Corps of Engineers (USACE), the ability to establish secure and robust lines of communication in Afghanistan could often mean the difference between life and death for U.S Army battalions on the front lines of the war against the Taliban. Embedded in Afghanistan’s South District, the scene of some the heaviest fighting throughout the now-thirteen year long conflict, USACE South District’s information technology section (J6) was responsible for setting up everything from satellite communications to web services to teleconferencing.
J6 played a game-changing role in 2011, installing an experimental wireless network to link U.S. government computers throughout the district. J6's wireless network connected the headquarters in Kandahar to fourteen forward-deployed infantry commands. This enabled seamless communications between HQ and field-deployed assets. The value of real-time communications on the battlefield cannot be overstated, according to USACE South District chief technology officer, Chris Brooks, "Going wireless is definitely a force multiplier."
Going wireless is definitely a force multiplierChris Brooks
CTO, USACE Afghanistan South District
Throughout their tenure in southern Afghanistan, Army engineers were in constant need of new supplies and expertise. Often, something as simple as dust in the air would damage sensitive equipment and require specialized replacement parts and labor from thousands of miles away. To meet the rugged demands of battlefield IT, USACE needed the ability to procure IT services quickly and conveniently. What they needed was a contract vehicle with a truly global reach.