Friday, April 18, 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 (Aug. 2013): Aligned with the Army Network Strategy, provides strategic level LandWarNet design guidance to realize end-state capabilities. Revision to be published in Summer 2014.

  • Appendix A: Technical Architecture (Mar. 2012): Army CIO/G6 standards guidance to the acquisition community for developing single, secure and interoperable solutions to meet Army Directive 2013-02, LWN 2020 and Beyond requirements as part of the network modernization. Standards repository is at (CAC required). Update in Summer 2014 will become Annex A to the LWN 2020 & Beyond Enterprise Architecture.

  • Appendix B: Army Installation Network (Post/Camp/Station) Architecture (Aug. 2013): Describes objectives as enterprise architecture relates to the Army installation IT environment. Updated information in Appendix B will be incorporated into the LWN 2020 & Beyond Enterprise Architecture.

  • Appendix C: Common Operating Environment (Oct. 2010): Set of computing technologies and standards that enable secure and interoperable applications to be developed and executed across a variety of computing environments, server, client, mobile devices, sensors and platforms. Update in Summer 2014 will become Annex B to the LWN 2020 & Beyond Enterprise Architecture.

  • Appendix D: Deployed Tactical Network (May. 2012): Standardizes framework for describing and analyzing the deployed tactical network in order to guide future architecture capability development efforts. Focuses on transport, application, services, and network operations. Updated information in Appendix D will be incorporated into the LWN 2020 & Beyond Enterprise Architecture.

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. v2.0 to be published in Summer 2014.

  • 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 v2.0 (Sept. 2013): 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. v3.0 to be published in Apr. 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 (Jun. 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 (May. 2013): Standardizes end-user computing experience, back-end management, and control. v2.0 to be published 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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