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In concert with military and commercial communication segments that support DOD missions, the primary interface point between the sustaining base and deployed forces is called the DOD Gateway. The DOD Gateway includes entities formerly called the standardized tactical entry point (STEP) and upgrade called the Teleport. The DOD Gateway provides robust worldwide ground entry interface to SATCOM resources and GIG/DISN services. The DOD Gateway is designed to meet the requirement of the provisioning of pre-positioned, sustainable DISN services. An equally important result of this upgrade to the DISN has been the improvement and standardization (facilitating interoperability) of the JFC's access to the DISN.
DOD Gateway (see Figure II-3) has evolved from the STEP to incorporate additional satellite connectivity through the Teleport program. This provides greater flexibility in the use of DOD and commercial SATCOM resources.
- "Overview" section: Joint Publication 6-0, at II-4, II-5, II-6.