Accession Number : ADA601734
Title : Lessons Learned from the Afghan Mission Network: Developing a Coalition Contingency Network
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Serena, Chad C ; Porche III, Isaac R ; Predd, Joel B ; Osburg, Jan ; Lossing, Bradley
Report Date : Jan 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 42
Abstract : This report discusses key lessons learned from the development and evolution of the Afghan Mission Network (AMN) and the lessons born of this effort that are of relevance to the development of future coalition contingency networks. Increasingly, U.S. military operations depend on the support of coalition partners and the networks, like the AMN, that link them. The AMN, a coalition (NATO) funded, sustained, and maintained initiative, was implemented in 2010 and was created as a common network from a collection of national and NATO networks. The AMN is now the primary Coalition, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) network in the Afghanistan Combined Joint Operations Area (CJOA-A). By providing a common network over which to share critical information, the AMN enabled a shift in information-sharing posture from need to know to need to share, resulting in an increase in situational awareness (SA) among International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) partners. The end result of this effort has been greater situational understanding and serves as an object lesson in how to approach coalition networking. Although the AMN is not an end-state, it provides valuable concepts and processes for future similar efforts.
Descriptors : *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , NATO , NETWORKS , SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE