The BCT FEC links directly with its UEx, the Fires Brigade and the UEy
FECs and with joint assets via the advanced field artillery tactical data system (AFATDS).
If we believe the future maneuver UA brigades will number 48, and there will be approximately 12 UEx and four UEy
organizations, there will certainly be a need for 12 to 15 of each of the five different support brigades.
The TSC also will execute those lead-service, common-user logistics support requirements that the UEy commander assigns.
The Army will accomplish this by moving required functional assets previously located in the theater support command and COSCOM to the UEy level and by moving other capabilities in the COSCOM and DISCOM main support battalion to the UEx level and down into maneuver BCTs and support brigades to make those units more self-reliant.
At the UEy level, the Army will collapse and consolidate selected functions (such as the materiel management center and movements control center) in the theater support command and COSCOM into the TSC.
During the Foundry stationing period, UEy
intelligence brigades will exercise operational control of Foundry soldiers, employing them on live-environment intelligence missions, but returning them to their parent UEx/UA units for scheduled major training events and pending contingency deployments.
Based on the concepts under development, the UEy has an assigned sustainment, network, intelligence, and civil affairs headquarters.
Not unlike the UEy, many of the theater-level engineer missions become the responsibility of the logistics staff section (J4), which is fundamentally different and impractical from what is demanded of engineer support through the various phases of contingency operations.
They will be responsible for training readiness of the engineer forces, will decide what force is "in the ready rack" and which unit will be deployed, and could work for the UEy
commander as a joint deployable headquarters.
Exact numbers of SMART-Ts residing at the UEx and UEy
[Unit of Action X (Division) and Y(Corps and above)] levels to support the new force structure are not yet finalized.
We've had terrific support from 5th Signal Command, 335th Signal Command, who, while supporting operations in the Middle East, created the baseline design for the UEy G6 shop, 311th Signal Command, the 3rd ID, the 101st, the 4th ID and more.
Finally, we'll be working on Signal structure at the operational level in the UEy.
The Signal Center is engaged with Training and Doctrine Command and the Army on the UEy
structure and how the Signal Regiment will support command and control and other functions at that level.
First, the Army is streamlining its command echelons by removing an echelon, trimming down from BDE-DIV-CORPS-ASCC * (such as USAREUR or USARPAC) to Unit of Action(UA)--Unit of Employment(x)--Unit of Employment(y), referred to as UA, UEx and UEy.
The UEy is the top echelon and fills a role somewhere between a traditional corps and an Army Service Component Command.