(3) The EN can be filled with complete or partial SOI data from the corps down to platoon
level. The BSO coordinates with the unit S3 to determine which subscribers receive what portions of
the SOI (such as tailoring the SOI for specific-user missions). By tailoring the SOI, units can develop
electronically what is called the SOI extract. The BSO fills the subscriber EN with the required
information to minimize the consequences, should the EN be compromised.
(4) BECS at brigade and separate battalion-level gives the BSO a quick method of
developing an SOI for task force organization. The BSO determines the units assigned to the task force
from the mission operations order, and then uses the BECS terminal to pull out the call signs of those
units and stores them in a separate file for recall.
(5) The BSO is responsible for controlling and distributing FH variables and SOI materials.
BECS centralizes that control and simplifies distribution to the individual users in the unit. It allows the
BSO to selectively fill subscriber ENs, locally and remotely, with the required SOI data. Since the BSO
or a designated representative is the primary BECS operator, he has direct control over initial
information loaded into each EN. The BSO also controls who the SOI is given to in basic generation
unit (BGU) to BGU transfers (such as brigade to battalion distribution). This provides the BSO
centralized control for distributing and revising SOI data in his unit.
(6) The number of signal personnel in non-signal battalion and brigade units has decreased,
with most equipment becoming user-owned and operated. This places another burden on the BSO and
signal chief to monitor signal procedures in their unit. Signal personnel no longer operate most signal
equipment; rather, the primary users are the combat arms, CS, and CSS personnel throughout the
battlefield. This increases the importance of a good training plan. The training plan ensures the general-
purpose user is familiar with operator procedures for all new pieces of equipment. Initial planning must
include network activation and remote keying operations, as well as remedial actions peculiar to FH
The battlefield electronic CEOI system.
a. The BECS, a computer-based software package, is the frequency management tool for
SINCGARS. The signal planner uses BECS to design, develop, and produce the SINCGARS variables
and SOI material. The BECS terminal can be used to manipulate unit SOI data bases to produce outputs
in electronic and hard copy formats. The fielding of data storage devices makes hard-copy SOI obsolete
and eases the operator's burden of carrying and using the paper SOL
b. The BECS decentralizes the production of the SOI from the NSA to corps and division signal
offices. The result has been a more acceptable response time for producing, revising, and reallocating
SOIs. SINCGARS radios require hopset variables to function properly in the ECCM mode. BECS is
required to generate the hopset variable.