|Robert Blaum |
Many networks are called mission-critical, but that term could not be more appropriate for the Army’s Promina network in Iraq, which is Robert Blaum’s responsibility.
“It’s a pretty extensive network, and [all communications in Iraq] ride through these Promina nodes,” said Lt. Col. Michael Plummer, the Army’s 67th Signal Battalion commander.
Blaum, who provides technical support for the Army as a network engineer at CACI International, is the only support person who resides in the country. He’s the go-to guy when things go wrong, Plummer said.
Blaum never really gets a day off, Plummer said, because when a node goes down, a site goes down. At any time, Blaum could be asked to pack a bag, get into a helicopter, fly to wherever he’s needed and stay until the job is done.
“Almost any soldier in my command can tell you who CACI Bob is,” Plummer said.