Transforming LandWarNet: Implementing the Enterprise Strategy
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (ARMY) ARLINGTON VA
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One of the biggest challenges a Soldier faces is inconsistent access to network and information technology resources. Ability to deploy on little-to-no notice and to fight upon arrival is essential to the Army. Many expeditionary capabilities are network-dependent. Every Soldier should have universal access to his or her applications and data during all phases of the Army Force Generation cycle and joint operations. More basic, a Soldier should have but one email address and telephone number throughout his or her career. The current suite of networks, information systems and IT resources does not fully support an expeditionary Army. Many services and systems are designed to work within robust networks that often do not scale down to the tactical user or do not accommodate users accessing the network from home, training locations, or temporary duty locations. To make the network an advantage, rather than a vulnerability, it must be developed and implemented as a holistic enterprise system. It must be secure and standards-based, consisting of a versatile infrastructure supported by linked, redundant transport systems, into and from which sensors, warfighting and business applications, and data are fed and drawn. To enable full-spectrum operations with our joint, coalition and interagency partners, the network also must be seamless from the sustaining base to the tactical edge. LandWarNet is the Armys solution to this enterprise network requirement and its contribution to the Global Information Grid. Its foundation consists of a common strategy and architecture, enterprise-wide systems engineering, a single concept of operations for network operations and configuration control. In March 2009, the Army Chief of Staff directed the maturation of LandWarNet via the Global Network Enterprise Construct GNEC. The Army is a third of the way through this broad and complex three-year campaign, and the results are promising.
- Information Science
- Command, Control and Communications Systems