US Army selects PacStar IQ-Core Software with CSfC to manage wireless command posts
PacStar, based in Portland, OR, announced on September 29 that US Army WIN-T Increment 1 program has selected and integrated IQ-Core Software with CSfC (Commercial Solutions for Classified) Plug-in to unify and secure the management of their wireless command posts. As a result, US Army enhances its ability to securely transmit classified information (up to top secret) over wireless networks that warfighters rely on for in-theater operations.
CSfC is a National Security Agency (NSA) program that enables DoD organizations to leverage innovative commercial products in layered solutions protecting National Security Systems data. U.S. Army’s decision to adopt wireless for mission communications is enabled by the CSfC program, which recently developed security standards for classified network access over Wi-Fi, Cellular, and Satellite communication networks, using commercial products from companies such as Aruba (an HP Enterprise Company), and Cisco Systems.
“Rapidly assembling and implementing secure networks at command posts and similar in-theater environments is normally a complex, manual operation typically performed by highly trained specialists,” said Peggy Miller, chief executive officer, PacStar. “PacStar IQ-Core Software with CSfC Plug-in removes that complexity, providing rapid, intuitive communications management so that US Army can extend its ability to securely transmit classified information from controlled ‘wired’ network locations to wireless networks.”
During combat operations, Army forces must often move or “jump” base locations to outmaneuver enemies or avoid attacks. PacStar IQ-Core Software with CSfC Plug-in addresses set-up, configuration and monitoring challenges associated with CSfC implementations in the wireless command posts.
Miller adds, “For a number of years PacStar IQ-Core Software has supported WIN-T’s Increment 1 program, focused on providing expeditionary communications, and we are thrilled to deliver a new capability that furthers our commitment to solving key DoD warfighter communications challenges.”