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US Army to Add NSA Network to Intelligence Processing Facility; Lee Wyman Comments

data ServersA partnership within the U.S. Army has started to update the service branch’s intelligence processing facility to add another classified network designed to facilitate intelligence collection and reporting operations, the Army said Wednesday.

The service branch’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center has collaborated with the Distributed Common Ground System-Army to equip the latest version of the DCGS-A Intelligence Processing Center 2 with the National Security Agency network.

Lee Wyman, DCGS-A operations specialist and project lead for IPC-2, said the NSANet seeks to provide brigade command team, corps and division commanders with mobile servers.

The NSANet would be in addition to the IPC-2’s existing Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network.

Wyman also noted that the IPC-2 is situated in a shelter and is linked to a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle.

CERDEC’s command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance prototype integration facility performs engineering and integration work on the new IPC-2 and expects to finish the initial prototype in fiscal 2017.

CERDEC’s C4ISR PIF and DCGS-A will conduct a weight and physicality test of the latest IPC-2 in September and transition the facility into full rate production at the Tobyhanna Army Depot once the prototype is completed.

Other modifications to the shelter include the integration of a soldier workstation, installation of an Improved Environmental Control Unit and addition of a power entry panel.

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