Track Two: Enabling Joint Expeditionary Operations

COL John Hildebrand, NETCOM/9th SC (A) G-3

Mr. Bill Coffman, NETCOM/9th SC (A) G-3

Enabling Joint Expeditionary Operations focuses on leveraging LandWarNet capabilities to enable modular forces to conduct expeditionary operations through all phases of Joint operations across the full spectrum of conflict. This track consists of presentations and discussions on current and emerging LandWarNet capabilities that support Battle Command capabilities and the Warfighting, Business, and Intelligence domains from the foxhole to the home station.  The track will include an overview of the Army's Network Modernization Strategy; highlights of the Army’s accomplishments providing enterprise network capabilities ISO of expeditionary forces; Expeditionary signal operations lessons learned; an overview of Army Forces Cyber Command operations and way ahead; And, Network Enterprise Centers initiatives emphasizing support to the Warfighter.


  Tuesday, 3 August 2010
1015 - 1130 Army Network Modernization Strategy Update
Speaker: TBD

The Army will provide an end-to-end (E2E) network that brings all Soldiers appropriate network capability by building out the required network infrastructure, providing deployers with deployment theater network environments through all Joint Operational Phases, and providing incremental modernization to the Army as resources permit and in accordance with the over-arching Army Modernization Strategy and implementation Framework.  The Network Modernization Strategy is a three-pronged, holistic approach that encompasses: 1) the establishment of a network Enterprise infrastructure called the LandWarNet and guided by an organizing Global Network Enterprise Construct (GNEC); 2) that brings operational network capabilities to deployable units synchronized to the ARFORGEN cycle; and 3) the incremental modernization of the Army as a whole under the overarching Army Modernization Plan.  This will be the most resource constrained part of modernization because of its breadth of scope, but needs to continue.  In fact, the pace of technology improvement is such that this phase of modernization will never end.  We will use specific Means and Ways to achieve specific Ends, as detailed in the Network Modernization Strategy Framework.  The network modernization investment will be managed using the Capability Set (CS) construct, with a more intensive DOTMLPF examination of solutions that will support the E2E nature of the requirement.  Network modernization will happen across the five network layers: Sensors, Applications, Service, Transport, and Standards.

1400 - 1515 VOIP/VOSIP Operational Focus and Current Status Pilot
Speakers: Mr. Alex Kreimer, PEO EIS, PM NSC and Ms. Kendra Acord, I3MP Capability Manager, 9th SC (A) G5, PP&A

Unclassified and classified voice communications for Army locations are evolving, transforming, and aligning with the DoD vision for next generation communication capabilities.  Time division multiplexed, circuit-switched voice services will migrate to Voice over IP (VoIP) and Voice over Secure IP (VoSIP).  These will evolve to include unified capabilities, and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) will become more integrated.  This briefing will compare and contrast Army VoIP, VoSIP, and LMR through a discussion of policy, background, current state and the way ahead.  The discussion will include the voice capabilities gap analysis being conducted by NETCOM and how the information gathered will be used to guide PEO EIS programs.

  Wednesday, 4 August 2010
0945 - 1100 Operation Enduring Freedom, Tactical Theater SIGNAL Brigade Lessons Learned.  Overview of Challenges and Benefits of Deploying a TTSB
Speaker: MAJ Hugh McCauley, 7th Sig Bde S3

In May 2010, 7th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade (TTSB) will deploy to Bagram Airfield (BAF) in order to establish the Joint NETOPS Control Center – Afghanistan (JNCC-A) and provide command and control (C2) over two signal battalions, one operational base signal battalion and one expeditionary signal battalion (ESB).  This briefing will focus on lessons learned from performing these two missions.  Lessons learned will cover the areas of C2, Network Architecture, NETOPS Lines of Authority, and integration of global Network Enterprise Construct (Tools).

1500 - 1615 Guardian Enable/NSC OPVAL II
Speakers: Mr. Jeff Klein, G3 Training Div. and Mr. Rene Broussard, G35 Div, NETCOM 9th SC(A)

Guardian Enable. CSA directed (VOCO, GEN Casey to MG Lawrence, 2 Dec 2009) that the Army “Deploy a BCT-sized unit leveraging the range of global network enterprise capabilities through all phases of its deployment by FY11.”  Further, the Army will “Deploy all BCT-sized units leveraging the range of global network enterprise capabilities through all phases of its deployment by FY12.”  Operation Guardian Enable will integrate enterprise network services and Battle Command Common Services (BCCS) to support a brigade-sized element throughout all Joint Operational Phases. From 16 Feb to 18 May 2010, the Army will conduct the second and final Network Service Center Operational Validation (NSC OPVAL), leveraging the deployment of 75th Fires Brigade (FiB) from home station at Ft. Sill, OK to Grafenwoehr, Germany in support of Austere Challenge 2010, and back home.  During OPVAL II, 75th FiB will operate from both garrison and field locations using its Battle Command Common Services (BCCS v3) suite.  This set of battle command applications will be replicated at the Area Processing Centers (APC) at Grafenwoehr and then cooped to the APC at Ft. Bragg.  OPVAL II is built upon lessons learned in OPVAL I, tests new enterprise capabilities, and includes the tie-in between the Bde HQ’s deployed to Germany and a subordinate battalion training at Ft. McCoy. 

1630 - 1745 ARFORCYBER - Unifying Army Cyberspace Operations
Speaker: COL Josef Smith, ARFORCYBER G39

On 23 Jun 2009, Secretary of Defense directed services to establish component support for U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). The Army’s Component to USCYBERCOM is Army Forces Cyber (ARFORCYBER).  ARFORCYBER brings unprecedented unity of effort and synchronization of Army forces operating within the cyber domain. The new ARFORCYBER command capitalizes on existing Army cyber resources, but provides unprecedented unity of effort and command by realigning cyber resources under a single command.   The NETCOM/9thSC(A) and portions of the 1st IO CMD (L) are subordinate units to ARFORCYBER; additionally, INSCOM is under the operational control of ARFORCYBER for cyber-related actions. ARFORCYBER’s unique ability to focus on planning, coordinating, integrating, synchronizing, directing, and conducting network operations and defense of all Army networks supports our mission to ensure U.S. and Allied forces have freedom of action in cyberspace.

  Thursday, 5 August 2010
1000 - 1130 Enabling Unity of Command for LandWarNet in the Western Hemisphere
Speaker:  Mr. Richard Breakiron, 7th Signal Command

A panel presentation with a short introduction outlining 7th SC(T)'s supporting role to organizations in the Theater with its three Army Commands (ACOM), seven Army Service Component Commands (ASCCs), and twelve Direct Reporting Units (DRUs). Discussion will highlight four Centers of Excellence (Ft. Bragg, Redstone Arsenal, Ft. Knox, and Ft. Sam Houston) and the role of 7th SC(T) in operating and maintaining network capabilities for these centers. A NEC Director will discuss how NECs have transformed from decentralized organizations under IMCOM to enterprise-focused general support organizations.  A Brigade representative will focus on brigade NEST team employment successes such as recent DAIG and IA inspections. A G3/Command Integration representative will provide status updates on BRAC, focusing on lessons learned during the initial moves of AMC and FORSCOM units. And a representative from the Business Transformation Office will discuss cost modeling initiative and how SLAs support the operational concerns of ACOM, ASCCs, and DRUs CIO/G6s. 

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