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 seven 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 SOLDIER
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.
- 7 square km wireless local area network infrastructure
- Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2 Level 2
- 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
- Maintained operational readiness of the CSS VSAT and CAISI product lines
- Completed fielding of upgraded iDirect satellite modems for CSS VSAT terminals worldwide
FY19-FY23: Complete major technical refresh of CSS VSAT and CAISI architecture with modernized hardware