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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
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.