Joint Staff J6 TIES CWP – Winner, Team Award – DoD CIO 2015 Awards

Team: J6 Tactical Infrastructure Enterprise Services (TIES) Coalition Warfare Program (CWP)

Background: The TIES CWP is a two-year effort to improve interoperability of coalition command and control information technology (IT) between France and the US that later expanded to include eight North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) partners. Its capabilities align with the NATO Federated Mission Networking (FMN) and US Mission Partner Environment (MPE) priorities. The TIES CWP program has three objectives: 1) develop and experiment with innovative solutions for exchanging information via Web services; 2) protect information with identity and access management technologies; and 3) filter the release of data by applying security metadata labels. Its technologies improved interoperability between U.S. and NATO tactical IT services by developing and implementing information exchanges that conform with the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) in an environment that securely identifies authorized users. The technology then applies metadata tagging to support automated redaction of classified data within requested information. These solutions provide user authentication between an identity provider of one partner and a service provider of another. This offers automated control to either permit or deny access across participant’s web services boundaries.

Functional Areas: Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Services, IT Efficiencies

Judging Criteria: Improved Information Delivery/Dissemination, Cost Avoidance/Savings, Broad User Base, Improved Process(es), Mission Impact

Accomplishments:

BLUF: Developed pathfinder technology for FMN and MPE, increasing command and control interoperability between the 29 NATO members and their associated 41 NATO Partnership for Peace nations. This technology will empower multi-level information sharing and access control between partner nations by enabling standardized extensible-markup language-based Web services, Web service security, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), common data labeling, and information redaction. Developed and integrated a NIEM-based request-response Web service with associated IEPDs for position report, observed position report, air tracks, and situational awareness. This was the first time that NATO command and control systems exchanged information of this type. Conducted PKI and Web service security testing utilizing a common data labeling schema that will automate information redaction.

  • Developed and integrated a request-response Web service, based on NATO’s Service Interoperability Profile 3 standard, to exchange NIEM-based XML data for situational awareness
  • Developed NIEM Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPDs) for position report, observed position report, air tracks, and situational awareness. Eight NATO partners reused IEPDs – the first time information of this type has been exchanged automatically among NATO participants
  • Conducted PKI and Web service security testing enabling NATO to identify the b est approaches
  • Implemented and verified common data labeling schema for 29 NATO nations and 41 NATO Partnership for Peace nations enabling multi-level information sharing and access control
  • FMN is considering capabilities developed by the TIES CWP as enterprise solutions