Command Post Integrated Infrastructure
The Command Post Integrated Infrastructure (CPI2) program is tackling mobility, scalability and survivability of Army command posts. The program incorporates the five components of mission command—personnel, networks, information systems, process and procedures, facilities and equipment—integrating emerging technologies and leveraging Soldier feedback from experimental units.
As one of the Army's top priorities for network modernization, the CPI2 program addresses the challenges posed by contemporary and future land conflict, such as physical signatures, mobility and standardization. Command post designs for this effort are integrating approved commercial and government off-the-shelf systems, as well as government programs of record that support command post operational needs.
The program is under development in two increments, termed Inc 0 and Inc 1. Inc 0 is the initial effort, which is currently executing multiple phases of prototyping, integration and experimentation through multiple Soldier touchpoints. The feedback and lessons learned during Inc 0 is informing Inc 1, which expands upon the Inc 0 product lines with an additional mix of military vehicle platforms, including a variety of armored vehicles, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and Medium Tactical Vehicles. The effort also consists of the Command Post Support Vehicle, which serves as a communications node for brigade and above, assorted shelter systems and supporting intelligent power capabilities.
The CPI2 program recently achieved its Milestone B decision authority under Inc 1, allowing the program to move forward into the engineering and manufacturing phase. Following the Inc 1 contract award and platform production, the Army will field the first unit equipped with Inc 1 platforms in FY25. The CPI2 program will ultimately field the modernized command post Inc 0 and Inc 1 capabilities to 92 units, with one system available for training activities.
CPI2 leverages improvements in technology to reduce the current CP footprint and improve mobility and agility. It consists of the integration of approved and fielded mission command information systems, government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology that support the operational needs of the corps, division and brigade combat team (BCT) main and tactical CPs, and the BCT battalion CPs. The centerpieces of CPI2 are the Mission Command Platform (MCP) and Command Post Support Vehicle (CPSV). CPI2 also provides all the ancillary equipment for fully outfitting the mobile CP, including the CPI2 Integrated Support System (ISS), tents, environmental control units (ECUs), power generation, displays, tables and chairs.
- Mission Command Platform (MCP): The MCP provides digitally connected workstations to support staffs at CPs, as well as command groups at corps, division, and BCT. The MCP uses current program of record (PoR), GOTS and COTS systems to plan, prepare, execute and assess operations.
- Command Post Support Vehicle (CPSV): The CPSV hosts mission command servers, radios, local area network (LAN) systems and a Unified Voice Management System (UVMS) for conferencing, access to tactical voice radio, Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone, and radio cross banding.
- Integrated Support System (ISS): CPI2 will develop or acquire the Command Post Display System (CPDS) and UVMS. The CPDS, with its accompanying software, will support enhanced collaboration and communication by allowing the commander and staff the option to view multiple common operating pictures (COPs) simultaneously. The UVMS provides data communication exchange between Army standard network and radio protocols within and between the mobile CPs.