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As Army shutters data centers, ALTESS serves as ‘staging area’ for apps that aren’t cloud-ready, February 09, 2018

It’s now been a little over a year since the Army issued a highly-prescriptive directive, telling its commands and installations exactly which IT systems needed to move from which data centers, which data centers had to be closed, and when.

But it became clear pretty quickly that a lot of those applications just weren’t ready to move. In many cases, their design was too antiquated to run in a modern cloud computing environment. One solution to that problem has been ALTESS, something of a hybrid between a traditional data center and a cloud environment operated by the Army in Radford, Virginia.

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First Army Base Installs IP Infrastructure, January 31, 2018

U.S. Army stakeholders are working together to steadily modernize the network that reaches from the home station to the tactical edge. To understand this effort, one needs to understand the changing mission requirement for the command element at home station to maintain a consistent, secure, and reliable connection with dispersed, tactical teams maneuvering on the battlefield.

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Army Opens First-of-its-Kind Training System for Wideband Satellite Operators

11 JAN 2018 - Fort Gordon, GA – The U.S. Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence (USACCoE) today unveiled the Army’s first-of-its-kind Wideband Training and Certification System (WTCS). Students attending the USACCoE’s Satellite Systems Network Coordinator Course will use WTCS to apply classroom learning to simulations generated from real-world events. Soldiers training on WTCS will soon staff the Army’s Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Centers (WSOC) located at five military installations worldwide. At the WSOCs, operators perform satellite payload management tasks for the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation of satellites, delivering world-class, resilient, assured, secured, and reliable strategic communications capability worldwide for the U.S. Army, all of DoD, other government agencies and the National Command Authority.

The WTCS allows instructors to build tailored scenarios to support specific training objectives. The WTCS reacts in real time to student input, allowing each scenario to develop realistically and simulate an unfolding situation. The first class of WSOC operators to use the WTCS is already underway and will graduate in February 2018.

COL Enrique Costas, the Program Manager for Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS), says WTCS enhances the Army’s operational readiness. “Army SATCOM enables satellite communications for carrier strike groups, deployed air wings, special operations task forces, intelligence assets, and strategic forces, providing them a decisive advantage to fight and win in any environment against any adversary. By using WTCS to ‘train how we fight,’ WSOC operators will be better prepared to deliver their 24/7, no-fail mission to enable satellite communications for our Warfighters. It is all about operational readiness; the Army’s number one priority.”

PM DCATS selected the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to develop and field the WTCS. It is PEO STRI’s first training and simulation system for space hardware. Brigadier General William E. Cole, the Program Executive Officer for PEO STRI, stated that “Creating a complex virtual training system from the ground up which provides high fidelity and an immersive experience is second nature to PEO STRI. WSOC operators have the responsibility to ensure satellite communications are always up and running. The WTCS will be an integral part of meeting that responsibility by providing training that prepares the WSOC operators to handle basic operations and more importantly, to be able to handle anomalies and threats. WTCS offers the realistic training at an accelerated pace and a very reasonable cost.”

The WTCS is a modular, interactive training and simulation system to be used by the Army’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 25S, Satellite Systems Network Coordinator Course, Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) 1C. The USACCoE WTCS consists of two classrooms including 12 student and 2 instructor classroom workstations, 6 realistic, high fidelity laboratory training workstations, and 2 instructor lab workstations. Each WTCS supports up to 12 simultaneous running simulations, each representing a “mini WSOC”.

The ribbon cutting marks the delivery of the first two of seven WTCS trainers which PM DCATS and PEO STRI will field at WSOC facilities worldwide before May 2018.

Army site gives cloud migration teams a leg up, January 05, 2018

The Army Application Migration Business Office (AAMBO) launched a new public-facing website to help the Army IT community get on the same page about requirements for cloud migration.

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Better, faster, cheaper, December 11, 2017

How to acquire and provide capability better, faster and cheaper has been a consistent theme in defense acquisition for decades. In this era of cyber, information technology (IT) and software-intensive systems, technology moves faster than the traditional acquisition system can support. Traditional timelines for requirements, funding, development, production and fielding span years. By the time systems are delivered to Soldiers, the need they were designed to fill may be several years old.

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New Army office targets IT for soldiers worldwide, December 01, 2017

Leaders at the Army Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems oversee a range of network-related programs and services, and now they’re looking to bring some continuity to the process with a new assistant program executive officer focused on integration.

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Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions is the Army's designated Primary Source for commercial IT

FORT BELVOIR, VA, November 9, 2017 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI), awarded a ceiling increase for Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software (ITES-SW) on Nov 7, 2017. ITES-SW is a firm-fixed-price contract. The contract ceiling has increased from $49 million to $179 million, allowing Army customers uninterrupted access to the three prime vendors supporting critical Army missions. The contract period of performance remains unchanged.

The scope of the ITES-SW contract includes commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) software products and related services that have obtained a full Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) applicable under the following categories:
IT Utility & Security
Modeling & Simulation
Multimedia & Design
Program & Development

The ceiling increase applies to the following vendors:
W52P1J-15-D-0006 Four Inc.
W52P1J-15-D-0007 Immix Technology
W52P1J-15-D-0008 Carahsoft Technology Corporation

The ceiling increase was driven by an increase in delivery orders over the past year. Doug Haskin, Product Lead, CHESS states, "The ITES-SW contract has been a runaway success story for the Army, resulting in faster acquisition times, lower prices, and improved security. This is the first contract of its kind for the Army and the demand was so great that the initial ceiling amount was reached within the first two years of the five year contract. CHESS and ACC-Rock Island are already hard at work (sooner than planned) on the follow-on ITES-SW2 contract and are planning an information exchange session with industry in December to discuss. In the meantime, this ceiling increase will allow Army customers continued access to this important contract, which includes no fees and uses CHESS' online RFQ process through our IT e-mart website.”


Based at Fort Belvoir, VA., CHESS reports to the Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army Knowledge Management partners, including the U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command, and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit

DoD takes Future Army Commission ideas to heart

federal news radio, October 24, 2017

The Future of the Army Commission scored a perfect 100 with the Defense Department in the recommendations it gave the Pentagon, combatant commanders and Joint Staff in its 2016 report.

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AT&T wins Army contract for 1 million users

Washington Technology, October 23, 2017

AT&T Corp. has won a $35.8 million contract to provide 1 million Army users with a wide range of communications and collaboration services under a subscription fee model.

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Army says data consolidation improves security and cloud migration, October 20, 2017

Army IT developers say ongoing efforts to expedite the service’s Data Center Consolidation Plan are reducing the global hardware footprint, increasing security, lowering costs and accelerating a massive migration to the cloud.

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PEO EIS Overview & Update, October 13, 2017

The Army's IT management has taken a beating in recent weeks for failing to keep with the times. But the branch's head of Enterprise Information Systems said it's past time for the Army to build more adaptable networks.

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The Shift to Multi-Domain Ops

C4ISRNET, October 10, 2017

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The Army’s Network is Fragile and Vulnerable

c4isrnet, October 10, 2017

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Communications readiness: ‘Can you hear me now?'

AL&T, October 04, 2017

This column is the first in a new Army AL&T series, PM Perspective, which looks at acquisition from the viewpoint of the program, project or product manager. These are big programs—generally acquisition category I and II— not only in terms of their importance to the Soldier, but also in terms of sheer dollars. How do PMs deal with the complexity of the teams that staff these programs? What do they wish they’d known then that they know now? What lessons can other PMs take from their experiences?

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What is the Army doing to secure and defend its cyber terrain?, August 01, 2017

This is part six of a series exploring the differences between military cyber forces, capabilities, mission sets and needs.

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PEO EIS using 'five-phase approach' for defensive cyber operations, July 10, 2017

The Army's program executive office for enterprise information systems is executing an approved plan based on prototyping to bolster its defensive cyber operations, according to the office's DCO product manager.

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Why Unisys is poised to get a piece of the U.S. Army's $250M cloud migration, June 26, 2017

It's one of 50 companies the Army selected for its large-scale basic ordering agreement, but one executive says it's well-positioned to compete.

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Global Combat Support System - Army Increment 1

Army Stand-To, June 06, 2017

Global Combat Support System - Army (GCSS-Army) is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that will modernize and integrate operations within every warehouse, supply room, motor pool, and property book office in the Total Army. GCSS-Army is based on a commercial software program that will ultimately be the largest ERP system in the Department of Defense. It will replace thousands of local databases with one common master logistics-enabled data warehouse. GCSS-Army offers all the benefits of its commercial ERP counterparts, as well as specifically addressing the unique needs of the Army.

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Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) featured on DVIDS, June 01, 2017

WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- When the Arsenal went “live” in May 2016 with a new logistics program, 40 years of managing 11 independent manufacturing platforms migrated into one centralized process called the Logistics Modernization Program Increment 2.

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FY18 budget request: The Army's top 10 modernization priorities, May 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army outlined its top 10 modernization priorities in its fiscal 2018 budget request with air-and-missile defense and long-range fires at the top due to the possibility the force will confront substantial near-peer threats in areas where access by both air and land won’t come easily.

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Army budget points toward multi-domain operations

Washington Technology, May 12, 2017

The Army will likely receive more funding from Congress in the coming years. And there’s a good chance that money will go towards ensuring proper staffing, training and equipment, instead of modernization. Despite its large operating budget, the Army still allocates smaller percentages for its research, development, test and engineering (RDT&E) budget than other service branches, and as a result, it has struggled when it comes to modernization.

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Army’s primary commercial IT contract rated ‘Best in Class’

Federal Times, May 09, 2017

An Army IT contract has been designated “Best in Class” by the Office of Management and Budget, granting it status as a preferred governmentwide acquisition vehicle. Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions, based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, has had its Army Desktop and Mobile Computing - 2 (ADMC-2) contract tapped as a preferred contract vehicle for acquisition officials seeking commercial off-the-shelf computer technology including standard common configurations of laptops and desktops (as well as tablets, monitors, printers, ruggedized and semi-ruggedized devices) that meet Army requirements and governmentwide strategic solutions standard configurations.

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Building Credibility

Army AL&T, May 08, 2017

Credibility gives authority and brings trust; it is the reward of good decisions, the product of consistent results and the currency that every leader deals in. If a program manager (PM) has credibility, people trust them to do what they say and then give the time, resources and the leadership support to do it. The opposite is also true. Indeed, as now-retired Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal noted, “Credibility equals freedom of action.” Credibility is especially key in the world of acquisition, where trust equals money, and a breach of trust can send an effort spiraling into a morass of bureaucratic red tape. Once a PM establishes credibility, oversight and controls will begin to loosen. The PM will begin breezing through potentially contentious briefings, will get calls in September at the end of the fiscal year asking if the PM can use a few million residual dollars, and overall more work will flow in their direction. These are just some of the positive effects of credibility. So how does a PM establish and maintain credibility? It’s a mix of character and action. When building your project plan, some actions produce far more credibility than others.

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How and why Army headquarters is going paperless

Federal Times, May 08, 2017

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Army works to improve hardware security, requirements amid ADMC protest

Defense Systems, May 08, 2017

The Army is refining requirements, policy and standards while striving to improve security for the hardware it buys and delivers across the force, officials said. The service plans to have the majority of office Windows 10 deployed by January of 2018. This move, which is also being vigorously pursued at the DOD level, is designed to increase security and keep pace with rapid innovations taking place in the private sector.

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