Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS)
PM DCATS enables information dominance for the Army, Department of Defense, National Command Authority, and International Partners by acquiring, implementing, and sustaining strategic satellite and terrestrial communication systems, and by leading technologies to meet current and future requirements.
Project Manager COL Clyde E. Richards, Jr., leads a globally dispersed team of more than 250 military, civilian, matrixed and contractor personnel managing eight major programs for more than 45 customer organizations with an annual budget authority of more than $550M.
In supporting the mission of the Army’s Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), DCATS is responsible for a suite of more than 100 projects, ranging from worldwide strategic satellite communications and Wideband Control systems, long-haul terrestrial microwave, and fiber optic communications systems, to Technical Control Facilities, Combat Service Support communications systems, critical power infrastructure, and combat vehicle intercom systems. There are four product offices within PM DCATS portfolio of operations:
(1) Product Manager, Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS)
PdM WESS manages the acquisition, development and modernization of enterprise satellite communication systems and state-of-the-art satellite network control and planning systems for use with Defense Satellite Communications Systems (DSCS), as well as Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) and commercial satellite systems. PdM WESS control systems are deployed worldwide at Wideband Satellite Operation Centers (WSOCs). Their satellite communications portfolio includes terminal and baseband products that are integrated into a system-of-systems architecture supporting strategic communications infrastructure, Presidential communications, the Defense Information Systems Network, Army LandWarNet, the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and tactical reach-back for deployed forces through DoD satellite communications gateways.
(2) Product Director, Defense Wide Transmission Systems (DWTS)
PD DWTS is responsible for lifecycle management of major defense terrestrial and Satellite Communications (SATCOM) programs, including the Combat Service Support (CSS) Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI), the CSS SATCOM Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), and the Terrestrial Transmissions (TT) programs. In addition, PD DWTS is charged with operating state-of-the-art technical control facilities. It provides and sustains the Global Command Terrestrial Communications Program (GCTC), including Long Haul Communications and Video Teleconference support to classified Special Users. PD DWTS also manages the implementation of the Spectrum Relocation program.
(3) Product Director, Vehicular Intercom Systems (VIS)
PD VIS provides vehicle intercom systems, components, headsets and ancillary hardware to the Army, Navy and Marines. These products allow the members of crew-served vehicles to communicate in the extreme-noise environments that are common to combat vehicles. They improve situational awareness through effective crew communications while providing crew members with critically needed hearing protection. To date, PD VIS has provided more than $1.7 billion worth of vehicle intercom components for more than 70 DoD and allied vehicle platforms.
(4) Product Director, Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
PD LMR modernizes Army CONUS and Pacific non-tactical LMR systems in support of installation public safety organizations and functions, including first responder, force protection and other installation management functions. PD LMR provides spectrum efficiencies by migrating Army posts, camps and stations to narrowband frequencies as mandated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Since 2003, PD LMR has supported more than 30 regional and site installs without disruption of public safety functions.
Project Manager: COL Clyde E. Richards, Jr.
Fort Belvoir, VA