Truestone Designs, Builds, Manages and Maintains Broadband Fiber Cable Transmission Station for Major Army and DoD Space Missile Operations Systems
Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site/U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll,
Operated by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site has served as the premiere U.S. offensive and defensive missile testing ground since the end of World War II. It also provides critical space operations in support of U.S. Strategic Command and NASA. Previously, its significant test, data gathering and information technology requirements were supported by a satellite communications system, resulting in severe bandwidth limitations and latency issues. Truestone's task was to provide a relatively limitless high speed, low latency and secure broadband solution for meeting and exceeding all current and future mission needs while maintaining compatibility requirements of the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) network requirements.
Because of its superior reliability, carrying capacity, signal quality and cost-savings over satellite, the Army chose a submarine fiber-optic solution. Called HANTRU1, it would stretch 2,917 kilometers (1,812 miles) between Kwajalein and the cable landing station on Guam and provide 20 Gbps installed capacity on two fiber pairs with an ultimate capacity of 160 Gbps. 24x7x365 HANTRU1 monitoring capabilities would be conducted through Kwajalein, Guam, the Network Operations Center in Herndon, Virginia and SMDC Headquarters in Huntsville, AL. Significant challenges included an international customer base, multiple vendor/customer relationships to manage and zero affordability for system outages or poor performance.
The Kwajalein Cable System (KCS) network configuration was successfully activated on 3/28/2010 with full customer system acceptance on 7/1/2010. Key Truestone responsibilities included:
- Manage installation, configuration, operations, maintenance, repair and upgrades of the cable system and components between Kwajalein and Guam.
- Design the Kwajalein Cable System (KCS) configuration and install network and system components at Kwajalein, Guam and the Network Operations Center (NOC) in Herndon, Virginia.
- Implement DCN encryption for transmission compliant with NIST and U.S. Army guidelines.
- Provide HANTRU1 dashboard control monitoring and administration capabilities on a 24x7x365 basis through Kwajalein, Guam and the Herndon NOC.
- Provide on-site access to Level-1 and Level-2 Help Desk and Technical Support.
Value to the U.S. Army Space Command
A sustainable, high speed, low latency and highly-secure broadband communications solution between the Reagan Test Site and the United States
Impact and Benefits
Truestone consistently performs beyond expectations
On time, within scope and on budget
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Truestone understands the U.S. Army's mission and how to meet agency goal