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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic D: CSS C3I

Subtopic 2: Long-Range Communications for CSS Force Structure

Observation Synopsis

There is no long-range communications capability in the CSS structure. Mobile subscriber equipment (MSE) is outdated and cannot handle communication traffic requirements. Defense transportation reporting and control system (DTRACS) and mobile tracking system (MTS) lack compatiblity, and lack of DTRACS flyaway kits limits use and interoperability of the DTRACS system.

Lessons Learned

  • Long-range communications capability for CSS operations is non-existent.
  • DTRACS and MTS lack compatibility, and lack of DTRACS flyaway kits limits use and interoperability of the DTRACS system.

DOTMLPF Implications

Doctrine: Overhaul MSE network to improve bandwidth and communications capability, which is currently outdated technology and cannot handle bandwidth demand. Standardize MTS as the Army's single movement tracking system, and eliminate DTRACS. Expand MTS messaging capability.

Table of Supporting Observations


Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Non-Existent Long-Range Communications for CSS Force Structure 10000-40755

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic D-Subtopic 1: Intelligence Collection for CSS Force Structure
Chapter 4-Topic D-Subtopic 3: Range Capability of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below System (FBCB2) to Support the CSS Force Structure




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