SDDC G6 team deploys versatile COMM package, saves big dollars

BSCP training at the 599th Trans. Bde.

During a visit to the 599th Transportation Brigade, Col. David Gaffney, SDDC deputy commander, takes of tour of the unit’s Brigade Standard Communcation Package. (U.S. Army photo)

By Mark Diamond
Hq. SDDC Public Affairs

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – A team of experts assigned to Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s G6 Information Management directorate successfully completed fielding of the Brigade Standard Communication Package, or BSCP, which was developed to enhance communication capabilities for SDDC’s port management missions.

As part of SDDC’s Global Force Laydown Analysis 2015, the command is focused on reorganizing and standardizing its five brigades. As part of the restructuring, the command is positioning Deployment Distribution Management Teams, or DDM-Ts, at each of its brigades. These teams can be deployed to any location on a moment’s notice to conduct or manage port operations.

To support the DDM-T missions, the BSCP development and fielding spanned 18 months upon an SDDC leadership-directed reduction of the Global Surface Distribution Management fleet from a full-on tactical self-sustaining environment to a more agile and port management focused fleet.

“The GSDM team looked at the entire program, did a number of data calls, and came back with a recommended solution,” said Bryan King, chief, G6 Operations and Business Management Division. “GSDM was traditionally a full-on, tactical, deployable communications capability. SDDC isn’t tactical. That doesn’t mean we need to close the doors on the tactical communications piece, but we can scale it back, shrink the number of capabilities, and go to a standard approach for standard port management communication capability.”

King added that the BSCP delivers a mobile and scalable solution, down to the brigade and battalion level, and is capable of supporting one to 10 users based on mission needs and components utilized. He said this change saved the command about $30 million over the course of the Future Years Defense Plan, also known as the FYDP (fiscal years 2014-18).

Bridging together a host of requirements from the G3 (Operations) and G5 (Strategy, Plans, Policy and Programs) directorates and SDDC brigades, the BSCP provides secure and non-secure voice, data and VTC capabilities.  Additionally, this new concept removes the contractor support and delivers the operational employment down to the brigade and battalion levels.

According to John Messer, GSDM program manager, one BSCP is now prepositioned at each of the command’s five brigades, and two BSCPs are pre-positioned at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to fill additional requirements, as needed.

Each BSCP fielding included a five day, on-site training session provided at locations identified by the individual brigades.  G6 personnel trained 32 personnel over the course of the five training sessions. According to Steve Bohannon, GSDM program team lead, during the training, brigade personnel learned how to set up the equipment,  how to gain satellite access, how to program the land mobile radios, how to set up the broadband global area network satellite terminal and establish a signal, and much more.

“Some of the pieces and parts of the BSCP were organic assets, meaning they were already structured within the GSDM program,” said Marc Agney, branch chief, G6 Plans and Programs division. “We were able to draw from the assets already out in the field. This wasn’t a new purchase; existing assets were combined to create a standardized footprint for each of our brigades.”

“The BSCP was built and prepared, a program of instruction was created, the fielding cycle was put into place, and our brigades and battalions are now fully self-sustaining, with the [communication] equipment required, with personnel who have been trained to set up and operate the equipment,” King added.

According to G6 leaders, the directorate intends to continue with improvements on the BSCP contingent upon future mission requirements.