Pacific Star Communications, Inc. (PacStar)
Portland, OR
(503) 403-3000
https://pacstar.com

PacStar®, a developer and supplier of advanced communications solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), recently announced its new PacStar Secure Wireless Command Post (Wi-Fi), a deployable small form factor wireless access system designed to meet NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program requirements. The modular system brings the benefits of classified wireless access to warfighters in the field, for use with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers, while saving on size, weight and power, and reducing the setup and teardown time of traditional command post networks.

PacStar Secure Wireless Command Post (Wi-Fi) is based on the widely deployed PacStar 400-Series of rugged, small form factor networking and compute modules popular with US DoD programs for in-tent and vehicle mounted networking. Incorporating technology from industry-leading security, networking and wireless technology providers such as Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company), Cisco Systems, Palo Alto Networks, and Information Security Corporation, the system is configured to enable access to classified networks without the use of legacy, government-controlled, classified encryption hardware. The resulting system can be used by US DoD programs as well as coalition partners to enable communications interoperability, while taking advantage of performance and cost improvements using commercial solutions.

To more effectively integrate and operate the numerous networking, wireless and security technologies from multiple vendors, the system is managed by PacStar IQ-Core® Crypto Manager, an intuitive software management platform providing setup, configuration management, monitoring and troubleshooting for lightly trained operators as well as advanced administrators. IQ-Core Crypto Manager includes powerful GUIbased wizards optimized for management of CSfC functions such as digital certificate generation and signing, VPN configuration, auditing and more.

PacStar Secure Wireless Command Post is customizable and configurable to meet other NSA CSfC capability packages including Mobile Access CP (supporting LTE or other radio types) and Multi-Site Connectivity CP. It can also be configured to optimally serve a wide range of team sizes, and can also be customized with additional software and NFV solutions to ensure interoperability with existing customer infrastructure.

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