Northcom pushes DISA for third U.S. teleport

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The Northern Command would like the Defense Information Systems Agency to expand its global network of satellite teleports, which links deployed units to the Global Information Grid, by adding a third hub in the United States for backup.

Rear Adm. Kendall Card, command and control director for Northcom, said he believes a third teleport in the United States would provide additional backup if a disaster or attack disabled the two existing DISA teleports, one of which is based at Camp Roberts, Calif., and the other in the Norfolk, Va. area.

A DISA spokesman said the agency is working with Northcom and the Joint Staff to validate requirements and to determine whether a third U.S. teleport should be incorporated into the program budget baseline. If so, the new teleport would fall into the 2008-2012 time frame based on funding and priorities.

DISA also has teleports in Hawaii and Japan and a $43 million budget for an ambitious upgrade program from 2005 through 2011. This upgrade program, according to DISA budget documents, includes installation of satellite terminals which operate in the C, X and Ku bands followed by phased installation of Ultra High Frequency and Extremely High Frequency terminals and then Ka band terminals.

The teleport upgrade program also includes a switch to systems that will support IP communications and systems and terminals to support next-generation military communications satellites, such as the Navy’s Mobile User Objective System and the Transformational Communications Satellite.

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