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by LTC Greg Coile, Ms. Danielle Kays and Mr. James Sawall

The Army is leveraging two tactical communications contracts to realize significant cost savings, even as it enables industry to fill needed mission requirements more efficientlyand effectively.

What the new Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems (GTACS) and Common Hardware Systems (CHS) contracts have in common is that they both are intended to deliver tactical mission command and communications capabilities to programs of record (PORs); their purpose is to improve interoperability, compatibility and sustainability and to lower life-cycle costs on the battlefield by standardizing and centralizing acquisition of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and non-developmental items. Both contracts are available to all DOD customers.

The GTACS and CHS contracts are managed by the project manager for Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (PM WINT) within the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T). PM WIN-T thus is poised to be the preferred provider of tactical COTS information technology (IT) for the Army modular force. PM WIN-T provides the communications network (satellite and terrestrial) and services that allow the Soldier to send and receive information in order to execute the mission.

GTACS and the CHS program complement each other, together delivering comprehensive tactical mission command and communications POR and theater-provided equipment capabilities to fill the requirements of Army units worldwide. PM WIN-T will use these

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