Command Post Computing Environment
The Command Post Computing Environment (CPCE), under the direction of Product Manager Tactical Mission Command (TMC), provides a software infrastructure framework (common interface, data and services) upon which current Warfighter capabilities can be converged and future capabilities can be built. CPCE is the primary computing environment under the Common Operating Environment (COE) initiative, a major Army network modernization strategy line of effort of the Network-Cross Functional Team (N-CFT). CPCE is the central computing environment developed to support command posts and combat operations, and it will be interoperable with mounted and mobile/Handheld systems.
CPCE aims to reduce stove-piped legacy systems and provide an integrated, interoperable, cyber-secure and cost-effective computing infrastructure framework for multiple warfighting functions. CPCE will provide Army programs of record (PoRs) with a core infrastructure, including a common operating picture (COP) tool, common data strategy, common applications such as mapping and chat, common hardware configurations and common look and feel (user interface). This effort eliminates duplicative or redundant implementations, speeds up and simplifies future development efforts and enhances interoperability and data sharing across multiple echelons. CPCE’s acquisition goals include acquisition agility, open system architectures, reduced lifecycle costs and a cyber-hardened foundation for applications and services.
- CPCE provides an integrated mission command capability across command post and platforms, through all echelons, and provides simplicity, intuitiveness, core services and applications, and warfighter functionality in the areas of fires, logistics, intelligence, airspace management and maneuver.
- CPCE offers a common geospatial solution (map) and common data services, including an extensible database and data persistence. The system is designed to reduce the training burden on Soldiers. A Software Development Kit (SDK) allows external Programs of Record (PoRs) the ability to integrate new capabilities without rebuilding common components.
- CPCE software will reside on a converged commercial off-theshelf (COTS) hardware solution called the Tactical Server Infrastructure (TSI), which hosts multiple software infrastructure components including Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) tools, SQL databases and a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) tool. This enterprise software is tightly coupled with, and engineered for, specific TSI hardware using virtual machine (VM) technology. It serves as the basis for all other warfighting functions and mission command system software loaded on the server.