CONTRACT AND BUYERS GUIDES: New Command Center Supports African Continent

A year ago, President Bush directed the U.S. military to establish a new combatant command (COCOM), in Africa to promote U.S. national security objectives by working with African nations and regional organizations to strengthen the region’s stability.

 

Recognizing the strategic and economic importance of Africa, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) will focus on building the capacity of the U.S.’s African partners to reduce conflict, improve security, defeat terrorists and support crisis response. AFRICOM’s area of responsibility (AOR) will include all African nations except Egypt, plus the islands surrounding Africa – an area including about 35 percent of the world’s land mass and 25 percent of its population.

 

AOR was previously divided among three combatant commands, including the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) – a division that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee was, “an outdated arrangement left over from the Cold War.”



AfricaRear Adm. Robert Moeller, head of the AFRICOM transition team, said AFRICOM will establish full operational capability (FOC) at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany by October, 2008. Assisting the AFRICOM transition team in capturing its requirements for command center information systems at Kelley Barracks is the Theater Systems Integration Office-Europe (TSIO-E), part of the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems’ (PM DCATS) Command Center Upgrades/Special Projects Office (CCU/SPO).

 

TSIO-E is working with the AFRICOM transition team to help them through the steps toward achieving their own command center information system capability. TSIO-E is helping AFRICOM staffers define and structure requirements for both the near-term, as well as future growth opportunities. Much of the requirements analysis, including mission refinement and extrapolation of sub-elements, is being completed by TSIO-E.