Project Manager Mission Command

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Project Manager Mission Command
Mission Command Logo
Country United States
Branch U.S. Army
Type Research and Development
Garrison/HQ Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Commanders
Project Manager COL Michael J. Thurston [1]

Project Manager Mission Command (or PM MC) develops, deploys and sustains integrated Mission Command software capabilities to the Army and Joint forces. PM MC’s support ensures tactical and other unit types are efficiently fielded, effectively trained and professionally supported. Product lines include the areas of maneuver, fires, sustainment, and infrastructure.

Mission[edit]

"To develop, deliver, and support networked Mission Command solutions to enhance Soldier effectiveness.[2]

PM Mission Command Family[edit]

Project Manager Mission Command is the PM of Choice to build, deliver, integrate, and sustain collaborative mission comman dsoftware and web-based capabilities for the Army and Joint forces, providing the commnader with enhanced situational awareness for better decision-making abilities on the battlefied. PM MC's product offices are Tactical Mission Command (TMC), Fire Support Command and Control (FSC2), Sustainment System Mission Command (S2MC), and Strategic Mission Command (SMC).[3]

  • Tactical Mission Command provides the Army’s core mission commnad and collaborative environment and maneuver applications, which include Command Post of the Future (CPOF), Command Web, and Common Tactical Tactical Vision (CTV) [4]
  • Fire Support Command and Control provides lethal and non-lethal fires through products including Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS), Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System (JADOCS), Pocket-Sized Forward Entry Device (PFED), Lightweight Forward Entry Device (LFED), CENTAUR (Lightweight Technical Fire Direction System) and Gun Display Unit-Replacement (GDU-R) [5]
  • Sustainment System Mission Command provides users with sustainment (LOGITICSW) capabilities through products including Battle Command Sustainment and Support System (BCS3) and BCS3-Node Management (BCS3-NM).[6]
  • Strategic Mission Command provides operational and strategic tools through products including Battle Command Common Services (BCCS), Global Command and Control System-Army (GCCS-A), Common Software, Joint Convergence/Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP), Battle Command and Staff Training (BCST), and Tactical Edge Data Solutions Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (TEDS JCTD).[7]

Major Initiatives[edit]

Common Operating Environment and the Command Post Computing Environment
PM MC is playing a pivotal role in creating the Command Post Computing Environment (CP CE), one of several environments within the Common Operating Environment (COE).

The CP CE aims to simplify hardware and software infrastructures for Command Posts from Battalion to Corps and Army level to deliver integrated information, improve the user experience and gain significant efficiencies. CP CE consists of applications that ride on a common set of software and services, which ride on commercial hardware that communicates over a network. As with a smartphone’s operating system, the Common Services layer is the true power within CP CE.

The CP CE will address the current challenges that Commanders face to "mentally fuse” the digital information displayed on multiple system viewers for the warfighting functions of fires, logistics, intelligence, airspace management and maneuver. The CP CE consolidates these separate capabilities and displays them on a common, geospatial digital map hosted on a single workstation.

With CP CE, the Army can develop and field web applications or “widgets" for use by tactical and operational commanders. Using any government-authorized laptop connected to the appropriate classified network, commanders and staff can log into the web-based framework and access software applications specific to their mission.

The CP CE will:

Consolidate and simplify the separate capabilities Commanders use for missions related to fires, logistics, intelligence, airspace management and maneuver into a single computing environment.

Offer a common framework and software development kit for widgets, a common map foundation, standard geospatial data and a common tactical server infrastructure.

Enable the Army to develop and field applications or "apps" through a web-based marketplace for use by tactical and operational commanders.

Yield multiple efficiencies, to include: Decreased system complexity; Soldiers will train on one desktop, one time, across the entire Army. Simpler systems will allow the Army to reduce the number of Field Service Representatives (FSRs) deployed for technical support. With a common infrastructure, the Army to can make future upgrades more quickly and at a reduced cost. Creates a broader opportunity for industry and government to provide cost effective, state-of-the art web applications. Additional efficiencies are expected with reduced software licensing requirements.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army document "PM-MC Brochure".

References[edit]

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