Saturday, July 26, 2014
Enterprise Architecture for LandWarNet 2020 and Beyond


Modernizing Army Network via Network Capability Set Management

Note: Architectures published on this website are based on LandWarNet (LWN) 2020 guidance. LWN 2025 guidance will be reflected in future versions of the architectures.

In March 2013, the Secretary of the Army directed capability set management as the primary approach for modernizing the network and IT acquisitions. Network Capability Sets (NCS) address operational and institutional requirements through integrated hardware, applications, communication transport, and services.

The NCS concept synchronizes IT deployed to support both warfighting and business missions and ensures Army networks are nested within Department of Defense standards. Each NCS has operational components, prioritized according to the ARFORGEN cycle, and institutional components based on known network requirements. The Army Enterprise Network Council (AENC), chartered on 23 Dec. 2013, operationalizes, governs, and synchronizes NCS investment planning and modernization activities.

Synchronizing Network Strategy and Architecture

In support of NCS, the Army is ensuring the LandWarNet strategy and enterprise architecture are fully synchronized. This effort aligns headquarters-level planning and guidance documents to establish a common plan and provide design-focused guidance to the acquisition community.

The following publications define the strategy, architecture, and required actions to realize LWN 2020 and Beyond:

  • LandWarNet 2020 and Beyond Enterprise Architecture v1.0 (Aug. 2013). The end-state enterprise architecture for LandWarNet that satisfies the Army Network Strategy. This document provides architecture guidance and direction to align Army IT investments with the Army IT vision and with the DoD Information Enterprise Architecture (DoD IEA). v2.0 to be published in Summer 2014.

  • Annex A: Technical Standards Guidance v2.0 (to be published in Summer 2014). Describes the Army Technical Guidance Repository (ATGR) that provides the technical standards for LandWarNet IT systems. Intended to provide Army-level guidance to the Acquisition and IT System Development communities. Establishes the Technical Standards Lifecycle Management process. Appendix A Technical Architecture (Mar. 2012) will be superseded by Annex A which will also become Annex A to LandWarNet 2020 and Beyond Enterprise Architecture v2.0.

  • Annex B Definitions and Guidance for the Common Operations Environment (COE) v2.0 (to be published in Summer 2014). Provides COE guidance. Contains the COE Technical Reference Model (TRM). Appendix C Common Operating Environment v1.0 (Oct. 2010) will be superseded by Annex B which will also become Annex B to LandWarNet 2020 and Beyond Enterprise Architecture v2.0.

    Note: LandWarNet 2020 and Beyond Enterprise Architecture v1.0 (including Appendices A – D) are superseded by the above three documents.

Enterprise Reference Architecture publications provide capability-specific instructions:

  • Network Operations v1.0 (Mar. 2014). Guides the update and standardization of Network Operations to increase flexibility, simplify processes, and improve network defenses.

  • Unified Capabilities v1.0 (Oct. 2013). Supports both real-time audio and video, non-real-time data applications, and provides UC implementation guidance and solution architecture. v2.0 to be published in Summer 2014.

  • Identity and Access Management v3.0 (May 2014). Establishes functional and technical boundaries for Army IdAM Services. Expands guidance to support design, development, deployment and transition to a Joint Information Environment IdAM service framework and infrastructure. v4.0 to be published in Summer 2014.

  • Network Security v1.0 (Aug. 2013). Reduces network complexity, minimizes the network attack surface, and standardizes network security. v2.0 to be published in Summer 2014.

  • Army Information Architecture v.4.1 (June 2013). Provides design and development guidance to create information systems that meet DoD and Army net-centricity and information sharing objectives.

  • Thin/Zero Client Computing v1.0 (Mar. 2013). Standardizes end-user computing experience, back-end management, and control. v2.0 to be published as End-User Devices in Summer 2014.

  • Army Enterprise Cloud Computing v1.0 (to be published in Summer 2014). Enables design, development, procurement, and fielding of cloud capabilities.

  • Network Capability Set (to be published in Fall 2014). Provides guidance and drives design of planned network capability sets within given fiscal years. First reference architecture to conceptualize the NCS as a system. To be published annually.

  • Network Capability Set System of Systems (to be published in 2014). Identifies systems that will be implemented to satisfty Army Enterprise Network Portfolio investment priorities. Developed by ASA(ALT) and to be published annually.

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