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MARINE CORPS CENTRALIZED COMMERCIAL BANDWIDTH INITIATIVE (MC3B) DESCRIPTION AND PROCEDURES

Date Signed: 11/29/2018
MARADMINS Number: 673/18

R 282112Z NOV 18
MARADMIN 673/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC C4 CS//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS CENTRALIZED COMMERCIAL BANDWIDTH INITIATIVE (MC3B) DESCRIPTION AND PROCEDURES//
REF/A/POLICY/CJSCI 6250.01E/14MAR2013//
REF/B/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC C4/ 20070131//
REF/C/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC C4/081925ZFEB16//
NARR/REF A IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF INSTRUCTION SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS. REF B IS HQMC C4 MESSAGE BANDWIDTH REQUEST PROCEDURES FOR SUPPORT WIDE AREA NETWORK. REF C IS HQMC C4 MARINE CORPS CENTRALIZED COMMERCIAL BANDWIDTH INITIATIVE (MC3B) DESCRIPTION AND PROCEDURES.  POC/ANDRE P. COLEMAN/GS-13/HQMC C4-CS/-/TEL: DSN 260-8836/EMAIL: ANDRE.COLEMAN@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Purpose:  This is a HQMC C4 MC3B Policy update that will supersede Ref C.
2.  Background:  MC3B was established to provide all Marine Corps units with commercial Ku band satellite bandwidth when military satellite bandwidth is not available.  MC3B is intended to augment military satellite bandwidth when the military resources are unavailable, inadequate, or when ground terminals only operate over commercial satellites.  MC3B enables the effective training of Marine satellite communicators, as well as the engineering, and employment of satellite communications (SATCOM) networks in support of Marine Corps missions.
3.  Bandwidth provided by the MC3B is available to all Marine Corps, Ku band, SATCOM capable terminals.  Resources for commercial frequency bands, other than Ku bands, can be obtained from other sources, i.e., the Navys Commercial Broadband Satellite program (CBSP), or from DISA Commercial SATCOM directly.
4.  The commercial bandwidth provided by the MC3B has been allocated into three geographic pools, Western Pacific (WPAC) (WPAC region to include Thailand, Japan (including Okinawa), Guam, south Korea, North Korea, Philippines, and Australia), Americas (Eastern region with emphasis over continental United States, Ft. Wainwright Alaska, and Hawaii), and Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) (South West Asia region to include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Libya, Norway, Pakistan, Somalia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Yemen).  The pools consist of both time division multiple access (TDMA), and frequency division multiple access (FDMA) carriers.  Each carrier has the ability to "surge" or "port" bandwidth to provide global coverage in support of Marine Corps units.
4. a. Surge is the addition of bandwidth (surge bandwidth based on mission requirements SAR/SAA can be Ku-band as well as options for Ka and X bands) in a specific area for a period of time without diminishing the bandwidth in any pool.  When exercised the bandwidth shall be available for use within thirty (30) calendar days.
4. b. Portability (port) is the ability to shift bandwidth from one pooled location to another designated pooled location.  When exercised the bandwidth shall be available within fourteen (14) calendar days for routine operations.
4. c. During emergency or critical operations surge, or porting, the bandwidth will be available within 48 hours of formal notification to the vendor.  HQMC C4/CS SATCOM Planner, in response to Marine Corps Forces (MARFOR) requirements, will initiate the porting or surge of bandwidth with the vendor.  The time associated in each event is to allow the vendor, in coordination with satellite providers, to facilitate the required bandwidth transfer.
5.  Overall management of the MC3B is the responsibility of HQMC C4/CS.  HQMC C4 has delegated the responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of bandwidth allocation to satellite bandwidth managers listed in paragraph 9.b. of this message. The HQMC C4 satellite bandwidth managers are responsible for the processing of all USMC commercial Satellite Access Requests (SARs) and issuance of Satellite Access Authorizations (SAAs). The bandwidth managers will provide direct liaison with the Regional Satellite Support Center (RSSC), satellite providers, and satellite users.  The contracted provider is responsible for the execution of engineering activities to include: satellite transmission plans, link budget analysis, trend analysis, network design, and network optimization. In accordance with reference a, priority of bandwidth allocation is based on established JCS, COCOM, and Service priorities.
6.  USMC unit SAR submission procedures for commercial Ku bandwidth access:
6. a. All SARs will be submitted IAW reference (a) utilizing the SAR form which is available from the HQMC C4 satellite bandwidth managers.  This requirement is in addition to the SAR message submitted to the appropriate COCOM for mission validation.   HQMC C4 satellite bandwidth managers will process each SAR and issue a SAA based on bandwidth availability, priority of request, link budget within acceptable parameters, and if applicable additional OCONUS authorizations.
6. b. USMC units utilizing commercial Ku band bandwidth will be provided a detailed transmission plan, bandwidth allocation, carrier, and transponder information, as well as access and de-access procedures by the HQMC C4 satellite bandwidth managers.  The unit is responsible for contacting the commercial vendor directly by phone prior to accessing the satellite.  The unit is required to transmit the proper satellite activation and deactivation reports, and must be reachable by the vendor and or the HQMC C4 satellite bandwidth managers for the duration of their SATCOM mission.
6. c. Failure to follow required activation and deactivation procedures and reporting may result in a denial of service and can negatively impact the proper planning and allocation of finite SATCOM resources.
7.  Host Nation Agreements (HNA) are a using unit responsibility.  Requests for HNA waivers should be processed through the proper COCOM.  HNAs are required for operating outside of the United States and its territories.  Each host nation (HN) has its specific requirements and procedures for obtaining the authorization to operate tactical SATCOM terminals within their borders.  It is the responsibility of the owning/operating unit to initiate the coordination to receive HN authorization prior to conducting operations.  HN authorization can be acquired in several ways based on the operational circumstances.
7. a. Government to government coordination is the preferred method when possible, and should be the initial avenue taken to receive authorization.  This type of coordination should be initiated during initial planning conferences (IPC) and mid planning conferences (MPC) with the HN and its representatives.  If during the IPC and MPC the HN is unwilling, or unable to provide HN authorization, HQMC C4 must be notified immediately.
7. b. In the event government to government coordination fails to result in HN authorization, HQMC C4 will leverage DISA contract vehicles to obtain the appropriate HNA on behalf of the Marine Corps.  This avenue may require substantial financial investment which must be sourced either from the requesting unit, MARFOR, Combatant Commander Directing/sponsoring the operation, or from other sources.
7. c. All coordination outside the government to government coordination requiring financial payment will be centrally coordinated by HQMC C4.  The HN process can take four to eight months so coordination should begin as soon as possible.
8. SATCOM terminal lease Option:  MC3B contract includes an option to lease and/or purchase commercial SATCOM terminals and/or terminal equipment to meet emergent, or contingency operational needs.  The terminal requirements and specifications shall be identified and submitted based on the needs and nature of mission. Leasing timeframe/timeline and SATCOM terminal size weight and power specification are still being developed with the vendor.
9.  The POCs are:
9. a. Mr. Andre P. Coleman, HQMC C4 SATCOM Planner, at DSN 260-8836, commercial (571 256-8836, or email andre.coleman@usmc.mil.
9. b. The is Mr. Martin Manglona, HQMC C4 Bandwidth Manager, email martin.manglona(at)usmc.mil, or martin.manglona.ctr@usmc.smil.mil.
10.  This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps total force.
11.  Release authorized by BGen Lorna M. Mahlock, Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4), Department.//