Track Seven: Army Team C4ISR - Providing Life-cycle Management and Support to Current and Future Cyber Capabilities


Mr. Edward Thomas, CECOM

Ms. Beth Clinkenbeard, CECOM



Army Team C4ISR provides integrated cyber capabilities for the Warfighter through its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems; Transport Layer, Software Engineering, and ARFORGEN Sustainment Operations, and through its Research and Development efforts across the total Battle Space.  This track will explore several facets of Army Team C4ISR cyber capability support.  Session One will discuss coalition support, focusing on implementation of the Afghan Mission Network and CENTRIXS-ISAF.  Session Two will discuss Battle Command and Control and the transport layer, and how lessons learned from current operations and theater perspectives will shape future cyber technologies.  The third session will focus on new technologies that support Cyberspace Operations.  The fourth session will discuss cyber protection capabilities, including how protection is designed into the software and built into the infostructure. The focus of the Track will then shift to the sustainment of PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensor Systems for Session Five.  The final session will discuss C4ISR logistics in support of an expeditionary Army.


  Tuesday, 3 August 2010
1015 - 1130 Supporting the Coalition
Speakers: MG Randolph P. Strong, USA, Commander, CECOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC); Ms. Jennifer Zbozny, Technical Management Director, PEO Command Control Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T); and Mr. David McClund, Technical Director, Central Technical Support Facility, CECOM LCMC

The session will commence with a brief overview of  sessions, followed by a briefing on CENTCOM and USFOR-A efforts to enable the Afghan Mission Network (AMN), the US component of which is known as CENTRIXS-ISAF (CX-I).  AMN is the implementation of a theater directive to enable coalition partners to operate and share information across a common secret-level security enclave, versus the many stove-piped national secret-level network implementations that exist today across the coalition and prohibit the ability to share data among coalition forces. and prohibit the ability to share data among coalition forces. This session will address the criticalities of supporting coalition and non-governmental organization (NGO) training and mission execution.  AMN is the current push but there is a broader need to have our systems adapt to a wide range of partnerships.  The session will  include an overview of CECOM LCMC’s Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF) led efforts to support AMN implementation through interoperability integration and testing utilizing Combined Federated Battle Lab Network, and a follow on discussion on the future of interoperability integration and testing for the AMN CX-I migration and current software blocks to more efficiently field to the Warfighter and articulate risk of fielding.

1400 - 1515

Battle Command and Control and Network Transport Lessons Learned and Way Ahead

Speakers:  COL William Hoppe, PM Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, PEO C3T and COL David Moore, PM Battle Command, PEO C3T

This session will discuss Battle Command, Communication systems, and the transport layer both currently as deployed in theater and at posts, camps and stations.  This session will also delineate planned future capabilities with regard to Capability Set roll-out and future requirements with regard to Cyber Warfare.  This session will then address lessons learned from current operations and theater perspectives and how these lessons can help shape how we execute the acquisition process in the future to enable Cyber technologies.

  Wednesday, 4 August 2010
0945 - 1100

New Technologies that Support Cyber Space Operations

Speaker:  Mr. Robert Zanzalari, Associate Director, Communications-Electronics Reserarch, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM)

The session will be led by the Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and will discuss the development or adaptation of new technologies to support Cyber Space Operations.  Technologies and capabilities which help detect, deter, deny and defeat adversaries will be discussed in the area of Cyber Warfare.  Cyber Defense capabilities and technologies such as information assurance, computer network defense, and infrastructure protection will be highlighted in the Cyber Network Operations section. Finally, the development of the understanding of friendly capabilities, adversary capabilities and intentions, and the effects these have on the information flowing over the networks will be highlighted in the Cyber Situational Awareness section.

1500 - 1615

Cyber Protection Capabilities under Changing Environment and Threats

Speakers:  Mr. Nelson Keeler, Director, Software Engineering Center (SEC), CECOM LCMC; Mr. Douglas Van Gorden, Acting Director, Information Assurance and Secruity Engineering Directorate, Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC), CECOM LCMC; Ms. Farhat Shah, Lead Information Assurance Engineer, Software Assurance Division, SEC, CECOM LCMC; Mr. Monte Hill, Deputy Director, Communications Security Logistics Activity, CECOM LCMC; and Mr. Heinz Mueller, Project Leader ASAS-CCS and Trusted Guards Intelligence Fusion Systems Division, SEC, CECOM LCMC

As the Army becomes a more net-centric organization we must adapt our security measures. This session will discuss how Army Team C4ISR is using a multilayered approach including system security, software assurance, communications of key management and cross domain communications.  The Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC) will address on-going system security efforts for the Global Network Enterprise Construct and Base Realignment and Closure infrastructures.  The Software Engineering Center (SEC) will emphasize the need to “Bake security in” to mission applications.  The Communications Security Logistics Activity (CSLA ) will delineate improvement in key management capabilities and the importance of key management systems  meeting or exceeding Information Assurance requirements.  SEC will conclude the session by discussing the sustainment of cross domain solutions that provide two way transfer of information from unclassified to classified networks. 

1630 - 1745

Sustainment of PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensor Systems that Support Cyber Operations

Speaker:  LTC Robert Backman, Director of Operations, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warvare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S)

The session will be led by PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) and will discuss the sustainment support of their Program of Record and Quick Reaction Capability systems that contribute to Cyber Operations, including Cyber Warfare and Cyber Situational Awareness. 

  Thursday, 5 August 2010
1000 - 1130

C4ISR Logistics in Support of an Expeditionary Army

Speakers:  Mr. Charles Mike Carter, Associate Center Director, Logistics and Readiness Center (LRC) – Operations, CECOM, LCMC and Mr. Richard Woodworth, Director of Business Management, Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD), CECOM LCMC

This session will discuss logistic support, efforts and processes to support C$ISR systems during preparation for deployment, deployment, and redeployment, to include all phases of ARFORGEN support provided.  The session will describe the support provided during the unit’s preparation for deployment, including equipping, support to major exercises, Force Package builds, and installation of equipment. It will explain the forward sustainment support provided during the unit’s deployment, including forward support teams, theater spares packages, and over the air keying; as well as harnessing the Industrial Base in support of deployed forces, including Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) quick reaction requirements and the Firefinder Reliability, Maintainability, Improvement (RMI) program.  It will delineate support provided during the unit’s drawdown and subsequent re-deployment, to include Redistributive Property Assistance Team support, processing through Kuwait, overall planning, and tracking to sources of repair.  The session will conclude with a discussion of support provided during Reset, to include forward repair teams, TYAD and National Maintenance Contract production, and Left Behind Equipment (LBE) reintegration.  The team efforts to support Drawdown and the OEF build will be included in the session. 

 

A cumulative review of key issues and highlights from the Track’s presentations will follow this discussion.