by Colonel Jerry V. Proctor
This issue of MIPB focuses on the Reserve Component (RC), and I am proud to relay that the All-Source Analysis System (ASAS), the most mature Army Battle Command System (ABCS) is fielded to the RC. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) System Manager (TSM) ASAS office has on staff a full-time Reserve Major dedicated solely to working RC ASAS fielding, training, and requirements issues. We also host an annual RC ASAS Users Conference in December. This is but one venue in which we seek to provide the best MI automation support to the total MI force. The emerging Block II ASAS will greatly expand ASAS fielding to the RC; it will include the ASAS Remote Workstation (RWS) Lite, a Windows NTŠ version of the RWS that has slightly fewer capabilities but will be much easier to use and train. Many MI automation efforts focus on the RC user.
On 10 December 1998, the TSM ASAS hosted the first RC Users Conference. During the conference, users from each of the enhanced separate brigades (eSBs) briefed both the positive aspects of ASAS and those areas needing improvement. Although the RC ASAS community is small, we had a very good turnout. Approximately 90 Army National Guard (ARNG) and United States Army Reserve (USAR) soldiers participated. Users from 13 of the 15 ARNG eSBs attended, as did representatives from each of the five regional Army Reserve Intelligence Support Centers (ARISCs). We will continue this very positive exchange in the future.
As a result of the conference, we were able to uncover a number of Reserve-unique problems that need attention before we field the Block II systems. Our principal mission will be to solve ASAS training and maintenance support problems within the units. Major Anthony W. Stratton, our RC fielding and training officer, has begun coordination for this effort. With the limited amount of training time available to Reserve soldiers, we also want to take a hard look at innovative techniques to provide RC tailored ASAS sustainment training at unit level. There are a number of directions in which to go, but we need a training strategy allowing RC soldiers to train at home or at their units. This is a challenge that will pay many dividends for the RC and the Total Army.
The author thanks Major Tony Stratton for his input into this article.
Colonel Jerry Proctor is the TSM ASAS and the Deputy TSM is Mr. Michael Strack. Readers can E-mail them at proctorj1@ huachuca-emh1.army.mil and strackm @huachuca-emh1.army.mil. You can reach them telephonically at (520) 533-3504/7 or DSN 821-3504.