Defense IT

Army regional network plan advances

The U.S. Army has received approval from Congress to spend funds appropriated in fiscal 2011 to consolidate and secure it networks, Federal New Radio reported.

According to the news service, four congressional committees that oversee Defense Department spending approved a reprogramming plan for spending $175 million in fiscal 2011 funds on an Army program to build “joint regional security stacks.” The plan reportedly calls for consolidating responsibility for Army network security at 15 regional centers in the U.S. and overseas.

Richard Breakiron, a network manager in the Army CIO’s office, told Federal News Radio that the regional network security plan will allow the service to consolidate 400 “points of presence” into 11 regional centers in the U.S. and four more in Europe.

The regional security stacks are part of a larger Army network modernization effort that began with the purchase of multiprotocol label switching routers (MPLS) in 2012. That purchase was also funded through a congressional budget reprogramming, Federal News Service reported.

The Defense Information Systems Agency has been planning to implement MPLS technology across DOD as part of its Joint Information Environment secure networking framework.

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