a leading developer and supplier of advanced communications solutions
for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), announced today that U.S.
Army Project Manager Tactical Network program is fielding PacStar
Secure Wireless Command Post (SWCP) (Wi-Fi) — reducing Size, Weight and
Power (SWaP), speeding setup time of Command Posts, and increasing
Warfighter mobility. The program uses a Commercial Solutions for
Classified (CSfC) solution to provide secure classified and unclassified
Wi-Fi to the Command Post. Initial fielding efforts to Expeditionary
Signal Brigades, corps and division headquarters and Army brigade combat
teams have been ongoing since the summer of 2018.
During combat operations, Army forces must often move or “jump” base
locations to outmaneuver enemies or avoid attacks. PacStar SWCP is the
program’s second generation CSfC solution provided by PacStar, reducing
SWaP, increasing mobility, providing additional levels of ruggedness and
reliability. By going wireless, command post set up and tear down times
are reduced by hours, and communications teams save the time and expense
of transporting and installing thousands of feet of wire for every move.
Soldiers can operate untethered from their workstations for improved
collaboration. Most importantly, by going wireless, the capability
reduces network downtime, to enable commanders to conduct critical
mission command during setup phases.
SWCP (Wi-Fi) comprises small form factor, modular, rugged networking
equipment and servers running best-in-class network infrastructure
technology configured to meet CSfC requirements. The PacStar modules
inside the solution save up to 10 times the size and weight, and up to
18 times the power of comparable datacenter class equipment – while
meeting MIL-STD environmental requirements.
The solution includes PacStar
IQ-Core Crypto Manager, speeding set-up, configuration and reducing
monitoring challenges, making fielding CSfC in tactical settings
practical, while delivering key benefits:
- Rapidly and reliably simplifying setup and configuration of IPsec VPNs
Managing certificates, publishing and distribution of certificate
revocation lists and more, which is otherwise intractably difficult
Accessing multiple, independent vendor equipment and software through
a single user interface, reducing training and speeding operations
Collecting device and security logs, generating events and alerts –
ensuring the solution can be proactively monitored for health and
“PacStar SWCP small form factor delivers the benefit of Wi-Fi to U.S.
Army Project Manager Tactical Network in a dramatically smaller form
factor than prior solutions,” said Peggy Miller, chief executive
officer, PacStar. “PacStar IQ-Core Crypto Manager reduces system
complexity, providing rapid, intuitive management so that U.S. Army can
quickly extend its ability to securely transmit classified information
to wireless networks.”
Project Manager Tactical Network completed all required DoD
certifications and accreditations necessary to fully connect and field
PacStar SWCP and the system is available for acquisition throughout the
U.S. Army via the Army
Common Hardware Systems program office, or directly from PacStar
through a variety of other contract vehicles.
IQ-Core Crypto Manager is available today for use with PacStar-designed
tactical and enterprise systems, as well as separately for integration
on OEM systems and insertion into existing programs of record. To learn
more about PacStar, IQ-Core Software and PacStar CSfC Solutions, visit www.pacstar.com.
This announcement is part of an ongoing set of CSfC-related awards and
fieldings by U.S. Army PM Tactical Networks of PacStar hardware and
software technologies with total awards exceeding $16 million to date.
Pacific Star Communications, Inc. (PacStar) is a leading provider of
advanced communications solutions for a wide range of military,
intelligence and commercial applications. PacStar created and
manufactures its COTS-based rugged, small form factor expeditionary and
mobile communications systems. Separately, it developed integrated,
network communications management software, IQ-Core® Software, for the
military, federal, state/local government and emergency responder
markets. The company’s patented IQ-Core® Software, hardware technology
and integrated solutions provide secure, command, control and
communications systems, particularly in remote or infrastructure starved
areas. In addition, PacStar’s communications systems are ideally suited
for commercial/industrial organizations with mission-critical field
communications requirements. For additional information, please visit https://pacstar.com,
and Twitter @pacstarcomm.