The concept which became the Special Incident Response Task Force (SIRTAF) was initially formed during a deployment to Iraq in 2003. A small group of soldiers serving with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division, realized that if the command and control concepts used in combat were applied to national incident response, we could drastically improve response time and survivability. During 2003 and subsequent deployments, this group continued to document and improve this concept. The resulting design was named CSOS (Common Strategic Operations System). This formed the base for what would become SIRTAF.
It was quickly realized that currently available technology would not provide the desired operational performance or capabilities. Additional, most off-the-shelf solutions fell short of meeting the strict criteria that would be necessary for CSOS to be effective. The system would have to be built from the ground up, incorporating minimal aspects of the underlying operating system. Also, certain computing, networking, and programming libraries would have to evolve before CSOS could be realized.
In late 2006, some members of the group had completed their contracts with the Army and left to continue working in the civilian world. However, some stayed in the Army and were re-stationed at other posts. In June 2007, an unexpected blow hit the group and temporarily halted development. Pvt. Timothy Crislip, a critical member of development, had been murdered. He was killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Lewis. Tim was 22 at the time and had survived a yearlong deployment in which he was nearly killed by a rocket attack that destroyed the tent he was staying in. Tim lost some hearing as a result of the attack.
Tim's murder hit the group hard. Most of the original members left the program after the news. SIRTAF as a group, was over. The leader of the research group, Thomas Dubas, worked quietly by himself for a few years while touring as a lighting professional in the music industry. In 2010, the program was again hit by a devastating blow. The great Nashville flood in May 2010 had destroyed Thomas's house, his car, and nearly 80% of the research conducted to that point. If SIRTAF was to continue, it would again be nearly from scratch.
Undeterred by all of these setbacks and losses, Thomas moved to an apartment and continued working again. In 2013, SIRTAF got several boosts and leaped forward. The maturity of a programming libraries had reached a level that it could support a majority of critical functions required by the system. Additionally, advances in operating systems, computing hardware, and mobile devices provided additional functionality not available before. To incorporate these new technologies, the system would have to be drastically re-designed. However, now there was help. From 2010 to 2013, new members had been added to the program. Disciplines ranging from military, law enforcement, medical, and even engineering. Since then, development has continued steadily. As a result of the redesigns and new innovations, the current version of the system was designed. The resulting system concept and design was called DSOCCS (Distributed Strategic Operations Command and Control System).
In 2016, advances in available technologies continued to propel development forward. Active shooter events, bombing, and terrorist attacks around the nation and the world over the past decade were carefully reviewed. The lessons learned from these incidents have been evaluated and integrated in to the DSOCCS framework. Additional members were added to the program and in early 2017, a new place. Now settled in Rutherford County Tennessee, SIRTAF has continued moving forward with development. DSOCCS is nearing development of an operational evaluation version that will eventually be the initial release. The infrastructure that will take DSOCCS to production is currently being established and is called the Joint Strategic Infrastructure System. Now, after a very dynamic decade of loss, eureka moments, advances, and setbacks, SIRTAF is now in the home stretch to making DSOCCS a reality.