network to individual Soldiers at the squad level. CS fielding is aligned with Army Force Generation requirements; eight Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs), in the queue for deployment, or in the available pool will receive CS 13 beginning in October 2012. Up to six more brigades will be fielded in FY 14; fielding schedules for FY 15 and beyond are in planning.
What has the Army done?
The Army has fundamentally changed the way it delivers capabilities to Soldiers. As part of the Agile Capabilities Life Cycle Process, all Network capabilities will be operationally and technically integrated by a BCT conducting Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs) at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.. NIE brings Soldiers, materiel developers, and engineers together in a realistic operational environment to guide the selection of mature capabilities for inclusion in future CSs.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
CS fielding is an iterative process, allowing the Army to incrementally modernize over time and ensure formations have what they need, when they need it. The CS fielding plan begins re-alignment of our vehicle and network fielding plans, limiting fielding to Infantry BCTs preparing to deploy and maximizing fielding to Stryker BCTs able to accept the CS with few modifications. That re-alignment will be completed when the Army finalizes Engineering Change Proposals (ECP) to deliver CSs to Armored Brigade Combat Teams.
Why is this important to the Army?
CS fielding develops an affordable, synchronized vehicle and network equipping modernization plan that prioritizes capabilities for deployed forces; mitigates strategic risk by delivering the latest capabilities in accordance with Army Force Generation requirements; and mitigates operational risk in non-permissive environments via installing network infrastructure such as integration kits and cabling onto MRAP vehicles in Army pre-positioned stocks. CS fielding provides an unprecedented, integrated network solution supporting mission command requirements for the full range of Army operations.
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