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Training the Corps: new capabilities and training for CGS Operators/Analysts MOS (96H).

Two major capabilities upgrades are coming for the Common Ground Station (CGS). In the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2006, the Joint Moving Target Indicator Team (Army, Air Force and Marine Corps) secured funding for a Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) to field the moving target indicator (MTI) Forensics Tool Set to CGS Teams in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The MTI Forensics Tool Set was a proven MTI forensics analysis capability that had been used in sanctuary locations to support OIF operations for several years. Now we have this capability fielded to the brigade combat team (BCT), division, and corps level in Iraq with the software running on high-end desktop and laptop personal computers (PCs) with over-sized high resolution flat screen monitors. With the release of CGS Common Software Baseline (CSB) 5.0 in FY 2007, the MTI Forensics Tool will be integrated with the CGS.

MTI Forensics Tool Set Image

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The second major capabilities upgrade coming to the CGS community is the Group 6 Modification Work Order (MWO) upgrade. The Group 6 MWO is a hardware and software upgrade for the current CGS V2. The MWO strips out all the old hardware components from the CGS V2 shelter and replaces them with new commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. The comprehensive upgrade covers servers, workstations, monitors, video and audio components, radios and communications suites, network interfaces, power and environmental controls. The Group 6 prototype was built in early FY 2006 and the system is currently going through testing and certification. The Marine Corps will upgrade three of its CGS systems with priority fielding to OIF unit(s). The Army plan is to upgrade 10 systems that will all be designated for OIF deployment, 2007 through 2009.

These significant upgrades come with new equipment training (NET). The MTI Forensics Tool was fielded to OIF units and the CONUS training base in 4th quarter, FY 2006. The U. S. Army Intelligence Center (USAIC) provided training for OIF CGS teams in country as the MTI Forensics Tool Sets were fielded in August and September 2006. In addition, MTI Forensics Tool Set training is now included in MOS 96H (Common Ground Station Operator) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and the pre-deployment live environment training (LET) at the Joint STARS (JSTARS) Test Force in Melbourne, Florida. The Group 6 MWO will also come with NET. The primary strategy is to field the systems to units preparing to deploy for OIF 2007 to 2009 and provide the NET at home station prior to deployment. The secondary strategy is to field the system to a unit already deployed to OIF and provide the NET in-country. Additionally, the JSTARS Army Doctrine Training and Test Detachment (DTTD) will begin training the Group 6 system as part of the LET in January 2007 and will continue providing Group 6 training to participating units.

In addition to providing NET in the field, the DTTD also provides a five day LET opportunity at the Joint STARS Test Force facility in Melbourne, Florida. The LET focuses on CGS and Joint Service Workstation (JSWS) configuration, operation, maintenance, and repair. System configuration topics cover the most current software installs and Service Pack loading. Operations training consist of a combination of live and simulated data links to JSTARS (Surveillance and Control Datalink (SCDL) and satellite communications (SATCOM)), Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) nodes of TRAP Data Dissemination System (TDDS), Tactical Information Broadcast System (TIBS) and Tactical Reconnaissance Intelligence Exchange System (TRIXS) using the Joint Tactical Terminal (JTT) radio. Classified LAN connectivity and data distribution via Multi-CGS and Enhanced Multi CGS modes are reinforced through operations and training.

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Joint Service Workstation (JSWS)

These are exciting times for CGS operators/analysts as they receive new capabilities to leverage MTI with other sources to provide the warfighter relevant, timely, and accurate intelligence. The breakneck pace of deployments coupled with receiving and integrating new capabilities can challenge leaders as they strive to provide relevant training opportunities for their 96H soldiers. Network training opportunities and LETs can solve these challenges and provide commanders with trained CGS teams on the cutting edge. For more information on the LET, contact your local Project Foundry Manager and ask about LET Number 22. For more information concerning network training opportunities, contact SSG Alexis Lagundi at lexis.lagundi@jtf.hanscom.af.mil, (321) 726-7199 or SFC Rob West at robert.west@jtf.hanscom.af.mil, (321) 726-7219.

LTC Patrick Daniel is currently the Commander of the JSTARS Development, Training, and Test Detachment (DTTD) in Melbourne, Florida. Prior to his assignment in Melbourne, LTC Daniel most recently served in OIF as the Deputy G2 for the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a former member of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center faculty. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. LTC Daniel may be contacted at (321) 726-7203 or via email at Patrick.daniel@jtf.hanscom.af.mil
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Author:Daniel, Patrick L.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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