Central Technical Support Facility - Achieving Excellence in Army Interoperability

Established in 1996, CTSF initially served as a center for rapid development and testing of Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) and to support early digitization exercises at Fort Hood. Staffed by more than 125 military personnel, Army Civilians and support contractors, the CTSF is a collaborative environment also serving as home to more than 300 personnel representing Army product and program management teams who develop and field network product lines that support the Army's Mission Command Network. These organizations execute other activities including regional support, fielding, training, and operational testing from the CTSF location. Today, the CTSF replicates current and emerging Army network baselines to ensure Army Interoperability Certification of software, in other words, testing new software to ensure it is ready to integrate into operational unit networks. As an end product, CTSF experts provide reasonable assurance that the various software baselines are interoperable prior to fielding, a comprehensive look at the cyber security posture of systems across the Army and assurance of software integration readiness—ultimately helping to provide a less complex product to operational units.



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CTSF PRIORITIES:

Army Interoperability & Certification (AIC) – AIC testing verifies that a system, platform, or SoS can successfully exchange critical information while interfacing on a network.

Configuration Management (CM) – CTSF is responsible for maintaining version control of the various LWN/MC software baselines on behalf of the Army CIO/G-6. Internally, CM supports testing and systems engineering assessments by imposing CM practices over all PM-delivered software.