Army issues more guidance for standards-based network

The Army has published additional guidance in its ongoing effort to move to a single, standards-based network.

The new guidance consists of two more appendices that are part of the base “End State” network architecture document, which is still in development, the Army CIO/G-6 Office said.

Appendix A, Technical Architecture, and Appendix D, Deployed Tactical Network, are part of the Army’s overall guidance to improve security, inform network procurement, unify effort and reduce complexity, the office said. Appendix C, Common Operating Environment (COE) was previously published in 2010.

The new Army Technical Guidance and Repository (Appendix A) is a necessary condition for achieving interoperability and implementing the COE and Everything over IP (EoIP) architectures, the office said. The guidance provides standards for the deployed tactical network and the enterprise network at posts, camps and stations. It also is aligned with the timeline for Army network Capability Sets.

The new Deployed Tactical Network Guidance (Appendix D) defines the “end state” of the tactical network architecture and gives technical guidance on current and future tactical network systems, the notice said. It focuses on transport, applications, services and network operations.

The already published Common Operating Environment (Appendix C) outlines a commercially based set of computing technologies and standards, applications, and systems that are interoperable on the Army network.

The Army plans to publish three more appendices in fiscal 2013: Army Installation Network (Appendix B), Information/Mission Assurance Guidance (Appendix E) and NetOps architecture (Appendix F).


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