DESCRIPTION:

Combat Service Support Communications (CSS Comms) includes the Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface (CAISI) and the CSS Satellite Communications (CSS SATCOM) system. CAISI allows current and emerging battlefield CSS automation devices to electronically exchange information via tactical networks. CAISI provides unit commanders and logistics managers an interface device to support CSS doctrine for full-spectrum operations. CAISI employs a deployable wireless local area network infrastructure linking Army logistics information system computers in a 7-square-km area. It is certified in accordance with Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2 Level 2. CSS SATCOM includes commercial-off-the-shelf, Ku-band, auto-acquire satellite terminals called CSS Very Small Aperture Terminals (CSS VSAT), repackaged in fly-away transit cases, along with a fixed infrastructure of four primary and three continuity of operations (COOP) teleports and high-speed terrestrial links that provide a highly effective, easy-to-use, transportable, SATCOM-based solution to CSS nodes. CSS SATCOM supports information exchange up to the sensitive level, is rapidly deployable anywhere in the world and is fully integrated into the Non-secure Internet Protocol Router
Network (NIPRNet).

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

CAISI allows deployed Soldiers to connect CSS automation devices to a secure wireless network and electronically exchange information via tactical or commercial communications. CSS SATCOM eliminates the often dangerous need for Soldiers to hand-deliver requisitions via convoys in combat areas.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 7-square-km wireless local area network infrastructure
  • Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2 Level 2
  • Ku-band
  • Auto-acquire satellite terminals
  • Fixed infrastructure of four primary and three COOP teleports and high-speed terrestrial links
  • Supports information exchange up to the sensitive information level
  • Fully integrated into NIPRNet

PROGRAM STATUS

  • FY13-FY15: Conducted CSS VSAT Logistics Demonstration; completed Legacy Network deactivation; established Full Operational Capability (FOC) for Fucino, Italy and Napa, California teleports; supported major exercises for Network Integration Evaluation, Ft Bliss, TX

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • FY16-FY17: Modem Replacement FOC

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

None

CONTRACTORS

  • DRS Technologies (Herndon, VA)
  • INMARSAT (Herndon, VA)
  • L-3 Communications (New York, NY)

PEO

PEO-EIS