US Army Test Potential Army Command Post Prototypes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
US Army Test Potential Army Command Post Prototypes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

US Army Test Potential Army Command Post Prototypes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

A potential Army Command Post prototype underwent operational testing during the annual Bayonet Focus Exercise here recently. Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team tried out the Command Post Integrated Infrastructure (CPI2) System gear while preparing for their upcoming National Training Center rotation. 2nd SBCT used the CPI2 vehicles as their sole Mission Command centers for the exercise duration. They also did a series of jump scenarios to demonstrate the CPI2 ability to be torn down, moved, and set up again quickly. Currently, Army CPs at the higher commands are quite large and require a long period to set up and tear down

“Soldiers provided individual observations and opinions on how the system might be improved. Any issues they had with the system and comments on how their organization might use the system as part of their CP were also invited. This all lends itself to limited survivability, maneuverability, and suitability with such a large footprint. CPI2 integrates emerging technologies and capabilities with mobile mission command platforms and command post support vehicles for improved agility and survivability on the battlefield,” said Ms. Marjorie Gill, Test Officer, with the Fort Hood, Texas-based Mission Command Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command.

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The CPI2 integrates capabilities on Mission Command Platforms (MCP) and Command Post Support Vehicles (CPSV), aligning with the Army’s Command Post (CP) efforts to enhance Brigade and higher echelons with Mission Command (MC) resources on any battlefield. The CPI2 system’s goal is to use a combination of various vehicle platforms and shelter systems, which allow different levels of command posts the functionality needed while increasing survivability by being able to tear down and move locations fast. US Army Capability Sets are the Army’s plan to ensure the force keeps pace with advancements in network technology and the ability to deliver a modernized tactical network to Soldiers to achieve all-domain dominance over time

OTC taps the Total Army when testing Army, joint, and multi-service warfighting systems in realistic operational environments, using typical Soldiers to determine whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable. OTC is required by public law to test major systems before they are fielded to its ultimate customer — the American Soldier. OTC’s Mission Command Test Directorate tests systems for a net-centric environment that will process and transmit voice, data, messaging and video information through networks at the tactical, operational, strategic and sustaining base levels.

US Army Test Potential Army Command Post Prototypes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
An M1087 Expandable Van Shelter houses the Command Post Integrated Infrastructure (CPI2) System under operational test by Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. (Sgt. 1st Class Frederick E. Estep, Test & Evaluation NCO, U.S. Army Operational Test Command)

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