Track Four: Network Transformation

MG Mark Bowman, CIO/G6, AONS

COL John Schrader, CIO/G6, AONS

LandWarNet is transforming from a collection of stovepipe systems to a federated system of systems with the ultimate goal of a single enterprise network.   This track will lay out the foundations for our To-Be LandWarNet and the Army modernization strategy to make it happen.  Current operations and the changing spectrum environment are presented as driving innovation and resource allocation.  Finally, the key to successful transformation is understanding what it is and what it is not.

  Tuesday, 3 August 2010
1015 - 1130 Architecture – As-Is and To-be
Panelists:  Ms. Carol Wortman, Acting Director, Army Architecture Integration Center, CIO/G-6, COL Anthony Howard, Chief, LWN Army Architecture Integration Center, CIO/G-6, Mr. Terry Edwards, Director, ASA9ALT) System of Systems Engineering (SoSE), Mr. Ronald Vandiver, Chief, Architecture Integraion and Management, Army Capabilities Integration Center, CIO/G-6, and Mr. Susmit Patel, Senior Principal Engineer, MITRE

This session provides an overview of The Army Network Architecture Strategy – Tactical for deployed forces.  It provides the initial "as is" baseline and outlines two critical strategic decisions that will provide the Army universal, easily enforced, technical standards:  an  Everything over Internet Protocol (EoIP) network architecture and a Common Operating Environment (COE) for application development.  These decisions will align us with industry and allow faster, more efficient, adoption of emerging technologies. In the end, every Soldier – whether in a Tactical Operations Center (TOC) or on the move – will be on single, integrated network and the linchpins of our approach are Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS).

1400 - 1515 Current Operations & Spectrum Issues
COL Kenneth McNeill

This session provides an operational context for signal support to current operations over the preceding six months.  Emerging needs, joint and combined networks and information exchange with partners, other government agencies, and non-governmental agencies will highlight the complex environment in which we operate.  This will be followed by an overview of the challenges, legal implications, and restrictions in spectrum management and availability impacting the ability to train and deploy in an increasingly competitive electromagnetic spectrum.

  Wednesday, 4 August 2010
0945 - 1100 Software Transformation
COL Michael Gray

The Army is moving to customer-centric, agile, continuous processes for application development.  This approach relies on preapproved software development toolkits and automates submission, testing, and certification in order to get applications to the field more quickly and efficiently.  The Army Application Marketplace will bring developers and end-users together to collaborate on innovative solutions to Army problems, level the playing field for all vendors and increase competition in order to provide the best and most relevant apps for use by our Soldiers.

1500 - 1615 Network Modernization Strategy
COL John Morrison, Executive Officer to the CIO/G6, HQDA CIO/G6

This session provides the steps needed in order for the signal corps to provide warfighters the end-to-end network that will bring all soldiers into it, enable deploying commanders to leverage the same network enabled theater capabilities through all phases of Joint Operations, and provide incremental modernization to the Army as resources permit.

1630 - 1745 LandWarNet Transformation: Creating Unity of Effort
Speaker: COL Jay Santiago

This session focuses on outlining the synchronization of key efforts used to transform LandWarNet. To realize the Army goal of a robust global network enterprise, it is critical to maintain unity of effort among key stakeholders who:

• set the requirements
• fund the capability
• develop the capability
• operate the capability, and
• enforce compliance

The Army  must outline the ways and means to align funding, requirements, and solutions for each layer of the LandWarNet.  It is also intended to level set our understanding of the network and what it takes to build the centerpiece of the 21st century.  In order to gain support and funding to build and sustain LandWarNet we must speak with one voice when engaging senior leaders.   We must simplify the network so the force can leverage a diverse set of applications, plug-and-play devices and services that enable C2, collaboration and the ability to train-as-we-fight.  The Signal Corps must lead this transformation to plan, build, and manage the network as an enterprise asset.  Without a relevant and engaged Signal Corps, the Army will not realize the true benefits of a transformed LandWarNet.

  Thursday, 5 August 2010
1000 - 1130

Spectrum: The Latest and What is Next                               

Speaker:  Mr. Stu Timerman

This session will provide a summary of the spectrum-related initiatives being performed within the Army  and DoD that will provide greater benefit to the warfighter’s use of spectrum-dependent systems.  The session will also address presidential and Congressional actions related to spectrum, and how they may impact the warfighter.

A cumulative review of key issues and highlights from the Track’s presentations will follow this discussion.