Army Publishes New Guidance for Single, Secure, Standards-Based Network

Two new appendices to “End-State Army Enterprise Network Architecture” provide new guidance to move the Army to a single, secure, standards-based network. Appendix A, Technical Architecture, and Appendix D, Deployed Tactical Network, are part of the Army’s overall guidance to improve security, inform network procurement, enable unity of effort and reduce complexity. Appendix C, Common Operating Environment (COE) was published in late 2010.

In effect now, the published appendices are part of the base “End State” network architecture document—which is still in development. As the network architect for the Army, the CIO/G-6 published the guidance in collaboration with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology (ASA (ALT)) and other Army staff.

The new Army Technical Guidance & Repository (Appendix A) is a necessary condition for achieving interoperability and implementing the COE and Everything over Internet Protocol (EoIP) architectures. The guidance provides standards for the deployed tactical network and the enterprise network at Posts/Camps/Stations. It is also aligned to the timeline for Army network Capability Sets.

The new Deployed Tactical Network Guidance (Appendix D) defines the “end state” of the tactical network architecture and provides technical guidance on current and future tactical network systems. It focuses on transport, applications, services and network operations.

The already published Common Operating Environment (Appendix C) outlines a commercially-based set of computing technologies and standards, applications, and systems that are interoperable on the Army network. It will allow the Army to deliver capabilities to Soldiers faster by reducing development time and cost, and the time required to integrate, certify and deploy systems.

As the materiel developer for the Army, ASA (ALT) is developing the COE implementation plan; they published the draft in late 2011. It provides more details to industry partners and Army program managers on design, develop, implement solutions. It aligns Army programs into seven Computing Environments (CE) that are based on mission environment; CE baselines facilitate reuse of common components.

The Army plans to publish three more appendices in FY13: Army Installation Network (Post/Camp/Station) (Appendix B), Information/Mission Assurance Guidance (Appendix E) and NetOps architecture (Appendix F).

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