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MET Achieves Major Milestone

By Michael Mcgarvey, Deputy PdM WESS

During the MET ribbon-cutting ceremony is left to right: LTC Billy Miranda, Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, BG John Morrison, Mr. Sheldon Fox, COL Clyde Richards and LTC Samuel Ancira.
During the MET ribbon-cutting ceremony is left to right: LTC Billy Miranda, Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, BG John Morrison, Mr. Sheldon Fox, COL Clyde Richards and LTC Samuel Ancira.

Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 17 to recognize the achievement of Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program.

The MET program is administered by Product Manager, Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PdM WESS), which falls within the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS) portfolio of products. The program is replacing aging, bandwidth-limited infrastructure with state-of-the-art satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals that can leverage the vastly increased data throughput capabilities of the DOD’s constellation of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites.

“Together,” said LTC Samuel Ancira, PdM WESS, “MET and WGS are finally putting us ahead of the DOD’s increasing demand for data, voice and video throughput. It’s moving us past our reliance on hard-to-maintain, limited throughput legacy equipment, and our increasing dependence on commercial satellites, which are expensive to use and are not standardized, not interoperable, and often times not even secure.”

The Belvoir MET installation is comprised of a fixed 12.2-meter antenna reflector assembly and associated SATCOM equipment, including control, monitor and alarm; performance measurement and testing; frequency and time standard; and transmit and receive subsystems. The installation also is hardened to protect against interference produced by High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse threats such as low-yield nuclear explosions.

The MET IOC dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred adjacent to the 596th Signal Company’s earth terminal facility on Fort Belvoir. Mr. Wiltsie and BG (Promotable) John B. Morrison, Commander, Network Enterprise Technology Command, spoke at the ceremony, as did COL Clyde E. Richards, Jr., PM DCATS, and LTC Ancira.

Approximately 120 invitees attended the event, including Mr. Sheldon Fox, President, Government Communication Systems, Harris Corporation, and LTC Billy Miranda, Commander, 302nd Signal Battalion.

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Posted July 18, 2014