Communications Readiness (CR)

The net-centric vision requires a dependable, reliable, ubiquitous network that eliminates stovepipes and responds to dynamic scenarios by bringing power to the edge. To ensure effective information transport, a close relationship must exist between the computing infrastructure, intelligence and network operations priorities to support access to GIG services.

Data transport to all users across multiple security domains presents a challenge in current technology. Seamless access to standardized services from anywhere on the GIG is a primary goal. All data must be available to all authorized users in all places and at all times. Additionally, the ability to rapidly deploy, expand or redeploy infrastructure elements is essential. Recovery of systems from damage or failure is necessary to provide GIG access in mission critical situations. Thus, reliability, maintainability and availability are elements that require significant focus. Interoperability between systems and technologies is also paramount to seamless access.

The CR priority focuses on the communications infrastructure and supporting processes that ensure information transport is available for all users (both fixed and mobile) across the GIG. This infrastructure includes physical networks, protocols, waveforms, transmission systems, facilities, associated spectrum management capabilities and other assets that provide: 1) wireless line-of-sight, 2) SATCOM and other beyond-line-of-sight, 3) fiber optic and traditional wireline, and all other physical transmission media. The priority is built on a core foundation of transport elements, with the advancement of technology, which will support the full scope of network convergence for voice, data, and video across multiple security levels.

Enabling Communications Readiness Environment

Integrating net-centric concepts into the information transport environment will require careful planning and collaboration across the Department. Changes in the environment will need to be reflected in policy, procedure and guidance to ensure that transport planning (capacity, quality of equipment/technology, redundancy) is fully supported. Transport's near-term focus is on:

  • Modularization - Design solutions will be modularized, IP-based, and should consider historical usage patterns, location and mission focus. Proven configurations will emerge that can be mixed and matched based on mission need. The use of standardized bills of materials to support similar deployments will streamline the acquisition process resulting in faster deployment and/or augmentation of user locations. It will also reduce training requirements and promote confidence in the overall transport architecture.
  • Limiting Uniqueness - Newer and broader-based technologies will provide opportunities, through replacement or retirement, to limit or eliminate non-standard equipment types/sets and their associated support requirements. This will facilitate the emergence of an interoperable network resulting in a reduction in spare parts inventory, reduced maintenance (hardware and software) and repair costs and an optimization of opportunities for equipment reuse.
  • Rapid Deployment - A modular, well known set of infrastructure equipment and configurations will enable rapid deployment of GIG capabilities in response to new mission requirements and/or arising tactical needs. This includes a comprehensive understanding of required resources to accomplish the complete deployment, enhancement, augmentation or re-deployment of a site.
  • Technology Evolution - New technologies will require comprehensive testing to determine how they interact with existing systems and approved implementation methods. Newer technologies will support Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), network management Simple Network Management Protocol version 3 (SNMPv3) and capacity planning (modeling and simulation) which will guide decision makers in anticipating opportunities for establishing tiered network security, newer services and/or federating existing services.

Full testing of interoperability, equipment configuration (internal and interconnection), new technologies, and pilot programs will help ensure that the best equipment, services and modular deployments are kept current, constantly improved and are field ready. Embedding these elements within the DoD's acquisition processes will be one of the most critical factors in the Department's ability to realize an information transport environment that supports the goals of net-centric information availability.

Principles and Business Rules

The Communciations Readiness principle and rules detailed on the next page are established to reduce complexity and cost, increase reliability, accommodate change, and implement GIG technical direction.