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ARMY AL&T Product Manager Defense Wide Transmission Systems (PM DWTS) Provides Multiple Capabilities for Warfighters Stephen Larsen O n March 6, 2009, at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Belvoir Industry Days in National Harbor, MD, Gary Winkler, the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), told an assembled audience of some 1,000 industry partners that Program Executive Office (PEO) EIS had, as of that day, 722 personnel deployed to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan —more personnel deployed than any other Army PEO. A worker watches the digging for the grounding ring outside one of the transportable shelters that make up the Army’s ﬁrst-ever shelterized MCF at Camp Speicher. PM DWTS followed that up with a second shelterized MCF at NKC. (U.S. Army photo by Cory Hanes, PM DWTS contractor.) 22 JULY–SEPTEMBER 2009 ARMY AL&T More than 300 of those deployed per- Secret Internet Protocol Router Network International Security Assistance Force sonnel are from PM DWTS, part of the (SIPRNET), video teleconferencing Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan— Team Defense Communications and (VTC), and other services. completing both projects in 6 months. Army Transmission Systems (DCATS) Project Ofﬁce. PM DWTS is more Main Communications International Zone (IZ) than a typical PM ofﬁce. According to Facility (MCF) and Technical Support LTC Clyde Richards, PM DWTS man- Control Facility (TCF) PM DWTS has more than 200 per- ages more than 50 critical warﬁghter In 2007, in response to an urgent sonnel, most of them deployed to communications projects and products warﬁghter requirement, PM DWTS the IZ in Baghdad, Iraq, supporting with a total annual executable budget of provided the Army’s ﬁrst-ever shelter- Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF- more than $500 million. ized MCF at Camp Speicher, Iraq, I) and the U.S. Department of State. achieving initial operational capability These personnel provide a total com- “We manage diverse worldwide proj- in less than 6 months. PM DWTS mand, control, communications, and ects that are direct and immediate followed that up with a second shelter- computers (C4) capability and ser- enablers for combat units and support ized MCF at New Kabul Compound vices including installation, operation, more than 50,000 warﬁghters, multi- (NKC), Afghanistan. management, maintenance, network national forces, and federal agencies in operations, information assurance, Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Richards. “These shelterized MCFs are modular communications security, and system “These projects span the product areas and portable. They can be moved to administration for MNF-I and the of terrestrial transmission systems, very other locations by military airlif
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