The Coast Guard on Wednesday stood up a reorganized command that also consolidates several other organizations to better enable the service to more rapidly deploy technology in support of its missions.
The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber and Intelligence Service Center (C5ISC) “will deliver technology solutions for mission success and will be measured by its ability to deliver mission support at the speed of need,” says a service-wide ALCOAST memorandum from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz. “In addition, the functional structure of this new unit will underpin and enable the USCG Technology Revolution’s five lines of effort: Cutter Connectivity; Modernizing C5I Infrastructure; Cyber Readiness; Software, Mobility and Cloud; and Data for Decisions.”
In February, the Coast Guard rolled out its Tech Revolution, with Schultz at the time saying it is a “whole of service effort to empower our people with an information system that is reliable, mobile and integrated.” Later, in April as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was picking up steam and forcing the private sector and all levels of government to adopt employee teleworking on a vast scale, he said the crisis is demonstrating the demand for his service to modernize its information technology infrastructure.
The C5ISC is commanded by Capt. Russell Dash, who previously led the now dis-established Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Technology Service Center.
The Coast Guard said the organizational overhaul is the largest unit reorganization in 10 years. The new unit includes over 800 military and civilian personnel.