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SENSITIVE COMPARTMENT INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS (SCI COMMS)

Description

The Sensitive Compartmented Information Communications (SCI COMMS) program is a portfolio that provides the Marine Corps dedicated, palletized, team level, and man-packable secure data and voice communications that can receive, transmit and disseminate SECRET and TOP SECRET SCI bulk data and imagery products between national and tactical intelligence sources. It is the only deployable communications system that provides dedicated access to intelligence information classified TOP SECRET SCI. The systems provide USMC tactical commanders with high-capacity, near-real-time (NRT) access to intelligence from national agencies, joint, coalition, and service activities, intelligence producers, and other tactical units using Satellite Communication (SATCOM) terminals. There are two principal systems in the SCI COMMS portfolio: the High Bandwidth Special Intelligence - Palletized Terminal (HBSI-PT) and the Sensitive Compartmented Information Kit (SCIK).

Operational Impact

SCI COMMS provides MAGTF Commanders and intelligence units with deployable, worldwide, short and long haul, secure communications using existing networks. These scalable systems enable global access to tactical, theater, and national intelligence data stores facilitating functions which include tasking, reporting, and dissemination by elements ranging from small teams to a Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Command Element. These systems enable SATCOM during contingency and exercise deployments while affording analyst-to-analyst interchange with tactical, theater, and strategic intelligence organizations via Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) or TS/SCI networks.

Program Status

Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the SCIK occurred in January 2014 and defined within the Letter of Clarification, dated 29 Feb 2012, as a complete fielding of the SCIK to a single MEF and the corresponding NET. Full Operational Capability (FOC) for the SCIK occurred April 2015 and defined within the Letter of Clarification, dated 29 Feb 2012, as all remaining MEFs have complete fielding of the AAO, initial training of assigned operators, and provisioning packages in place to support operations.

Initial Operational Capability for the HBSI-PT occurred in Sept 2015 and defined in the Letter of Clarification, dated 21 Mar 2014, when any of the MEFs had been delivered their IOC quantity (I MEF 11 systems; II MEF 11 systems; III MEF 9 systems) including assigned operator initial training and provisioning packages required to support operations. FOC for the HBSI-PT is estimated for July 2018 and defined within the Letter of Clarification, dated 21 Mar 2014, as complete fielding of the AAO, initial training of assigned operators, and provisioning packages in place to support operations.

Procurement Profile:

HBSI-PT

FY 2018 - QTY 6
FY 2019 - QTY 4

SCIK:

FY 2018 - QTY 0
FY 2019 - QTY 2

Developer/Manufacturer:

HBSI-PT: GATR Technologies,
Huntsville, AL

SCIK:

L-3 GCS,
Victor, NY

DTECH Labs,
Ashburn, VA