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CAISIs communicate wirelessly with each other and provide connectivity even if the CSS VSAT is miles away.
Using a grid-to-grid line of sight configuration allows a sustainer the freedom to operate up to 35 miles away from the CSS VSAT. A grid-to-omnidirectional combination extends the range six more miles, and an omnidirectional-to-omnidirectional combination extends the range up to four miles.
"We set up CAISI and CSS VSAT here at Fort Huachuca in garrison.
Peter Schoomaker, Thomas Edwards, assistant deputy chief of staff, Army G-4, compared the early process of trying to connect Army logisticians to "slogging through a swamp," and said that for the G-4, the CSS VSAT solution was like "jumping out of a swamp and onto a rocket ship.
CSS VSATs provided contracted commercial non-secure Internet Protocol router access via a deployable and mobile satellite communication terminal.
Packaged in five transit cases, the VSAT system includes built-in global positioning system receivers, a motorized satellite antenna, and a laptop computer that runs the CSS VSAT software program.
Borrowing an analogy he heard from former Army Chief of Staff GEN Peter Schoomaker, Edwards, during his remarks, compared the early process of trying to connect Army logisticians to "slogging through a swamp," and said that for the G-4, the CSS VSAT solution was like "jumping out of a swamp and onto a rocket ship."
Jordan added that when he and his group got their CSS VSAT set up, the first thing he did was to pull up Army Knowledge Online and send an e-mail to his master sergeant back in North Carolina.
Combined with the wireless CSS Automated Information System Interface system, CSS VSAT provides flexible connectivity down to the Unit Level Logistics System-Ground, ULLS-S4 Module, Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4), Systems Analysis and Mission Support, TCAIMS II, and Battle Command Sustainment and Support System systems located at the company and battalion level (See Figure 5).
All told, PM DWTS fielded 40 CSS VSAT systems to the 3ID and non-divisional support units, replacing the 11 prototype systems that they had previously fielded for the 3ID's use during their rotation through the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., from May 22-June 18.
After Devine addressed the group, Forrest's fielding team conducted classroom instruction and then hands-on training, during which the 3ID Soldiers experienced first-hand how easy it is to assemble, operate, and then disassemble the CSS VSAT system--which is packed in only five transit cases.