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JTRS program update:

Dennis Bauman, the Joint Program Executive Officer for the Joint Tactical Radio System, is near the completion of conducting a full assessment of the JTRS program (Clusters 1, 2, Airborne Maritime Fixed-Station, and 5) to include program dependencies and a comprehensive risk mitigation plan. The results of this assessment will provide the basis for an overall set of program recommendations to reestablish program cost, schedule, and funding health. Subject recommendations may include overall restructuring of the JTRS program and associated acquisition strategy, baselining and prioritization of program requirements, and a revised Future Years Defense Program funding profile. JPEO JTRS is in the final stages of the JTRS Cluster assessments and re-planning efforts. These in-depth reviews are critical to the development of executable paths for these transformational programs. The leadership of the JPEO will finalize the JTRS way ahead in the next few weeks. Once completed, the JTRS way ahead, with projected cost and schedule plans for each cluster procurement, will be briefed to the Service and Department of Defense leadership.

Enhanced Position Location Reporting System:

Training--The U.S. Army's transformation to the Modular Force Structure has resulted in a significant increase in the requisite number of personnel qualified to operate the EPLRS Network Manager. In EPLRS-equipped units all of the personnel assignments for MOS 25C in the Modular Force Structure require the Additional Skill Indicator T2, the EPLRS Network Manager Operator/Maintainer.

Office of the Chief of Signal projects 400+ positions in the EPLRS-equipped Modular Units. This compares with approximately 150 positions for the previous fielded EPLRS Version 4 system. OCOS also projects an additional 50 positions for the Reserve component and 50+ National Guard slots. Current planning for the ASI T2 course at the Signal Center is for an annual capacity of 96. This will not meet the fielding and sustainment requirements for ENM Operators.

The skill sets required for ASI T2 are rapidly becoming the standard for operation of data networks at Units of Action/Brigade Combat Teams and below. As more networks gravitate to Internet Protocol and away from the Army Data Distribution Systems Interface, the importance of T2 skill sets will increase exponentially. Currently, the Army has no MOS-producing Course that provides for the training of Mobile Network Operators/ Managers. Traditionally, this function has been performed by MOS 25C Soldiers.

The inclusion of ASI T2 training in the mainstream resident POI for 25C is the most reasonable, and potentially attainable, solution to the problem. The inclusion of T2 training in 25C resident training will increase the 25C course by four weeks. Thus the potential maximum student load at any single point in time will be 96 (24 students per class, one class start per week for four weeks). The increased equipment training requirements must meet this potential student population. Upon approval, initial conversion to T2 training in the resident MOS 25C is projected for FY-07

In the past the centralized management of the EPLRS MOS 25C in the field was under the control of the Signal battalion commanders. The management of the ASI made it very difficult to keep trained personnel in the units, because in most cases, the commander had to schedule and send his troops back to the Signal School for the ASI resident certification training. The modular structure changes resulted in a decentralized control of MOS 25C and continues to make it more difficult to get ASI-qualified Soldiers assigned in the BCTs.

Mainstreaming the ENM course into 25C core training will remove the requirement for Commanders to return their 25Cs to the Signal Center for ASI resident training. The skill sets will be universal in 25C and sustainment will be conducted at Unit Level.

Materiel--The current production contract expires in June 2006. The ordering extension window is Dec. 31, 2005. Present status of the Army deliveries is approximately 11,000 radio sets. The JTRS waiverable ceiling remains at 12,896 radios sets. DA redistribution of assets has resulted in fielding support for the 4thInfantry Division, 1st Cavalry, the Stryker BCTs, and National Guard units which support Operation Clear Skies. Additional quantities to support fielding of SBCT-7 and the remaining divisions will require further redistribution and/or additional quantity buys.

Mr. Wilson is with the TRADOC Systems Manager-Tactical Radios, Fort Gordon, Ga.


ADDSI--Army Data Systems Interface AMF--Airborne-Maritime Fixed Station ASI--Additional Skill Indicator BCT--brigade combat team CAV--Cavalry DoD--Department of Defense ENM--EPLRS Network Manager EPLRS--enhanced position location reporting system FYDP--Future Years Defense Program ID--Infantry Division JPEO--Joint Program Executive Officer JTRS--Joint Tactical Radio System OCOS--Office Chief of Signal UA--Unit of Action
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Title Annotation:TSM update; personnel forecasts for Army Network Managers
Author:Wilson, Douglas A.
Publication:Army Communicator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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