CHIPS April – June 2012 | Vol. XXX Issue II
Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer
Mr. Terry A. Halvorsen The Department of the Navy is making Navigation
transformative changes in business information
Department of the Navy
Deputy Chief Information Officer (Navy) technology, including data center consolidation,
Vice Adm. Kendall L. Card
data standardization and reducing duplicative
Department of the Navy and underused applications. DON CIO Terry
Deputy Chief Information Officer (Marine Corps)
Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Nally Halvorsen said, “Beyond cutting costs, IT business
Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command
transformation presents a unique opportunity to 56
identify and implement more efficient, agile and
Commander Rear Adm. Patrick H. Brady
effective ways to purchase, operate and maintain in EvEry issuE 31 9
Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic 4 Editor’s Notebook
Commanding Officer Capt. Mark V. Glover business IT.”
5 A Message from the DON CIO
Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific 43 Hold Your Breaches!
Commanding Officer Capt. Joseph J. Beel
IntervIews 46 Full Spectrum
48 Going Mobile
Senior Editor/Layout and Design
6 Corporate Director for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/ 62 Enterprise Software Agreements 59 38
N6) Ms. Katherine E. Flattery discusses cutting-edge training
and educational opportunities available to the Navy ’s 45,000
Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer
members of the Information Dominance Corps. From tHE Don Cio
Sharon Anderson, Dan DelGrosso, Terry Halvorsen, 12 Program Manager for CANES (PEO C4I PMW 160) Capt. 9 SPAWAR: At the Tip of the Spear
for the Navy’s Data Center
21 IT Vendor Business Case Analyses
By Floyd Groce, Brian Fischbeck
50 Tips for Creating 508 Compliant
Mike Hernon, Thomas Kidd, Steve Muck D.J. LeGoff talks about the innovative design and acquistion and Behrad Mahdi By Sherrian Finneran
strategy for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise
Contributors By Tina C. Stillions
Lynda Pierce, DON Enterprise IT Communications Services program that will replace legacy networks with
34 Tools to Achieve the Best Value in 52 Department of the Navy Congratulates
Michele Buisch, DON Enterprise IT Communications 16 Air Force Warfighting Integration Commercial Software Acquisitions Award Winners
a single network to be installed on more than 180 ships, By Floyd Groce and John Zettler By the DON Enterprise IT Communications Team
submarines and maritime operations centers by 2020. Decision Support – Smart investing to
get the most bang for the acquisition
44 SSN Reduction Plan Phase 3
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a discussion about the Mobile User Objective System Satellite
constellation which uses smart-phone like technology to
provide voice, video and data communications to warfighters
on the move. The 3G mobile technology can penetrate dense
jungle foliage and performs well in urban canyons.
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Editor’s Notebook – A U.S. Sailor’s Life for Me
The Department of the Navy is moving smartly to consolidate
data centers and gain control of information technology assets Transforming Business IT for a money is spent with specific IT vendors, insight
and capabilities to capitalize on future IT investments and become into market and technology trends, and recom-
more cost efficient. The slate of articles and interviews in this issue More Effective Department mendations for managing vendor relationships.
illustrates just how quickly the department is replacing costly leg- This information aids the department in optimiz-
acy systems, improving cyber security and reducing the number Two years ago, Adm. Mike Mullen, former ing resources and negotiating favorable contract
of software applications it supports. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the terms. Additional changes include: no longer
The Navy is celebrating several anniversaries in 2012 that define national debt the greatest threat to national requiring use of commercial vendors for certain
its very essence and underscore the need for a strong Navy as a security. He also emphasized the importance cybersecurity workforce certifications when a
fearsome fighter from the sea with global reach. of good fiscal stewardship and the need for military option is available and optimizing mobile
In April, the Navy with its seafaring partners, the Marine Department of Defense leaders to work together to cut spend- plan use based on need.
Corps and Coast Guard, commence the commemoration of the ing, which had doubled from 2000 to 2010. The memo “Guidance for Cybersecurity Workforce Operat-
DON CIO Terry Halvorsen discussing information technology busi-
War of 1812, the first declared war in our nation’s history. Two- Since then, Department of the Navy leadership has come ing System/Computing Environment Certification Compliance
ness reform at the DON IT Conference in San Diego in January.
hundred years ago, the Royal Navy was the most powerful in the Photo courtesy of AFCEA International. together to scrutinize budgets and focus on maximizing the Process,” which was updated Feb. 9, 2012, was the result of effi-
world positioning its 1,000 ships in the Atlantic and fighting the return on investment for every dollar spent. While not easy, ciency reviews directed by the Under Secretary of the Navy and
Napoleonic Wars in France. With dominating force, the Royal Navy it is vital that the department transforms business operations the DON CIO. This memo is available at: www.doncio.navy.mil/
blockaded Europe and the American East Coast in the early 1810s for greater effectiveness and efficiencies. As the defense bud- PolicyView.aspx?ID=3743.
seizing American merchant vessels and forcing their crews into get has been significantly reduced and will likely stay flat for “Department of the Navy Policy on Mobile (Cellular) Services
Royal Navy service. It was intolerable to our fledgling nation that years to come, it is imperative that department personnel work Cost Management,” signed on March 13, 2012, provides interim
Britain would interfere with our freedom of the seas and impress together to find savings. By achieving savings through transfor- policy stating that all mobile devices that overuse or underuse
our citizens. Visit ourflagwasstillthere.org to read this fascinating mation of DON business IT systems and processes, the depart- minutes for three consecutive months will be reviewed with
history. For information about War of 1812 bicentennial events, ment can maximize funding for mission critical systems and the option to change to a more appropriate plan. This policy
visit facebook.com/Navy1812 and twitter.com/Navy1812. continue to ensure the nation’s security. is available at: www.doncio.navy.mil/PolicyView.aspx?ID=3813.
On March 5, 1942, the U.S. Navy Seabees (Construction Battal- Beyond cutting costs, IT business transformation presents a Efficiency and transformation efforts continue in other areas
ion) took form as an engineering unit whose purpose was to build unique opportunity to identify and implement more efficient, such as data center consolidation (DCC), application rational-
shore facilities in combat areas for the Navy and the Marine Corps. agile and effective ways to purchase, operate and maintain ization and data standardization. DCC has the potential to save
Years later the Bees are still busy all around the world. business IT. This is one of those moments in which department the department in excess of $1 billion by reducing the number
This year, Naval Special Warfare celebrates the 50th anniversary personnel have the opportunity to positively impact the long- of data centers, associated applications and operational costs.
of the first two Sea, Air and Land Teams. SEALs are conducting term future of the DON. While it may be a significant near-term In addition to saving money, consolidation of the more than
some of our nation’s most critical missions, proving they are as challenge, the DON will reap the benefits for years to come. 150 data centers in the department into fewer, more modern,
relevant today as they were when they were first created in 1962. Up to now, many decisions were made without full purview standardized and efficient enterprise data centers will enhance
The Office Of Naval Intelligence celebrates its 130th anniversary, of activities occurring across the department. This lack of enter- network security and reduce complexity. The article “SPAWAR:
and the Navy Information Warfare/Cryptology community cel- prise focus resulted in a proliferation of systems, applications At the Tip of the Spear for the Navy’s Data Center Consolida-
ebrates its 77th anniversary in 2012. The Navy Supply Corps cel- The commanding officers of Space and Naval Warfare Systems and data centers that meet individual requirements, but add tion Effort,” on page 9 provides details about the consolidation
ebrated its 217th anniversary Feb. 23, commemorating a history Centers Pacific and Atlantic, Capt. Joseph Beel and Capt. Mark network complexity and cost. To streamline operations and process.
Glover, respectively, in the SPAWAR exhibit at the West Confer-
that traces back to 1795. processes, greater transparency and collaboration at the enter- A natural partner of data center consolidation is application
ence. Below, Suzi Ellison (left), program manager for the DoD
These are just a small sampling of the memorable events in ESI Navy software product team at SPAWARSYSCEN Pacific, with
prise level are necessary. While challenging in an agency as rationalization — fewer applications require less storage and
naval history. President Teddy Roosevelt said, “The deeds of our team member Kim Boisvert. Bottom two photos by Rick Naystatt/ large and dispersed as the department, great strides are being reduce total cost of ownership. Many applications have been
Navy form a part of history over which any American can be par- SPAWAR HQ. made in collaborating to identify areas for improvement and customized to meet organizational needs, are duplicative or
doned for lingering.” savings, and in implementing changes. exist in multiple versions. Maintaining duplicative and under-
Today, the men and women of the Navy and Marine Corps con- An example is the Feb. 22, 2012, memo “Mandatory Use of utilized applications uses valuable resources. The DON must
tinue to engage in a history steeped in honor, courage and pro- Department of the Navy Enterprise Licensing Agreements” balance enterprise-wide requirements against the needs of
fessionalism, and thousands of youngsters continue to dream of signed by the DON CIO, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for individual commands.
a Sailor’s life for me. Research Development and Acquisition, and the Assistant Sec- Finally, data standardization is necessary to ensure accuracy
In January, CHIPS staff exhibited CHIPS with one of our spon- retary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller, and enhance usability of DON information. One of the major
sors, the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative Navy software product which mandates the use of enterprise licensing agreements. obstacles in DON business decision making is the siloed nature
team from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific in an exhibit hosted by Purchasing as an enterprise increases buying power and pro- of data. Standardization results in better business intelligence
SPAWAR HQ at the West Conference, held concurrently with the vides better visibility into IT spend. This memo is available at: and transparency and, therefore, strategic decisions based on
DON IT Conference, hosted by CHIPS’ other sponsor, the DON CIO, www.doncio.navy.mil/PolicyView.aspx?ID=3777. accurate data. It is also essential to auditability
in San Diego. Another example of collaboration is detailed in the article: These are just some ways we have begun to reduce costs and
“IT Vendor Business Case Analyses,” on page 21. Working with enhance operations, without impacting mission capabilities. If
Welcome new e-subscribers! stakeholders from across the DON, the Enterprise Software done correctly, in five years the department will look back at
Licensing Integrated Product Team developed business case this turning point and see that collaboration and realignment
Sharon Anderson analyses that provide enterprise-level visibility of how much led to some of the most strategic advancements.
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Q & A with Ms. Katherine E. Flattery
lished with their Surface Warfare Training
Corporate Director for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6)
Our goal is to promote mission whole-
Ms. Katherine Flattery has spent most of her career in the resource management field. She has served in a variety of Regarding graduate-level education,
positions within Naval Intelligence throughout her career and is currently a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior we have several new educational initia-
tives underway with the Naval Postgradu-
Executive Service (DISES). As of October 2010, Ms. Flattery serves in the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
ate School (NPS) and a pilot program with
for Information Dominance/Director of Naval Intelligence as the N2/N6 corporate director and manages and oversees all Carnegie Mellon University, and are in our
Information Dominance Corps manpower, personnel, training and education resources. second year of participating in the Cyber
Federal Executive Fellowship program.
Ms. Flattery provided a written response to questions in late March. We continue to research other educa-
tional institutions with particular focus
Q: What is the state of the Information Q: Has the vision for the IDC changed since ize the true capability of a system unless on cyber systems and operations, along
Dominance Corps (IDC) today? coming together in 2009? we invest in training and educating our with software computer science, network
force. operations and technology, and most
A: The IDC is fully engaged around the A: The vision has not changed. We are importantly, on identifying the optimal,
Information Dominance Warfare Specialty pins. U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols.
world as a warfighting asset in the Navy’s still focused on pioneering, fielding and Q: What are your current training and edu subsequent placement of those students
arsenal. Since [the former] Chief of Naval employing game-changing capabilities cation priorities and initiatives? to better support the Navy's mission.
Operations Adm. Gary Roughead estab to ensure information dominance over Command/10th Fleet, Navy Education from a technical and operational perspec-
lished the IDC in 2009, we’ve successfully adversaries and decision superiority for A: Our forthcoming IDC Human Capi and Training Command and the Center tive, [and] that promote an ID warfighting
come together to deliver dominant infor commanders, operational forces and the tal Strategy will outline the direction we "Our goal is to promote for Information Dominance. culture earlier in their careers.
mation capabilities as a crucial element of
U.S. Navy, joint and national warfighting.
nation. need to develop our total workforce to
mission wholeness Our next steps are to begin looking at
the enlisted cross-training requirements
We will need to partner with aca-
demia, industry, our sister services and
Our communities include intelligence,
METOC (meteorology and oceanogra
"The desired end state is for the IDC to deliver decision quality information solutions." for the IDC. For the courses we have
already established, officers (both active
other agencies to promote consistency
and potentially eliminate duplicative
and warfighting options to the commander and frontline warrior with assured
phy), information warfare, information and Reserve component), senior enlisted efforts (given considerable resourcing
professional, and the space cadre, and we
C2 (command and control), exquisite knowledge of the battlespace, precise We have also undertaken a major and civilians attend. constraints) and remain vigilant to ensure
now have roughly 45,000 people — mili targeting, freedom of maneuver and action in and through cyberspace and the assessment of the curricula at NPS; spe- These opportunities and others enable efficacy and efficiency of our efforts.
tary (officer and enlisted) and civilian — electromagnetic spectrum and power projection through the network." cifically, we are assessing those curricula our workforce to experience the warfare
working hard to achieve our goals. relevant to the information dominance aspects of information dominance and Q: What are your challenges?
The IDC can now more effectively and related areas of study. We want to ensure promote cross community understand-
collaboratively lead and manage a spe Q: What is the desired end state for the include active duty, Reserve and civilians. curriculum relevance and a logical blend ing of what they provide to the Navy's A: Our challenges include:
cialized collective of officers, enlisted and corps? To that end, we have already undertaken of technical and operational knowledge warfighting capability. ✓Balancing community specialization
civilian professionals who possess exten several initiatives we believe are critical to for our warfighters. NPS and N2/N6 have [For the] IDC Acquisition Professional versus ID core specialization, in other
sive skills in information-intensive fields. A: The desired end state is for the IDC to our success. We are developing a process established a new Cyber Systems and Career Track, we are developing an IDC words — what makes sense?
deliver decision quality information and to identify, vet and validate cross commu- Operations degree program. This is an acquisition workforce strategy by review- ✓Emerging cyber threat — what does
Q: What is your role within the IDC warfighting options to the commander nity skillset gaps, especially critical in this 18-month program focusing on critical ing IDC acquisition billets and manning that mean for our workforce? Is commer-
leadership? and front-line warrior with assured C2 fiscally constrained environment. This elements in our warfighting domain. to identify requirements and developing cial certification the right answer or is on-
(command and control), exquisite knowl- is not only internal to our specific Navy Our team is also heavily involved in the processes to manage, track and mentor the-job training more valuable? What is
A. I report to Vice Adm. Kendall Card, edge of the battlespace, precise target- requirements but also in support of our review, coordination and transition of acquisition professionals within the IDC. the right mix of technical skills versus lib-
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for ing, freedom of maneuver and action in Title 10 responsibilities to train the joint training in support of fielding new capa- OPNAV N2/N6 is working to ensure the eral arts or political science skills?
Information Dominance (N2/N6) as the and through cyberspace and the electro- community to include the intelligence bilities. Ensuring that timely and relevant following: The Acquisition Professional ✓Understanding civilians’ role in sup-
corporate director for the IDC. magnetic spectrum and power projec- community (IC). training solutions are being delivered to track is sustainable, requirements driven, porting our missions — do we hire with
My goal as the corporate director for tion through the network. Our role in USDI's (Under Secretary our schoolhouses is of the utmost impor- aligned with Navy acquisition policy and skills — or train and develop from within
this corps of professionals is to ensure of Defense for Intelligence) Intelligence tance to leadership. delivers to the Navy the double benefit of once they are onboard?
that our workforce has the right blend Q: How will training and education assist Training and Education Executive Boards, Specifically relevant to Navy infor- an information dominance warrior ready ✓Operating in a fiscally constrained
of formal education, training, certifica (aid) in realizing the vision? and the other Combat Support Agency's mation dominance, we have morphed to meet the DoD and Navy’s acquisition environment and ensuring that training
tion and professional experience across a functional management training councils two legacy courses into the Information needs. and education remain a major priority.
career continuum. A: While we are delivering technical capa- (as per USDI's 3305 Instructions), is key to Dominance Senior Leadership Sympo- ✓We have to accomplish much in the
Also, along with other IDC leaders, I bilities to the fleet, we also need to ensure ensuring a unity of effort within DoD and sium (IDSLS) run by retired Rear Adm. Q: What are your long-term initiatives? short term for the long term-gain. How
am charged with promoting the devel that the Sailors we are training (and edu- the IC. Andy Singer. Our IDC Mid-Career Officers do we develop programs as we go for-
opment of an IDC culture emphasizing cating) have the knowledge, skills and In conjunction with our DoD and IC Course, run by the Navy Marine Corps A: I want to identify ways to further the ward to ensure our information domi-
operational context and warrior ethos abilities to effectively operate and main- partners we will address individual skills Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, information dominance warriors into a nance warriors are second to none?
while supporting the specialized require tain the equipment. training, education, and Navy training Va., has been running for about a year. warfighting force whose value is intrinsi-
ments for information, intelligence, coun Beyond just the ‘buttonology,’ they systems plans solutions, as well as fund- We are validating data in support of cally understood and demanded by the Q: Can you talk about the IDC Human
terintelligence, human-derived informa have to be able to employ critical thinking ing prioritization. developing competency-based curricu- Navy. Capital Strategy? Does it include the same
tion, networks, space and oceanographic skills and fundamental knowledge, i.e., to This process is analogous to what the lum for entry level officers with our part- I want holistic training and education standards of competency and performance
disciplines. think on their feet. We will never fully real- surface warfare community has estab- ners at Navy Cyber Forces, Fleet Cyber continuums, which are effective both mapped to jobs and grade levels for civil
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ian personnel and ranks and ratings for SPAWAR: At the Tip of the Spear for the Navy’s Data Center
military personnel? There was some discus
sion on this in the beginning of developing
these skills across the workforce, and also to
ensure that military and civilian personnel Transforming Department of the Navy business information technology
in the same jobs had the same standards of
competency. By Tina Stillions, SPAWAR Headquarters Public Affairs
A: The IDC Human Capital Strategy
(HCS) is aligned to and consistent with Enterprise information technology and systems command, SPAWAR is leveraging significant cost savings across the five-
the umbrella Navy Strategy for Achiev its supporting components can eat up its breadth and depth of technical exper- year defense plan.
ing Information Dominance (2012–2016), a significant chunk of an organization’s tise and incorporating best practices and “The Navy’s effort will be a significant
which emphasizes the elevation of budget, with much of it allocated to the lessons learned from previous data cen- contribution to the federal data cen-
information as the centerpiece of Navy infrastructure and personnel needed to ter consolidations. SPAWAR established ter consolidation mandates,” Wolbor-
warfighting. sustain it. In this respect, the Department a Data Center Consolidation (DCC) Task sky said. “In addition to maximizing the
The HCS provides the strategic direc of Defense (DoD) is no different than Force, which consists of team members Navy’s return on investment, one of our
tion and priorities needed to build a cross- many large corporations because IT is a from across the Navy, including SPAWAR principal objectives is to consolidate at
trained, competent and mission-ready significant investment across the entire headquarters, SPAWAR Systems Centers least 58 Navy data centers into the Navy
workforce optimized to deliver informa Department of Navy (DON). Pacific and Atlantic, and the Program Enterprise Data Center over the next five
tion-based capabilities and warfighting In recent years, as budgets rose, the Executive Office for Enterprise Informa- years.”
PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 13, 2012) Cryptologic Technician Networking 1st Class Jessica Gaukel, a
effects to the fleet. This HCS identifies Navy and other government organiza- tion Systems.
Joint Cyber Analysis Course (JCAC) course manager and lead instructor at the Center for Information
four strategic goals, each supported by Dominance, Unit Corry Station, answers questions during a JCAC class. U.S. Navy photo by Gary tions experienced a substantial growth The purpose of this effort is to provide Background
a set of measurable objectives, that will Nichols. in IT networks, systems and applications. more robust and secure Navy data cen- Prior to the Pentagon's current fis-
drive strategy implementation: (1) fusion, To attack these rising costs, the President ter operations, while realizing savings by cal drawdown, the Navy realized that
integration and effectiveness; (2) compe signed a directive that started the Fed- aggressively pursuing data center con- decreasing budgets and diminishing
tencies, training and education; (3) total eral Data Center Consolidation Initiative solidations, application virtualization and resources could dramatically affect cur-
force management; and (4) IDC culture. (FDCCI) in February 2010, with the intent server reductions. rent missions. A vital need to more effi-
A: The Information Dominance Corps is must provide sufficient experience to the of addressing harsh fiscal realities while The DCC Task Force works in lock-step ciently refocus and transform the Navy’s
"Our corps has some of the best and working to develop acquisition exper workforce. These officers must be com positioning government IT for the future. with resource sponsors, the DON CIO and business model, without sacrificing oper-
brightest people the Navy has to tise within its officer communities. The petitive for promotion and assignment to Specifically, the FDCCI requires agen- SPAWAR’s chief engineer — the Navy’s ational readiness, was evident.
offer and we want to do all we can emergence of the IDC presented an acquisition leadership positions. cies to reduce their data center foot- IT technical authority — to ensure align- Information technology, as a critical
opportunity for the Navy to more fully Detailing into key acquisition billets print by minimizing overhead costs and ment with DoD and Navy IT operational asset, is a significant investment across
to give them the tools to succeed,
align responsibility for weapon and C4I within major information dominance pro increasing the security and stability of requirements. the Navy. The spiraling cost of IT is a con-
whether that is additional training systems development, as well as improve grams will enable the IDC to effectively their data centers which when combined Robert Wolborsky, a member of the tributing factor associated with how effi-
and education, or a broad base of accountability for the acquisition of infor develop and implement information improve the overall efficiency of the fed- Senior Executive Service and SPAWAR’s ciently the Navy conducts business. The
experience." mation dominance systems and services dominance capabilities. Success will be eral IT infrastructure. Under the provi- chief technology officer, was selected as Navy has always prioritized other invest-
with the appropriate future IDC leaders. evidenced by accelerated acquisition life sions of FDCCI, the DoD is required to director of the DCC Task Force. Wolborsky ment portfolios, such as procurements
The IDC has developed an informa This broadened horizon for the IDC cycles, more efficient procurement, and close more than 1,000 data centers by the and his team are charged with aggres- for ships, submarines and aircraft, but the
tion dominance competency framework requires a transformational cadre of improved installation and sustainment end of 2015 to help meet the goals. sively pursuing a high return on invest- Navy needed to re-evaluate how day-to-
describing the required core and enter highly qualified IDC officers with sig management of all future information To align with the federal mandates, ment (ROI) for the Navy with respect to day business operations are conducted.
prise management level competencies nificant operational experience, astute dominance systems and services. the DON Chief Information Officer (CIO), data center consolidation, and to realize In particular, the Navy needed to assess
for the IDC Total Force. technical expertise and practical systems the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
The IDC has also conducted separate engineering acquisition skills. IDC officers Q: What would you like the members of IDC for Information Dominance (N2/N6) and
competency development initiatives are uniquely qualified to effectively man to know about you and your team’s efforts? the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for “The Navy’s effort will be a significant
(e.g., Human Performance Requirements age the Navy's information dominance Research, Development and Acquisi- contribution to the federal data center
Review) for sub-populations within the capability development and acquisition A: We are committed to building, main tion drafted policy initiatives to increase consolidation mandates. In addition to
corps. There is now a requirement to align process in this fiscally constrained envi taining and retaining an IDC team that business IT efficiency without sacrificing
maximizing the Navy’s return on investment,
these efforts and apply them uniformly ronment to effectively close warfight delivers all the capabilities the Navy and operational effectiveness for the Navy.
across the IDC. Once accomplished, these ing gaps and leverage technological the nation need to win the battle today To meet a challenge of this magni- one of our principal objectives is to
competencies must be aligned to the advances and enterprise IT investments. — and to be prepared to win the battle tude, the Navy recognized the need for consolidate at least 58 Navy data centers
Navy Education and Training Command The IDC acquisition workforce strategy tomorrow. a technical authority and world-class into the Navy Enterprise Data Center
business process to inform training and seeks to produce and maintain acquisi Our corps has some of the best and expert capable of executing th Navywide
(NEDC) over the next five years.”
development requirements. tion expertise and create a sustainable brightest people the Navy has to offer data center consolidation effort. With
capability to proficiently lead develop and we want to do all we can to give them those requirements in mind, the Space Department of the Navy
Q: I think some people would be surprised to ment of the Navy's information domi the tools to succeed, whether that is addi and Naval Warfare Systems Command Director Data Center Consolidation Task Force
see that you are developing an IDC acquisi nance systems and services. In the near tional training and education, or a broad (SPAWAR) was selected to lead the Navy’s Robert Wolborsky
tion workforce strategy. Why is this impor term, the IDC will focus on building the base of experience. Our diverse team of effort as the technical authority and exe-
tant — it doesn't sound like a cyber work requisite credentials to fill the critical IDC professionals is indeed our strength — cution agent.
force job. acquisition billets. The IDC billet base and our greatest asset. As the Navy’s information dominance
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the way IT infrastructure was managed operational model, operational perfor- finalized test plans for systems to ensure draw from their lessons learned and best Wolborsky simplifies all of those words a world class IT workforce — to carry this
and how the number of data centers and mance will increase and environmental all capability is fully functional within practices.” into a single descriptive term: “applica- out to completion.”
hosting facilities aligned with the over- resources will be conserved. the NEDC pre-production environment tion rationalization.” This is an extremely challenging and
arching vision of more efficient and effec- In addition to cost savings and bet- framework prior to formal transfer from Cost and Application To make any kind of fiscal determina- pivotal time for the SPAWAR enterprise.
tive Navy business IT investment. ter performance, the NEDC will provide the legacy data center. Rationalization Drive the Effort tion, however, the Navy must understand It is the first of a major series of business
a common set of services and common how much it currently spends on the back- transformations the Navy is undertaking.
Navy Enterprise Data Centers infrastructure, thus decreasing facility Assessment and Execution The Navy has a significant number of end for IT infrastructure. Though Wolbor- With strong leadership and IT expertise,
As the DCC Task Force carries out the maintenance costs while increasing econ- Based on an initial analysis of data cen- legacy networks and circuits deployed sky says it is a significant challenge to the DCC Task Force is exercising rigorous
mission to consolidate data centers, omies of scale. ters that pose the least technical risk for for fleet service. The technical rigor being accurately capture those figures, it is still planning and execution to realize the ROI
it is necessary to identify strategically A common rate card for hosted service consolidation, OPNAV N2/N6 developed incorporated into the vetting process part of the assessment process. Once the needed to allow the Navy to focus pre-
located sites that can accommodate the enables all customers to have a clear and a list of sites to close. The task force con- is the critical component determining analysis is complete, the team can better cious dollars on critical needs to support
transitioning applications from a power, consistent picture of the services offered ducted detailed on-site assessments of 39 which data centers to close and what ascertain the actual cost savings. As Wol- warfighter readiness.
networking and computing perspective. and their associated costs. Customers data centers to gain a better understand- additional savings and resources could borsky and the task force move forward, “I’ll echo what the Navy’s Deputy Under
These sites provide a “landing” for appli- will sign service-level agreements with ing of their capabilities and challenges. be recouped. It is a process that will they will invariably discover additional Secretary Eric Fanning has said, ‘Data cen-
cations and systems that are being con- a NEDC based on these standard rates, During those assessments, the team col- change the Navy’s application landscape savings and assets which could have the ter consolidation is essential if the Navy is
solidated from legacy data centers. Three enabling Navy commands better fore- lected technical requirements and cost across the board and support the busi- potential to change the business process. to successfully meet its business transfor-
initial locations have been identified for casting and budgeting information. data in preparation for system transitions. ness transformation initiatives expected The issues are not just technical ones, mational goals in the future,’” Wolborsky
the Navy’s Enterprise Data Center (NEDC): The vision for the NEDC is that it will After conducting detailed engineering to come out of the data center consolida- according to Wolborsky. said. “This is one of the first, concrete,
San Diego, Charleston and New Orleans. posture the Navy for future IT transfor- analyses, the team prepares each site for tion effort. Fewer applications and wider “Technically, this initiative is fairly tangible efficiency initiatives, and sets a
As the Navy moves forward with data mations, such as server virtualization system build out, systems migration and functionality, with less overlap with exist- straightforward,” he said. “Much more precedent for everything that needs to
center consolidation, an ongoing assess- and migration to cloud computing. It is testing prior to final transition to NEDC. ing applications, will increase the amount profound are the changes associated with be done to make the Navy more efficient.
ment of other hosting options will be also anticipated that the Navy’s ability to Though the process may be technically of money the Navy can save and drive the culture, policy and advocacy. We have tre- “It’s very exciting that here in San Diego
considered, including commercial enter- maximize the utilization of data will pro- challenging and represent a cultural shift, changes in business IT. mendous support from Navy leadership we are leading a very important effort for
prises, joint programs under the Defense vide richer information capability to the the return on investment for the Navy Wolborksy’s cost model will help the to get this done. However, this is a major the entire Navy. It’s extremely rewarding
Information Systems Agency (DISA) and warfighter. makes the process worthwhile. Navy better understand how much it is change in the way data centers are doing to watch us grow the IT workforce into a
expansion of the NEDC to additional Wolborsky explained that the entire According to Wolborsky, industry is spending and how much it will save. business and it will require a huge cultural formidable force to be reckoned with.”
locations. Navy is affected by the federal mandate ahead of the Navy in data center con- “We have a good idea of how much we shift as well.”
By migrating applications from smaller to reduce budgets and everyone in the solidation best practices. Many large will spend for the transition, but there is SPAWAR has been in the business of SPAWAR: www.spawar.navy.mil.
legacy data centers to an enterprise data Navy is expected to benefit from a suc- corporations have gone through similar another factor associated with it that we data consolidations for years. While there
center under a common centralized man- cessful execution of this transition. consolidations. call additional opportunities,” Wolborsky are challenges inherent to each applica-
agement model, the Navy will increase Under Wolborsky’s leadership, the “We want to learn as much as we pos- said. “As we make progress, we are find- tion and each system, it is difficult to find From the DON CIO: To date, the U.S. Navy has closed 13
operational performance while saving team has identified standard configura- sibly can from industry — the most effec- ing more assets and more ways for the one that is completely insurmountable. data centers and plans to close approximately 23 more
resources. The NEDC will position the tions and developed network tools that tive things done and their lessons learned Navy to save money, such as working Wolborsky’s SPAWAR team is up to the during the next fiscal year. Additionally, during the
Navy for future IT transformation, while can track bandwidth usage to capture to increase capability, security and reduce with all the other organizations that own challenge. past five years, SPAWAR has transitioned a number of
enhancing the ability to maximize the use metrics from the many legacy networks. overall cost,” Wolborsksy said. applications with the Navy and looking at “One of the most important facets of applications out of existing data centers and into SPAWAR
of all Navy data to provide richer informa- The tools will help the team identify “We expect a lot of what we do in the how we can change business processes this effort is SPAWAR’s ability to step up hosting facilities. This has resulted in significant savings
tion to the warfighter. In the meantime, underutilized networks so that the Navy future will be based on what industry and adapt applications, so that we have and assume IT tech authority for the Navy. for affected commands. Commander of the Navy Reserve
as migration of applications continues to can eliminate these expensive systems. tells us. They have already consolidated fewer specialized applications and more We are the Navy’s information dominance Force, reports more than $31 million of life cycle savings
progress from smaller legacy data centers Seven data center consolidations are in many of their data centers and have real- generic and multipurpose functionality systems command after all,” Wolborsky and $6 million that would have been spent on contractor
to the NEDC under a common centralized progress as of March 2012. The team has ized tremendous savings. The Navy can across the DON.” said. “As such we have the capability — services and license fees. – www.doncio.navy.mil
The DCC Task Force will assess and
consolidate at least 58 data centers over
the next few years to:
✓Realize significant cost efficiencies
by reducing hardware and application
✓Improve information assurance and
Space and Naval Systems Center Pacific cyber security;
in San Diego provides a centrally managed
✓Improve service to users via
and secure hosting environment for Navy
customers. Team members who built, maintain implementing continuity of operations and
and continuously enhance the Navy Enterprise disaster recovery procedures; and
Data Center, from left, Paul Lichenstein, Al ✓Gain control and understanding of Navy
Cassedy, Paul Plummer, Bobby Nutting and IT assets and capabilities to position the
Thai Ly. Photos by Rick Naystatt/SPAWAR Navy to capitalize on future technologies
audio visual production specialist. and cloud-like services.
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Q & A with Capt. D.J. LeGoff, PEO C4I, Tactical Networks Program Manager CANES consolidates five legacy networks,
including the Integrated Shipboard
(PMW 160) and program manager for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Network System (ISNS), Sensitive
Enterprise Services program design and acquisition CENTRIXS-M
CANES Compartmented Information (SCI) network,
Combined Enterprise Regional Information
The Navy’s CANES program encompasses the consolidation and enhancement of five existing leg VIXS Exchange System - Maritime (CENTRIXS-M),
acy network programs and implements a single support framework for about 40 command, control,
communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) applications that require dedicated infrastructure
*ADNS Video Information Exchange System (VIXS)
and SubLAN, into a single integrated
to operate. CANES utilizes an innovative business model that includes continuous, robust competi *Automated Digital Network System is the bandwidth optimization framework that will improve network
program of record for the Navy. security and drive operating costs down.
tion, open architecture, government owned data rights and obsolescence and technology refresh
that when combined, will increase the operational agility of the warfighter, as well as decrease total
ownership costs for the Navy. authorizes an application to go on a ship, A: Yes. We absolutely are. There are a lot Q: And that’s going to be competed?
then that application then enters our of places where we are similar and we’re
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command announced Feb. 1 that Northrop Grumman won
Capt. D.J. LeGoff integration process so that’s kind of the sharing as much as we can there. But A: Absolutely. I own all the data rights, I
the CANES design competition. The next step is the completion of an operational assessment in check in the box. Unless they’re autho there are a lot of things that drive us to own all the designs — and it will be open
SPAWAR’s enterprise, engineering and certification laboratory in support of a Milestone C decision forecasted before the end of the fiscal rized by Fleet Forces, they [applications] different solutions because of the envi to everyone for full competition.
year. The Milestone C decision authorizes the program’s entry into limited deployment. Ultimately, the network will be deployed to more don’t even go into our integration pro ronments that we respectively go to.
cess. They don’t get on the ship. Capt. Shawn Hendricks (Naval Enter Q: And the RFP on that comes out?
than 180 ships, submarines and maritime operations centers by 2020.
prise Networks program manager) and I
CHIPS asked LeGoff, CANES program manager, to explain the CANES unique acquisition strategy and its fleet implementation in a series Q: Why is it so important to reduce the num have a routine dialogue on how we can A: The fourth quarter of FY 2012 with an
of discussions that concluded in March. ber of applications? compare and contrast things. The timing award in the third quarter of FY 2013.
makes things a little bit difficult. One of us
Q: Can you discuss the CANES strategy? the certification training that an ashore IT A: The hard part is getting the applica is entering source selection (NGEN); one Q: So if I’m a vendor I might say, 'Gee, I went
professional would get. But we know that Why CANES? tions to work together. We would like to of us is coming out (CANES). However, through all this effort, and you’re only going
A: We are using commercial off-the-shelf you can’t put 20 years of experience into • Existing legacy networks
get down to 100. All the applications that we are trying to line up things as much as to give me two years worth of business?'
technology, government ownership of a six-month school. So we send the guys are unaffordable and
we have on ships are in various stages of possible.
data rights, open architectures and con out with training, but we have a very sig operationally ineffective;
sustainment and development with mul A: This was the strategy that was pub
stant competition to keep costs down. It nificant trouble desk and trouble ticket • Aligns multiple similar
tiple vendors. No two ships are the same. Q: I wonder if you could run through the lished from the very beginning. Now,
helps us get out of the sole source nego system at sea so if there’s an issue, we programs, capabilities,
Information assurance is patched in. With next competition and what that’s for and on the other hand, if your team has the
tiations and price creep issues that some work with them. resources and requirements
CANES, IA will be ingrained. Every appli then the RFP date, award date. winning design, you’ve got to think that
times plague programs. into a single program;
cation will be tested, certified, accredited you potentially have a leg up on the
We have never had that issue on our Q: Have you tried to reduce the equipment • Consolidates and focuses
and supported with an ATO (authority to A: The key part to remember here is next one as well. That would be a logical
legacy networks, they have always been footprint or reuse equipment with CANES?
operate). We will have version control; we’re not down-selecting to a vendor. explanation.
government owned. In fact, until now, engineering, logistics
we’ll avoid duplication. I’m down-selecting a design [Northrop But there’s no guarantee, that’s why it’s
networks have always been government A: What we specified in our contract is a and security efforts;
Grumman’s design was selected Feb. all competition. I’m trying to get the best
designed and mostly government built. couple things. We mandated as much as • Reduces installations
Q: You said as part of the rationalization 1]. That is a fundamental, foundational price for the government. The best way
But they were all GOTS — based on gov is physically possible that the racks that and sustainment costs
process that an application has to have a piece of the program. Now, as soon as to do that is to be constantly competing.
ernment designs. This is really the first house the system go where the racks for across networks;
resource sponsor, it has to be accredited and we down-select, two things happen in You asked me for dollar figures earlier.
time we’re going to industry and saying, the legacy system was, we don’t want to • Adds efficiency value to
have a logistics tail for installation on CANES. parallel. One, we’re going to immediately The limited deployment contract ceiling
‘We want to hear what you guys have … do more foundation work or redo work if manpower challenges;
put on contract production units. So the is $690 million. That’s the government
and best practices that you’ve learned we don’t need to. • Reduces overarching
A: Correct. That’s one of the things that vendor whose design wins is going to get cost estimates figure.
from integrating with major corporations, We also mandated that if it was in network maintenance; and
we look at as we go through the testing the first two years of production because
and we want to take advantage of all that.’ usable shape, we would reuse as much • Directly addresses critical
process. So what we don’t want to do is I don’t want to lose any time in modern Q: How many ships does that cover?
as possible of the fiber optic cable plants information assurance/
put an application, or any kind of system, izing the platforms.
Q: Can you talk about sustainment once the that already exist on platforms. Now, we computer network defense
on a ship that has no owner because that In parallel, since I mentioned that A: It is a notional schedule, and sched
network is built? have networks out there that are over 10 requirements by providing
means then all its care and feeding falls everything that comes out of this design ules change because of availabilities and
to 15 years old. The odds of being able more secure and reliable
on the back of the Sailors. We want to effort is government owned, I take that deployments, but at the time of the con
A: What we do at sea is fundamentally to reuse a lot of that cable are probably afloat network architecture.
make sure that when something goes to design package and it will become GFI, tract, the notional schedule was 54.
different from how you maintain and minimal. So we’ll replace it. sea, it has a support infrastructure behind government furnished information, that
operate a network ashore. All of our sys However, we also have our legacy it just like we talked about the support informs the RFP (Request for Proposal) for Q: And you can do the build in two years?
tems, including our IT systems, are main systems in a form that’s fairly new that infrastructure for the network. That has our next production contract.
tained by our Sailors. The average age of we’re still fielding today. So when I go of fleet applications, estimated at 800, and to be there for everything else that goes So the limited deployment contract A: Yes. We have more than that num
a Sailor today is about 20 to 21 years old. and replace one of those, I fully expect to said your office isn’t in charge of what goes on the ship as well. that we’ll execute as a result of this down- ber of ships going through availabilities
The junior ITs (information systems tech reuse the bulk of those cable plants. It’s a on the ships — it is up to Fleet Forces Com select will be in production for [fiscal every year. Just remember we built this
nicians) are probably younger than that, hull by hull analysis. mand. But are you leading the effort? Q: You spoke a little bit about this; I asked years] ‘12 and ‘13. I fully intend our full program after 10 years of history build
they’re somewhere between 18 to 19. you if you were interacting with the Next deployment contract to pick up at the ing networks on ships. In the heyday of
And so we teach them as much as we can Q: You talked earlier about rationalizing the A: We are their technical arm. We exe Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) pro beginning of ‘14 and take me out four the legacy system back in 2000, 2001, we
in schoolhouses where we give them all software applications to reduce the number cute their policies. So when Fleet Forces gram office. Are you sharing ideas? years after that. were doing 35 to 45 ships a year. So we
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manager Capt. D.J. CANES Delivers Q: You mentioned mission critical. Is CANES I don’t think that we’re ready yet to con- Q: Is there any exercise that you will be
going to run the ventilation system in the verge the two into a single one. participating in once you have a sufficient
LeGoff briefing the ship or other life support systems? Could it number of ships that have CANES loaded to
CANES program in
✔ Performance, availability
and service level managment;
combine with other shipboard systems? Or Q: On the LPDs (amphibious transport dock test it out in the fleet?
the SPAWAR exhibit at is it just specifically for warfighting systems? ship) and the flatbacks, does the CANES
the West Confence in
✔ Fault, problem, incident and
service desk management;
upgrade include the Marines’ spaces? A: Not scheduled around the deploy-
January 2012. West is A: Currently in the installation of this ment of CANES. So there will be ships with
co-sponsored by AFCEA ✔ Configuration, change
and release management;
design we’re not doing the mechanical A: Yes. CANES in fleet exercises because that’s
International and the [hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E)] how they’re going to deploy. However,
U.S. Naval Institute.
✔ Security, information
assurance and computer
engineering type of functionalities. Q: Marines on amphibs always feel they’re my first test is going to be in-lab tests
Photo by Rick Naystatt/ getting the short end of the network stick. with COMOPTEVFOR (Commander, Oper-
SPAWAR audio visual network defense; and
✔ Capacity management.
Q: Did you think you might take on those ational Test and Evaluation Force). So the
production specialist. other things? I mean, if CANES proves to be A: It’s an ongoing discussion. I try to stay operational test community is going to
a good business case and design? out of the middle because that’s an oper- do an operational assessment (OA) of the
ational requirement issue. I do what the network in the lab. We’re getting our lab
✔ Network support;
A: Right, so there is a lot of dialogue requirements folks tell me the need is. certified by a representative.
✔ Information management;
around that. I can’t predict right now Fleet Forces works it out with the ACMC We’re going to load the system and
✔ Core infrastructure services;
know that we have the industrial capacity given by the Navy leadership at the high where that dialogue is going to go (Assistant Commandant of the Marine OPTEVFOR is going to do an evaluation of
✔ Network access(IPv4/
to do that. est levels. The faster we get the new infra because the functional owners of that Corps) in terms of what the allocations are how well it performs. And that’s a gated
IPv6) capabable; and
structure out there, the faster we have capability are in NAVSEA (Naval Sea Sys- between blue and green. function going into my Milestone C.
✔ Information delivery.
Q: What yards are you going to use? to stop supporting the legacy and stop tems Command) and not SPAWAR. There So the message that came out was not Once we pass the OA, then we do our first
spending all that money, right? So first are some that advocate consolidating written by CANES, it was written by the installations. Once we complete our ini-
A. I’m going to use AITs (alteration instal and foremost, don’t stop; go as fast as
into a common design. fleet and it mentioned the Marines, here’s tial installations aboard a fleet destroyer,
✔ IP telephony;
lation teams); I’m not using the yards. you can. While you do that, try to priori There are some that advocate going how things are. Now, that’s just from a we’ll go into a formal at-sea operational
✔ Mobile and stationary; and
We’re contracting installation services off tize the older networks first. further than that and consolidating to a critical perspective. The Marines also evaluation.
✔ Secure and unsecure.
SPAWAR’s contracts. SPAWAR has a mul So I mentioned we have networks that common single network. I’m personally come on board with their own software,
tiple award contract to do installation of have been on board ships for almost 15 of the belief that we may in the near term so we provide hotel services for that infra- Go to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
C4I gear. And we’ll go to whatever yard years. We still have ATM networks on Video Services
get to a common design so that an HM&E structure in both our legacy network and Command website for more information at
the platform happens to be for its avail ships, Asynchronous Transfer Mode on ✔ Video teleconferencing; and
network looks just like a C4 network, but our new network. www.spawar.navy.mil.
ability. And that’s a typical strategy that ships. Almost impossible to support at
✔ Video graphics distribution.
we use in the C4I world. this point, can’t get parts for them, train
When a ship goes into an extended ing is difficult, they’re hard to use and
availability, however many months it hap they’re old. So while I’m going as fast as I cial offerings. We don’t ask them to do
pens to be, at one of the public yards, can, I’m going to keep an eye out. If I have anything special for us. However, we do
we contract these alteration installation more availabilities than I have ships and integrate into racks, where the rack really
teams to install our stuff. I have to choose between platforms, I’m takes up the bulk of the environmental
going to choose the ones that have the protection. So we have to follow what we
Q: Do you already have your schedule for oldest network first. call 501D specification, which is grade A
deployment? It’s not a single legacy baseline that shock requirements for the system.
we’re replacing. I’m replacing 20 odd We [CANES] are a mission critical system
A: We have a schedule for deployment baselines that have grown over the years. because we have mission critical applica
that identifies hull number and instal The latest ones that we’re fielding now, tions that rely on us. So that means that
lation windows that change very fre we actually took a lot of the technology the system has to be able to take a hit
quently based on the ship’s schedule so that we thought was going to come into and continue operating through damage.
if ships get surged or their deployment CANES and we backed it into our legacy That includes shock and vibration, high
goes later, or they get sent to do some design. So the ones that we’re installing temperature, high humidity; all of those
thing that was unexpected, that perturbs over the recent past are fairly modern things are environmentally tested before
the rest of the schedule. But we use it networks and are in good shape. It’s the we field.
for planning purposes, and we update it baselines that are 10, 15 years old that I’m So that was part of our design crite
every quarter. really anxious to get out of operation. ria we gave to the vendors. They had to
prove to us that their system would sur
Q: Which ships have priority? Q: You said you are using COTS equipment, vive those environmental conditions and
but there is vibration on ships and other show us the test results.
A: I have multiple sets of priorities given environmental factors. Is there a rugged Interesting question, again, why are ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 21, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69),
to me by different leaders. spec for CANES? we different from shore? We reject more and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participate in an replenishment at sea with the Military
products because of environmental Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6). Enterprise, Vicksburg, Porter, and Supply are deployed as part of
Q: How do you rationalize your priorities? A: We do have a fairly high specification shortfalls than we do because of perfor the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th
A: Well, first and foremost, go as fast as for the commercial gear; it’s within indus mance. The environment drives different Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel J. Meshel.
you can. That is the direction I’ve been try’s capability and within their commer- material conditions.
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Air Force Warfighting Integration Decision Support
Figure 2 depicts the enhanced first-order
and second-order programmatic and
Smart investing to get the most bang from the acquisition buck operational relationships among program
elements that our WFI analysis produced.
By Air Force Lt. Col. Jordon Cochran This mapping effort provides visibility of
how programs and capabilities are linked,
Given today’s fiscal realities and emerg- used to ensure everyone involved in plan- Air Force Service Core Functions
ing threats, the need for warfighting ning and programming has a shared and particularly across functional lines. In this
• Nuclear Deterrent Operations
integration (WFI) has never been greater. sustained view of real relationships and example, there are three core functions
• Air Superiority
What is WFI, and why is it so important for dependencies. This is what the WFI DST is • Space Superiority spanned: Command and Control (C2),
you to understand it? In this context, WFI attempting to address, and the project is • Cyberspace Superiority Nuclear Deterrent Operations (NDO)
is the ability to maximize interoperability off to a very promising start. • Global Precision Attack and Cyberspace Superiority. Key DST
and effectiveness of warfighting systems The tool harvests available authorita- • Rapid Global Mobility functionality includes this ability to easily
to produce synergistic capabilities for tive data, such as that found in the Air • Special Operations
joint warfighters by effectively inform- Force Automated Budget Interactive Data discern programmatic versus operational
• Global Integrated Intelligence,
ing and influencing corporate planning, Environment System (ABIDES), program relationships between programs, to
Surveillance and Reconnaissance
requirements, programming and acquisi- element monitor (PEM) data briefings, • Command and Control hyperlink directly to related authoritative
tion processes. major command (MAJCOM) architecture • Personnel Recovery data, and to quickly scale a view across
Effective warfighting integration accel- artifacts, and subject matter experts’ • Building Partnerships multiple degrees of separation (which
erates the observe, orient, decide and act knowledge, and fuses it together to • Agile Combat Support translates to first-, second- or third-order
(OODA) loop process and provides the provide increased programmatic situ-
joint force commander with information ational awareness, particularly with inter- relationships).
superiority that yields decision superi- program touch points. Figures 1 and 2 Air Force Capability Portfolios
ority, which ultimately translates into illustrate the power of the tool. • Net-Centric
domain superiority and more effective • Command and Control
use of scarce warfighting resources. Evidence over Eloquence • Battlespace Awareness As the Decision Support Tool matures, the knowledge base gets richer and richer by leveraging stakeholders’
WFI is not about developing advanced To promote evidence-based over • Force Application and subject matter experts’ authoritative information contributions. This ever-expanding knowledge base holds
weapon systems and having them oper- eloquence-based investment decisions, • Protection
• Force Support great potential as a continuity and training aid.
ate in isolation; nor is it about taking the we have mapped Air Force programmatic
latest technology and adding so much and operational relationships for nearly • Logistics
complexity that it is improbable or too 1,000 program elements across the 12 Air • Building Partnerships programmatic mappings to the Joint stand the collateral effects of investment The WFI DST uses a commercial off-
expensive to field or making investment Force Service Core Functions as well as • Corporate Management and Capability Areas (JCAs), Joint Capability decisions and avoid or mitigate unin- the-shelf software product hosted on a
decisions without understanding the nine Capability Portfolios. This includes Support Gap Analysis and Air Force Enterprise tended consequences. secure classified government network.
second- and third-order effects that need Assessment. These mappings enable the The WFI DST allows users to view pro- The DST allows the user to craft tailored
to be considered in today’s tightly con- Figure 1. An example of basic first-order programmatic relationships between program user to quickly visualize the operational gramming through a warfighting capabil- views of the data and permits “what if”
elements that enable a particular mission capability.
strained budget environment. capability supported by a given program ity lens and expedites research and data data excursions without corrupting or
For these reasons, the Secretary of the or program element and has value in gathering to allow more time for analysis, modifying any of the underlying authori-
Air Force Chief of Warfighting Integration decreasing the time spent on data gath- advocacy and better-informed decision tative source data.
and Chief Information Officer (SAF CIO/ ering, leaving more time for course of making. The DST’s visualization of cross- The WFI DST shows great potential to
A6), Directorate of Warfighter Systems action analysis and decision making. functional relationships is potentially very enable warfighting integration in a visible,
Integration (SAF/A6W) has been working At this point, we recognize that there is powerful, not only in terms of helping actionable and enduring way by leverag-
on methods to better inform senior leader much more work to be done as we refine portray an enterprise perspective, but ing enterprise architectures and authori-
decision making with respect to WFI. the quality and quantity of data in the also serving as a knowledge base for tative data sources to better inform Air
One especially promising effort is the DST by leveraging an Air Force functional those who are new to the programming Force corporate decision making.
Warfighting Integration Decision Support integrator’s expertise. We are collecting world and may not fully understand the The shared view of programmatic real-
Tool (WFI DST) that has been created by authoritative data, which includes many programmatic and operational linkages. ity it provides will facilitate coordinated
SAF/A6W personnel in partnership with architecture artifacts contained within As the DST matures, the knowledge planning, programming and budget ex-
the Air Force Enterprise Architects (SAF/ MAJCOM master plans and PEM briefings, base gets richer and richer by leveraging ecution to realize envisioned capabilities
A6PA) organization with assistance from and feeding data into the visualization stakeholders’ and subject matter experts’ and maximize joint warfighting effective-
MITRE Corp. and Systems Planning and tool. Just as we fuse and expose sensor authoritative information contributions. ness in the years to come.
Analysis, Inc. contractor support. data on the battlefield, we ought to be This ever-expanding knowledge base Email questions to SAF/A6WS at saf.a6ws.
There is a need for senior leaders to taking the same approach from a plan- holds great potential as a continuity firstname.lastname@example.org.
have a mechanism for viewing programs ning and programmatic perspective by and training aid. Further, the tool has
and their dependencies from a cross- exposing lead integrator knowledge to the potential to enable more effective
functional, holistic perspective. Although the enterprise. In the coming years, if we horizontal integration across service core
there are subject matter experts with can use functional architectures as the functions, platforms, systems and pro- Lt. Col. Jordon Cochran is the deputy of the
knowledge of these relationships, there is authoritative, integrated source of opera- grams leading to lower costs, improved Warfighting Integration Strategy Division in the
a need to institutionalize a “programmatic tional and programmatic relationships, interoperability and enhanced net- Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Information
common operating picture” that can be we will be in a position to better under- enabled warfighting capabilities. Dominance and Chief Information Officer.
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Q&A with Laura Knight, PEO-EIS Sea Warrior Program Manager
uling transmissions during off-peak times Environment/Authoritative Data Ware of the Navy’s personnel and pay modern-
and also by allowing data transfers to start house (ADE/ADW). This effort is focused ization effort. The MPTE portal will enable
The Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) is the primary information technology (IT) acquisition agent for non- again where they previously ended when on establishing a single operational store Sailors to view their personnel information
tactical business operations addressing manpower, personnel, training and education (MPTE) capability gaps, connectivity was lost. of personnel data that is authoritative, relevant to their service history, records
To make it easier for Sailors and the verifiable, and easily accessible to autho and benefits; collaborate among commu-
legacy systems, and Distance Support to the fleet. The program’s role is to modernize Navy human resources fleet to get help while afloat, we are re- rized people and applications. The ADE/ nities of practice; and interact with Navy
(HR) management systems and afloat business IT used by Sailors, the fleet, and the Navy Enterprise in re- branding the Navy Distance Support CRM ADW is a significant undertaking. customer service centers.
sponse to functional requirements. To that end, Sea Warrior is a “program of programs,” managing a complex to Navy 311. This new effort is built upon For example, the Navy Personnel Data We’re in the early stages of planning
portfolio of 33 systems across five product lines in support of four sponsors: OPNAV N1 (Manpower, Personnel, the non-emergency telephone number base currently contains source data on and designing a new consolidated MPTE
3-1-1 in cities across the U.S. and Canada 1.75 million Navy members and annui portal. Industry and government bench-
Training and Education), N2/N6 (Information Dominance), N4 (Fleet Readiness/Logistics) and the Director of that provides quick access to services via tants that is exchanged across thousands marks indicated that getting to a single,
Navy Staff. The program is part of the Navy Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO- a centralized call center. There are about of interfaces. The long-term goal is to consolidated portal can be a long journey
EIS) within the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). 90 such service outlets operating in the move to a fully integrated data environ over many years. The MPTE portal vision is
CHIPS attended a presentation by Ms. Laura Knight, Sea Warrior program manager, as part of the SPAWAR U.S. In like manner, Navy 311 will simplify ment built on a service oriented archi to provide a secure, reliable, single point
the ashore reach-back capability avail tecture, which is foundational to deliver of entry for all Navy HR content and busi-
Speaker Series at the West Conference in January and asked her about the Navy’s human resources systems modernization and key chal- able to the fleet via an easy-to-remember, ing net-centric data services to the Navy ness applications.
lenges associated with enterprise integration. Ms. Knight responded in writing in April. single point of entry for any issue the fleet enterprise. As you might imagine, much work lays
encounters. Finally, there are numerous cultural ahead to design the portal look and feel,
Q: Can you describe what the Sea Warrior NeL is a distance learning capability that We’re also supporting modernization and governance challenges. In the past, integrate applications, enable online com-
program is? On a typical day how would a includes online courses, multimedia con in the recruiting and accessions busi Q: Why is it so challenging to update the sys commands with a software development munity collaboration and authenticate
Sailor use the systems that are supported by tent, a learning management system ness area. The Personalized Recruiting tems in the Sea Warrior Program? competence and funding could enhance users. A first step is to replace the technical
the Sea Warrior Program? ashore, and a learning management sys for Immediate and Delayed Enlistment applications when and how they needed. infrastructure of Navy Knowledge Online.
tem afloat that provides 24/7/365 on- Modernization, or PRIDE MOD, supports A: There are multiple challenges on mul Today, those of us responsible for the sys The NKO tech refresh will provide a more
A: In 2006, the Chief of Naval Personnel demand access to course offerings for the Recruiting Command’s real-time tiple levels. First, on the technical level, the tems engineering supporting the Navy’s stable and flexible platform that can sup-
requested that the Assistant Secretary of active duty and Reserve military, civilians business process for managing recruit MPTE domain consists of approximately business mission, are taking an enter port today’s interactive portal function-
the Navy for Research, Development and and contractors. It’s one of the largest ing by providing full Web-enabled com 51 systems, 741 applications and 240,000 prise-wide view of IT effectiveness and ality, self-service delivery and workflow
Acquisition appoint the Program Execu distance learning implementations in the munication with Navy and DoD partners data elements that have evolved over 30 efficiency. management needs. NKO eventually will
tive Office for Enterprise Information world with more than 900,000 users and across all aspects of the accession process. to 40 years. Consequently, these systems
Systems (PEO-EIS) as the lead for afford 6,500 online courses. PRIDE MOD lets five different applications, can’t share data electronically, so we’ve “We look at how modernization benefits both the end user and the overall
able business IT delivery and incremen The afloat learning management sys including the U.S. Military Entrance Pro been maintaining about 2,000 different performance of the Navy enterprise before any taxpayer dollars are
tal capabilities. The Sea Warrior Program tem, called the Afloat Integrated Learn cessing Command’s system, ‘talk to one interfaces. Plus, significant business logic
committed. We are supporting the Department of Defense, and driving a
(PEO-EIS PMW 240) began operating in ing Environment (AILE) operates on 233 another’ almost instantly via the Web and and rules are hard-coded within these
September 2007 with the mission of coor deployed platforms. Since NeL was first a shared data environment. PRIDE is now applications and are redundant across management culture that analyzes the business case for each change and
dinating manpower, personnel, training launched in 2000, the system has logged processing about 6,000 recruiting applica systems. Given these issues, the MPTE measures the payback of each IT investment.”
and education (MPTE) IT development, nearly 25 million course completions. tions per month. ‘system of systems’ has become complex,
acquisition, and life cycle maintenance Also in the training and education Afloat business IT is also a large part inflexible and expensive to maintain and
under a single systems command and business area, we have Navy Knowledge of our portfolio. Currently under the operate. We look at how modernization benefits be rebranded and migrate into the con-
program office. Online, the largest Navy portal with over 1 umbrella of Distance Support, we pro So, we’re working with our business both the end user and the overall perfor- solidated portal. We expect to submit the
This was important because the MPTE million registered users. About 92 percent vide and maintain the IT infrastructure and requirements stakeholders to mod mance of the Navy enterprise before any MPTE Portal Investment Review Board
businesses were merged to form the of active duty and 73 percent of Reserve and capabilities to provide at-sea logistics, ernize technology that is fast approach taxpayer dollars are committed. We are package in the spring for certification, and
Navy’s single manpower resource spon personnel use NKO. And as a corporate technical and training support to afloat ing or well beyond the end of its intended supporting the Department of Defense, begin work no later than early FY13.
sor, called Navy Total Force. example, the Navy Training Management units. This includes Customer Relation useful life. There are many dimensions to and driving a management culture that
Today, the Sea Warrior Program Office and Planning System (NTMPS) collectively ship Management (CRM), which includes making improvements, but key is migrat analyzes the business case for each Q: You mentioned in your brief at the con-
manages a complex portfolio of 33 major generates 300,000 Sailor training readi communications media, contact centers, a ing from mainframe-based computing to change and measures the payback of each ference that there is about $15 million avail-
IT systems used to recruit, train, pay, pro ness reports per month for use by the directory and network of service and sup Web-enabled applications hosted in Navy IT investment. This means we work very able for R&D for modernizing the legacy
mote, move, retire and support Navy fleet. NTMPS also includes the Electronic port providers, websites, an action report data centers. This will reduce the expense closely with the end users and stakehold- systems in the Sea Warrior program. What
personnel ashore and afloat. Also, a large Training Jacket that is used by all Sail ing (and tracking) IT system, and associ of large platforms and allow for more ers impacted by the change so all parties kind of technology improvements are you
percentage of our systems are used cor ors in preparation for boards and career ated fleet customer advocacy provisions. responsive and cost-effective technology can understand the impacts, benefits and anticipating?
porately for manpower planning and development. Navy Distance Support also deploys a modernizations. tradeoffs.
readiness. In the career and manpower manage number of applications on a single ship Related to systems, of course, is the A: In keeping with our portfolio mod-
In a nutshell, our role is about part ment area, Sailors use the Career Manage board software suite called the Navy challenge of harnessing our siloed busi Q: Can you talk about the manpower, per- ernization strategy, our approach is to
nering with our OPNAV sponsors and ment System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ Information/Application Product Suite. ness data while ensuring its security. Pro sonnel, training and education portal initia- improve core IT within each line of busi-
functional business leaders to build and ID) to submit their own job applications NIAPS is helpful to Sailors at sea in mitigat tecting personnel data is of paramount tive that you are working on? Did you say ness so we can move the Navy’s HR busi-
deploy IT solutions to enable the Navy to via the Internet. CMS/ID has given Sailors ing bandwidth limitations by having soft importance, therefore the DoD and Navy that it would be integrated into the Navy ness off its aging technology infrastruc-
get the Sailors into the fight while sup more direct control over their orders while ware applications run locally on the ship. management controls are more stringent Knowledge Online portal? ture. By reducing our legacy IT footprint
porting their welfare, careers and families. reducing manual paperwork for career NIAPS also allows applications to store than commonly employed using com we’ll achieve business efficiencies such
With regard to your second question, counselors and detailers, saving time and data and transactions and then to trans mercial Web 2.0 technologies. A data A: The Navy envisions an integrated HR part as reducing overlapping functional-
our IT products touch Sailors every day. money. An average of 16,500 applications mit that data ship-to-shore when network consolidation effort within OPNAV N1 is portal as a self-service environment for ity, migrating software off the mainframe,
Let’s start with Navy eLearning (NeL). per month come through CMS/ID. access is limited or intermittent by sched underway called the Authoritative Data Sailors, and so the portal is an integral and eliminating unnecessary reports.
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The Sea Warrior Program Office (PMW 240) manages a complex portfolio of 33 major IT systems used to recruit, Solution-Navy (IPPS-N) CONOPS (concept
train, pay, promote, move, retire and support Navy personnel ashore and afloat. Sailors depend on the IT products of operations) and a capabilities-based
managed modernized by PMW 240 to manage their careers, train and get paid.
As part of this strategy, the Navy has
• Navy eLearning (NeL) – accessible 24/7/365, 900,000 users, 6,500 online courses. chosen to leverage its investment in the
By Floyd Groce,
• Afloat Integrated Learning Environment (AILE) operates on 233 deployed platforms. Since NeL was first launched Navy Standard Integrated Personnel Sys
in 2000, the system has logged nearly 25 million course completions. tem (NSIPS), along with making multiple, Brian Fischbeck and
incremental modernization investments
• Personalized Recruiting for Immediate and Delayed Enlistment Modernization (PRIDE MOD) processes about Behrad Mahdi
to the human resources IT portfolio. This
6,000 Navy applications per month. will let us avoid the pitfalls, expense and
• Navy Knowledge Online, the largest Navy portal, more than 1 million registered users. delays of a large program while making
• Navy Training Management and Planning System (NTMPS) collectively generates 300,000 Sailor training readiness ongoing improvements to the services
that Sailors use daily.
reports per month for use by the fleet. NTMPS includes the Electronic Training Jacket.
With regard to milestones, we have
• Sailors use the Career Management System/Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) to submit job applications via the started three business process initiatives
Internet. An average of 16,500 applications travel through the system per month. (BPIs) as risk reduction efforts. In addi
• The Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) supports more than 400,000 Sailors afloat and ashore tion, the first development/moderniza
tion increment will be for active and
and contains 1.5 million records.
Reserve retirements and separations.
• New Navy 3-1-1 capability will simplify ashore reach-back available to the fleet via an easy-to-remember, single We expect that most of the effort will be
point of entry for any issue the fleet encounters. implemented in NSIPS, which currently
supports over 400,000 Sailors afloat and
ashore, contains 1.5 million Sailor records,
We are continuing to work with our spon Q: At the brief you also indicated that there and interfaces with 32 other systems.
sors and functional owners as they clarify was a change coming in the continuity of Concurrent with the NSIPS design for
requirements and determine how we operations planning (COOP) for MPTE sys- active and Reserve retirements and sepa
Driving Savings Today and
allocate development and modernization tems housed at the Navy Personnel Com- rations, the Navy is examining the busi
funding. Some current examples include mand in Millington, Tenn. I think you said ness processes associated with military
Sustaining Relationships in the Future
the PRIDE MOD Phase II effort, a new the physical infrastructure would be moving pay, which may result in a new program
Learning Management System to sup to San Diego? effort in about 2015. A key near-term tran
port Navy eLearning, the NKO technology sition goal is to establish effective inter
refresh, and Billet Based Distribution using A: PMW 240 is coordinating the effort to nal control over the Navy’s $31 billion in
CMS/ID. establish a continuity of operations capa- enlisted and Reserve manpower accounts
bility for the Navy Personnel Command to meet financial improvement and audit
Q: Can you talk about how work is progress and the Navy Recruiting Command in Mil- readiness requirements.
ing in support of the Personalized Recruit lington, Tenn. Initially the effort is focused Finally, I mentioned earlier the ADE/
ing for Immediate and Delayed Enlistment on data replication and disaster recovery. ADW, and this is a core part of the person
system? The actual COOP site is at the SPAWAR nel and pay modernization effort. The
Systems Center Pacific’s San Diego data ADE/ADW activities consist of data cleans
A: The PRIDE system is one of six legacy center. ing, governance, interface standards and
systems supporting the mission of the For the past two years, flooding disas- management, all of which reduce risk
Navy Recruiting Command (NRC). PRIDE ters have hit the Millington area and before making major IT investments. The
supports the Navy’s processes of bringing securing the data and providing access BPIs will be the first personnel modern
new recruits into the service and assign to the systems and information during a ization test case for the ADE/ADW, exer
ing them to Navy positions. With phase disaster is a high priority within the Navy. cising the governance and the technical HE DEPARTMENT Of THE NAVy CHIEf INfORMATION OffICER (DON CIO)
I of PRIDE MOD in operation, NRC now The COOP capability will come online in concepts.
and the Information Technology/Cyberspace Efficiency Integrated Product
seamlessly shares accessions data with March 2012 with a full operational capa- In summary, the near-term FY12-FY13
the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Com bility by September 2012. acquisition effort comprises concurrent Teams (IPTs) have undertaken a number of initiatives that have important
mand, Recruit Training Command and initiatives supported by development/ implications for the future of the DON business IT environment. Specifically,
Navy Personnel Command. Q: Can you talk about the significant mile- modernization and sustainment funding. the DON Enterprise Software Licensing (ESL) IPT developed business case
The PRIDE MOD II capabilities being stones coming up in the Future Pay and Per- Alongside our functional counterparts,
analyses (BCAs) that provide enterprise-level visibility of how much money
considered include electronic forms tech sonnel Solution system? we are committed to making our Sailors’
nology, positive applicant identification lives and jobs easier through better, more is spent with specific IT vendors, insight into relevant market and technol
via biometrics, workflow management A: The Navy Personnel and Pay Modern- accessible IT. ogy trends, and recommendations for better managing vendor relationships,
tools for paperless processing, and inte ization effort (formerly FPPS) is a portfolio optimizing resources and negotiating favorable contract terms. This article
gration of officer and enlisted active and investment strategy not a large develop-
details the methodologies and approaches used to develop the BCAs, as well
Reserve component processes. We’re cur ment program to acquire a new IT system. Sea Warrior Program Public Affairs Office
rently working to release the Request for This decision was made following comple- Email: email@example.com as some of the anticipated results of this work.
Proposal for PRIDE MOD II. tion of the Integrated Personnel and Pay Phone: (703) 604-5400
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Meeting Business IT Goals in a
The BCA Process: An Inclusive, Data-
Driven and Fact-Based Approach Step 2 Spending Visibility and
Projecting Future Spending
puts of this process are comprehensive business case analyses
which quantify the hard savings impact of implementing a set
of strategies for a particular IT vendor and a DON-specific IT
As a result of the challenging fiscal environment, the The BCA methodology was developed collaboratively using an The data analysis portion of the BCA process allows stakehold- vendor strategy roadmap to support the sustainment of sav-
DON must reduce business IT costs by 25 percent by fiscal inclusive process to ensure perspectives from stakeholders across ers to address visibility challenges related to understanding ings over the long-term.
year 2017. However, the department is still expected to the DON’s technical and business IT communities, as well as other what the DON has spent historically with particular IT vendors, The roadmap provides a high-level view of a slate of initiatives
meet its mission, support the warfighters, maintain current enterprise stakeholders, who have years of technical and cus- as well as to develop a confident, fact-based projection of proposed for coordinated execution over time across all DON
operational and security levels, and improve operations tomer experience. Additionally, the BCA methodology ensures future spending on products and services from these vendors. agencies and offices that acquire a particular IT vendor’s products
and efficiencies. To meet this challenge, the DON CIO has the most complete and detailed understanding of the current Developing fact-based future estimates of potential DON and services. The roadmap includes a combination of actions that
identified a number of IT efficiency focus areas, including context of the DON’s relationship with any particular high-inter- spending with an IT vendor allows the DON to understand the may be initiated immediately as an integral part of driving near-
improvements to enterprise software licensing across est IT vendor with whom the department has invested signifi- “as-is” state and estimate the potential savings that can reason- term savings, as well as key strategic enablers to be implemented
the department. cant funds in its products, as well as an understanding of the ably be achieved based on the implementation of specific over time to ensure sustainable long-term savings and improved
An important step in improving enterprise software vendor’s particular position within its own industry and market. near-term strategies. The work toward achieving enterprise vendor relationships. Some examples of these strategic enablers
licensing within the DON was reached with the issuance The BCA is focused on developing strategies that address the visibility to better understand both historical spending and include performance management, vendor scorecards, require-
of a Feb. 22, 2012, policy memo “Mandatory Use of DON full range of a given IT vendor’s offerings. This is a critical ele- fact-based future spending has taken the DON Enterprise ments optimization and demand management.
Enterprise Licensing Agreements” jointly signed by the ment of strategy development because many IT vendors provide Software Licensing BCA teams across the department’s land-
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development software, hardware and professional services, often packaging scape to search for every piece of data available from internal
and Acquisition, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for two or more of these products together in an attempt to bind procurement documents, financial records, inventory lists Making “Doing More with Less” a Reality
Financial Management and Comptroller (ASN FMC) and the customers to a particular solution. The primary goal of each BCA and budget data systems, as well as information directly from The work of the BCA teams has provided unprecedented
DON CIO. This policy is available at www.doncio.navy.mil/ is to ensure a foundational set of strategies that comprehensively vendors and resellers. visibility into the magnitude of the DON’s spending with
PolicyView.aspx?ID=3777. addresses each IT vendor. Additionally, market research and The goal of developing a future projection in the BCA is to particular IT vendors and contributed to the understanding
Within the ESL focus area and as described in the DON experience have demonstrated the trend of IT vendors pressing understand what the current environment looks like if no effort of key constraints and opportunities for the department in
enterprise licensing agreements policy, the DON has identi- for deployment of combined “appliances” — solutions that com- to identify and execute efficiencies and savings opportunities is achieving the goal of reducing business IT costs. Moreover,
fied several potential opportunities for further analysis and bine hardware and software components. While these technolo- made. Clearly, this baseline is critically important as BCA teams stakeholders have already begun to see the benefits of this
evaluation, as well as execution of efficiencies related to gies suggest potential performance improvements, they also also attempt to understand the implications of specific strate- inclusive, data-driven and fact-based process. Some of the
the acquisition and management of products and services have potentially negative implications for the DON’s total cost of gies on future business IT costs to the DON. key benefits include:
from potential vendors. The BCA process was developed ownership and technical flexibility in the future. » Achieving unprecedented visibility into complete DON
and executed to identify near-term savings opportunities Additionally, the DON Enterprise Software Licensing BCA spending on a portfolio of products and services for
that will enable the DON to meet its objective to reduce development teams work closely with the DON Enterprise Leveraging Vendor Insights specific vendors;
IT business costs, while also developing a set of strategies Software Licensing IPT members tasked with executing near- » Providing critical input into future data systems to support
that will enable the department to sustain those savings term activities to ensure that the BCA findings are well-under- and Market Trends increasing spending visibility;
into the future. stood and support their efforts to achieve near-term savings. Thorough market analysis is a critical component of IT ven- » Strategically engaging vendors at the enterprise level and
The challenge of quickly identifying near-term savings In short, the DON CIO believes that this process-oriented dor BCAs. The market analysis process includes developing encouraging them to be a source of data for the analysis;
opportunities within the DON relative to specific IT vendors and disciplined BCA approach arms the DON with the tools, an understanding of the vendors and broader markets and » Building organic collaboration and knowledge sharing across
is exacerbated by a variety of factors in the current insights and data to achieve both near-term and long-term industries in which they operate. To identify key areas where stakeholder groups focused on particular IT vendors; and
IT environment: goals. The following sections detail each element of the BCA the DON can work more effectively with a particular IT ven- » Providing input into near-term acquisitions that will have
process and provide further description of the approaches dor, it is important to understand the vendor’s core business, immediate impact on achieving near-term savings.
Large and fragmented IT vendor base: There are myriad taken to mitigate some of the key challenges identified earlier. its existing and emerging technologies and capabilities, and The BCAs are living documents that support ongoing col-
IT vendors providing the DON with software, hardware and its strategic focus areas. Moreover, it is critical to develop an laboration and coordination with critical stakeholders from
services, including software publishers and hardware manu- understanding of an IT vendor’s competitive landscape and across the department. As the department continues to meet
facturers, as well as their respective resellers, partner integra- Launching the Business Case market positioning to identify areas for negotiations or oppor- the challenges of the fiscal environment, the BCA processes will
tors and service providers. tunities to better leverage the market’s competitive dynamics. contribute to the collective successes of the DON Enterprise
Minimal visibility into key IT spending data and other Analysis Process Developing an understanding of vendor-specific and broader Software Licensing IPT and help achieve the goals of efficiently
information: While some strides are being made in updating At the onset of the BCA process, BCA teams collaborated with market trends and dynamics informs DON leadership of what and effectively meeting the needs of the warfighter.
and more fully using IT spending and asset tracking systems, stakeholders from across the DON. The teams used a holistic, drives an IT vendor’s business behaviors and how they relate
the visibility into IT spending, deployments and asset inven- enterprise-wide approach with a number of key stakeholder to identifying savings opportunities.
tories, including what is being purchased and from which groups, including, but not limited to the DON CIO; U.S. Marine
vendors, remains limited. Corps Director for Command, Control, Communications and
Rapidly changing IT environment: The speed of tech- Computers (USMC C4) and the Marine Corps Systems Com- Building the Roadmap
nology introduction and the disruptive impact of new mand; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Floyd Groce is director of commercial IT strategy for the Depart-
technologies require an ever-vigilant approach to under- Dominance, N2/N6; Echelon II organizations; ASN (FMC) and for Savings ment of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) and co-
standing the changing dynamics and trends in key indus- the ASN Office of Budget; and, where appropriate, representa- Spending visibility and market analysis provide key input for chair of the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative
tries and how they affect the way the DON is managing tion from major programs and initiatives, including the Data BCA development, which identifies a DON-specific set of busi- program.
and using its IT. Center Consolidation IPT. As a result of this work, a high level of ness opportunities with a particular IT vendor. The quantitative
Because these challenges exist for nearly all major IT ven- concurrence and a common understanding were achieved. This data assessment of the current DON environment is combined Brian Fischbeck and Behrad Mahdi provide support to the DON
dors working with the DON, the BCA process addresses many makes the BCA relevant to achieving the DON’s goals based on with the spending visibility analyses of key market insights to CIO in a variety of business IT management, acquisition and cost-
of the issues outlined above. the realities of the department’s business IT environment. rank and prioritize identified opportunities. The primary out- reduction initiatives.
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Mobile User Objective System Satellite Q&A The Atlas booster for this mission will
be powered by the RD AMROSS, RD-180
WCDMA payload operationally. However,
in the interim, we will be doing some
Mobile User Objective System – 3G Global
Military Communication System
New constellation of satellites will provide smart-phone like communications engine [propulsion system], and the Cen- engineering tests on it. We will turn it
technology for deployed warfighters taur upper stage will be powered by a sin- on after launch, and we will check it out, Communication Characteristics
gle Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne RL10 but just like your commercial cell phone Satellites: 4 geostationary satellites and an
Riding an Atlas V rocket, the Mobile User Objective System-1 engine. This launch will also mark the providers, they don’t build all their cell on-orbit spare
(MUOS-1) satellite lifted off at 5:15 p.m. EST, Feb. 24 from Florida’s 200th flight of the Centaur, and it’s a very towers the same day. They come on in a 16 WCDMA beams per satellite
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. big milestone for the ULA team as Cen- sequence, same thing with the satellites. Satellite carries MUOS WCDMA and legacy UHF
MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications taur has been pioneering space launch SATCOM payloads
system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the for the last 50 years. Q: Could talk a little bit about once the sat- Access Type: WCDMA
move. MUOS will provide military users simultaneous voice, video The first launches of Centaur in the ellites are operational what the schedule of Data Rates: Up to 384 kbps “on the move”
and data capability by leveraging 3G mobile communications early 1960s demonstrated the extremely users will look like. Bandwidth: 4 5-MHz carriers
technology. The MUOS spacecraft is the first in a satellite commu- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. high performance that can be achieved DoD Teleport: Portal to Defense Information
(Feb. 24, 2012) A United
nications system that will replace the legacy Ultra High Frequency with the liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen Ghyzel: The second satellite is tentatively Systems Network: DSN, SIPRNET, NIPRNET
Launch Alliance Atlas V
Follow-On system. Offering enhanced capabilities to the mobile rocket blasts off from rocket stage and were subsequently used scheduled to launch in July of 2013, and Access Type: Legacy UHF SATCOM
warfighter, MUOS will provide 10 times greater communications Space Launch Complex-41 for the Saturn I and Saturn V space shut- then the launch manifest beyond that has Bandwidth 17 25-kHz and 21 5-kHz channels
capacity than the legacy system. with the U.S. Navy Mobile tle Titan and Delta programs. Although not been settled, but we expect to launch
MUOS consists of five geostationary Earth orbit satellites—one an User Objective System-1 the basic architecture of the Centaur has roughly on an annual basis after the sec- Communication Service Types
on-orbit spare—and a terrestrial network connecting four ground (MUOS-1) satellite. The stayed the same, all of the components ond satellite launches. Voice: Conversational and recognition voice
stations around the world. Each satellite features dual payloads nearly 15,000-pound and subsystems have evolved many times So during this timeframe between the Data: Low data rate telemetry, short digital
that upgrade military users to the MUOS wideband code division satellite is the heaviest for increased reliability, flexibility and first satellite and the second satellite, we messaging, imagery transfer, file transfer,
multiple access (WCDMA) system while enabling concurrent opera- satellite launched to date performance. will be completing the MUOS ground sys- electronic mail, remote computer access,
by an Atlas launch vehicle.
tions for existing legacy users. Using commercial 3G cell phone and tem, and then as the additional satellites remote sensor reception, sporadic messaging
MUOS-1, built by Lockheed
satellite technology, MUOS will provide mobile warfighters point- Martin, is a next-generation Q: It sounds like the existing technology come online, we’ll be completing our full for distributed applications, video, video
to-point and netted communications services at enhanced data narrowband tactical will be active within around six months of global coverage that we’ll have with this teleconferencing
rates and priority-based access to on-demand voice, video and satellite communications launch, and the MUOS payload, the new system. Mixed Voice and Data Services: Mixed transport of
data transfers. system designed to technology won’t be used until the second In parallel with that, the completion of voice and data
The Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for Space Systems, significantly improve bird is up, and until the ground station is the MUOS waveform [scheduled for next
Communications Satellite Programs Office (PMW 146) is responsible ground communications complete. Can you just walk through a little summer], or if you will the software code Supports
for the MUOS program. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company for U.S. forces. Photo by bit of the details in terms of payload capac- that runs in the terminals that we use with UHF SATCOM terminals and Joint Tactical Radio
is the MUOS prime contractor and lead system integrator. Pat Corkery, courtesy of the ity and performance? MUOS, will be put in MUOS user terminals. System (JTRS)-compatible terminals
United Launch Alliance.
In preparation for the launch, mission partners held a MUOS-1 Now the way we’re organizing to Internet Protocol versions 4 and 6 (IPv4/IPv6) to
teleconference Feb. 13 to discuss the program. Initial launch was Ghyzel: Each of the MUOS satellites has develop those, those are [in] different give the warfighter global roaming connectivity
scheduled for Feb. 16, but high winds and thick clouds delayed the two payloads on it to support communi- organizations within the Department to the Global Information Grid. The architecture
launch until conditions improved. The top requirements for the MUOS system deal with capac- cations. One is what we refer to as the leg- of Defense that actually build the termi- is also designed for significant future growth as
The Q&A began with opening remarks and follow-up responses ity, coverage and link availabilities. So we provide 24-hour a day, acy payload, and that payload is equiva- nals. But the expectation is that each of capacity demand increases.
were completed in March. The following participants were part of 7 days a week global coverage, the ability for a warfighter to lent to one UHF follow-on satellite worth the services will procure terminals to uti- – Lockheed Martin
the initial teleconference discussion. make a telephone call over a MUOS terminal, to send that data of capacity and capability. The current lize MUOS over the next several years to
Navy Capt. Paul Ghyzel, program manager, Navy Communica- at 10 times more [capacity] than it does now, that’s what MUOS constellation, the UHF follow-on constel- take full advantage of the capability. But
tions Satellite Program Office (PMW 146) brings to the table. Whether it’s in vehicles, on ships, in subma- lation, consists of eight satellites… When it’s not the purview or my responsibility Q: Could you expand a little on the global
Mark Pasquale, vice president and MUOS program manager, rines, in aircraft, or simply carried by service members who are we launch a MUOS, the legacy payload to speak to the details of the schedule for terrestrial system, how many there will be
Lockheed Martin dismounted from vehicles and on the move, this system was on MUOS has the capacity of one of those the terminal development and delivery. and what exactly they’re handling?
Jim Sponnick, vice president of mission operations, United designed to bring them voice and data communication services, UFO, or UHF follow-on satellites.
Launch Alliance both in point-to-point mode and through communications. The second payload, which a lot of peo- Q: So the individual services are responsible Ghyzel: In addition to satellite control
Those capabilities have not existed with previous programs. ple refer to as the MUOS payload, utilizes for their own ground systems? facilities located at the Naval Satellite
Ghyzel: I’m happy to be here with our mission partners from the Beyond providing that continuous communications for all four a 3G cellular technology, also known as Operations Center in Point Mugu, Calif.,
Air Force and from industry. I’d just like to set the stage. Start- branches of the military and many of our allies, the Navy pro- wideband code division multiple access, Ghyzel: The individual services are and with a back-up location in Schriever
ing in the mid-1960s, and born from the need for stable 24/7 vided space-based communications and reliable worldwide or WCDMA, to vastly increase the capa- responsible for their terminals, their Air Force Base, we have four additional
ship-to-shore communication that was successful under all coverage for national emergency assistance, disaster response bility and the capacity of narrowband radios if you will. They will either be car- ground sites that will interact with the
conditions and environments and geographic [locations], the and humanitarian relief. SATCOM. ried by soldiers or be installed in ships satellites. They’re located in Hawaii, West-
U.S. Navy had a leading role within the Department of Defense If you think of the spacecraft using a or installed in aircraft. The MUOS system ern Australia, in Italy and in Chesapeake,
[for] providing narrowband communications for all warfighters, Sponnick: At nearly 15,000 pounds, MUOS-1 is the heaviest sat- cellular technology, the MUOS spacecraft itself, in addition to the five satellites Va.
regardless of the service. So we do it for the entire department. ellite to be launched to date … on an Atlas V evolved expendable as a cell tower in the sky, each of the sat- that we’ll put in orbit, also consists of a And those four sites are well on their
Right now with military narrowband SATCOM, with UHF SAT- launch vehicle 551 configuration, which includes a five-meter ellites represents a cell tower. And you’re global terrestrial network which includes way and on schedule to support delivery
COM, our users have to be sitting in one place, stationary, with diameter RUAG space payload fairing along with five narrow right… part of what you said was correct ground stations that communicate with of the capability. And those are the sta
an antenna up pointing straight at a satellite to be able to use jet rocket motors attached to the Atlas booster. [Payload fairing in that it won’t be fully utilized right after the satellites. So there is no additional tions where the traffic from the user ter
narrowband SATCOM. As we bring MUOS online, we’ll bring is one of the main components of a launch vehicle. The fairing we launch the first spacecraft. Per our ground infrastructure that the other ser- minals as it comes down from the satellite
capability that allows them to move around the battlespace and protects the payload during the ascent against the impact of the plan, we will get the second spacecraft vices are developing, it’s just strictly the gets routed to and processed to complete
be able to continue to communicate beyond the line of site. atmosphere (aerodynamic pressure and aerodynamic heating).] on orbit before we start to utilize the terminals — or the radios, if you will. the calls depending on the nature of the
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traffic. They will handle voice calls, data Ghyzel: So after the spacecraft sepa- exploration, system design, procurement MUOS Post-Launch Accomplishments
calls, and they’ll connect the users to the rates from the Centaur, which is just over of five satellites and their launch vehicles, March 9: Completion of the final Liquid Apogee Engine burn to achieve geosynchronous orbit and successful deployment of the solar
Global Information Grid from the users three hours after launch, we’ll go through the complete ground system, the black arrays, 14-meter and 5-meter unfurlable mesh reflectors, and Ka-band antennas as planned. Each of these deployments represent a
out in the field. a series of orbit raising burns, I believe side (unclassified) waveform and the Navy complex mechanical operation to get from the stowed/launch configuration to the flight/mission configuration.
there are eight total over the next 10 to share of the Joint Tactical Radio System-
Q: The fact sheet listed five different orbital 14 days following launch. And then once developed red-side (classified) waveform. March 16: Spacecraft health and performance going according to plan. Achievements include:
slots for the constellation, which slot is this we’re at our planned altitude, we’ll start Satellite in geosynchronous orbit in the test slot
particular spacecraft going into, and if you a checkout period that will be conducted Q: Could you talk about the different types Deployments complete
could talk a little bit about just geographi- by the team from Lockheed Martin, with of environments that this particular pay Bus testing nearly complete
cally what part of the world the satellite is oversight from the U.S. Navy, to deploy load will be able to operate in? I’m talk- Payload testing commenced
going to be serving. the satellite and, as you would expect, full ing about whether you can communicate UHF legacy test signals uplinked from Hawaii, processed through the legacy payload, retransmitted and received back at Hawaii
arrays of unfurlable mesh reflectors [part through canopy forests or urban jungles?
Ghyzel: Sure, I can speak to that to some of the antenna system] [to] make sure that
degree. The first slot the satellite goes everything is working the way it’s sup- Ghyzel: Sure, happy to, but I think you Ghyzel: We’ve, the Navy program office, The Navy has been very disciplined in as well as the WCDMA MUOS transmit
to is our test slot which is located over posed to, and it has been through testing. actually answered your own question we’ve worked with Lockheed Martin to turning us on as they projected, so we receipt. So it’s a combination of shared
the middle of the Pacific. From there, And then we’ll turn on the payloads because we can do all of that. One of the ensure that as we go through with sub- were willing to go out on our own, pur- and unique. The legacy [payload] will go
we have clear view of it from our Hawaii and exercise those to make sure they’re beauties, and one of the reasons that sequent spacecraft, and efforts across the chase hardware that allowed our factory through both reflectors.
ground station and that’s where it will be working properly. All of that takes nomi- the Navy originally pursued UHF com- board on the program, that we’re always floor to stay at a very level load, which
for several months after launch while we nally about 90 days after launch. And munications or the UHF frequency band vigilant to look for more efficient ways to meant our experienced personnel were Q: You talked about the ground terres
activate it and do the on-orbit checkout. then once all that is complete, it will be for doing communications, is because do things and ways to reduce costs. actually able to go from (Systems View- trial stations, and you mentioned that the
After that, it’s still to be determined. turned over for some additional govern- UHF does have the ability to penetrate point) SV-2 to 3 to 4 to 5 without a break in capabilities would be voice and data. What
We’re in close coordination with the ment testing. weather, all weather. Pasquale: I think I heard two questions, production. We didn’t have to go through kind of processing will go on at the ground
operational community with U.S. Stra- PMW 146 will complete technical evalu- It has the ability to penetrate dense but one was what were some of the dif- a loss of learning and then a retraining, stations?
tegic Command. The final decision on ation, followed by Multi-Service Test and jungle foliage, and it also performs very ficulties, and what are we doing to con- we were able to just continue to produce
where satellite number one will go hasn’t Evaluation led by COMOPTEVFOR with well in the urban canyon environment, trol and maintain costs. So it really is two hardware, put it on the shelf, [and] have it Ghyzel: The bulk of the processing hap-
been made yet. However, I can tell you representatives from the Navy, Marine where [in] some other systems the radio pieces. One was the original develop- ready to go. pens on the ground station as far as the
that when the constellation is fully popu- Corps, Army and Air Force, as well as an frequency energy gets bounced around ment for a first of a kind, next generation It’s the same with our major subcontrac- WCDMA capability. If you think of the
lated, we will have one satellite over the operational evaluation before we put the off buildings and other things, and that satellite; we had our development issues tors. They were able to do the same thing capability, if you liken it to 3G cellular
Atlantic, one over the Indian Ocean, one spacecraft in full operation. ultimately interferes with the signal. We relative to passive intermodulation which which really allowed us to… reduce the service, that’s a very good way to think
over Pacific Command, and one over the don’t have that issue nearly as much with was really a noise concern that comes in a number of non-conformances, improve about it with the spacecraft serving as
continental United States. They’re evenly Q: Could somebody speak to the value of UHF. So one of the strengths of the MUOS UHF environment. our one over one learning and produc- the cell towers. And then the ground
distributed to give us the global coverage the initial contract for two satellites, as well is it will be able to operate in all antici- We worked through those, we worked tion rates, and really get into… somewhat infrastructure is everything else that it
that the system brings. as the value if all options are added for, I pated environments. through the fact that as it was described of a production line. takes to route a call …Let’s say I’m in
believe, it’s an additional three spacecraft? earlier this is one of the largest satellites We’re certainly never going to get to Cape Canaveral, and I want to talk to
Q: You mentioned checkout for a few Q: You had some issues with the cost of to be built in this class of satellites; there the place that the automotive compa- somebody in the middle of the Pacific, I
months. Could you go through the actual Ghyzel: Costs to acquire the system at this first system; maybe you can talk about were a lot of accommodation activi- nies are with the sheer numbers of prod- would actually enter their phone number,
plan following separation from the launch contract award was $5.303 million in base some of the steps that have been taken to ties that we worked through. We have uct they put out, but to have a line that they’ll have a unique number assigned to
vehicle, what the plan would be? year 2004 dollars. This included concept contain costs? an entire legacy payload, and a legacy stayed constant and also gives the Navy them, and place a call. That call will go up
spacecraft, if you will, embedded with our customer great kudos for maintaining a into the satellite, down into the ground
MUOS WCDMA payload, so the isolation consistent set of requirements from SV-1 architecture.
between the two, ensuring those work to SV-5, there has been no churn put into The ground architecture will be just like
together, making sure the thermal mass the system… your commercial cell phone system, the
and all of the RF properties were accom- We’ve really been able to go from 1 to network knows where the phone is within
modated was something we worked 5 in a really stable environment, a stable the network, geographically where it is
through. throughput, level load, our best talent on the planet, same thing with MUOS. So
We have two large unfurlable anten- engaged without having those breaks when that request for a call comes down
WAHIAWA, Hawaii (Nov. 3, 2008) nas that have to be stowed and nested in production that have hurt other pro- into the ground station, the ground sta-
The Mobile User Objective System together to meet the requirements of grams in the past. tion is going to say I have a call from user
(MUOS) located at Naval Computer the fairing envelope. All of that combined ‘A’ in Cape Canaveral and I need to route
and Telecommunications Area with the standard first-of-a-kind con- Q: One of you mentioned the unfurling it to user ‘B’ in the middle of the Pacific.
Master Station Pacific, Wahiawa, cerns that you have with any spacecraft antennas and fitting them in the fairing. So the ground station will, knowing
Hawaii, is a next-generation development are some of the things we Does the legacy payload have its own where user B is, say OK, I need to send it
narrowband tactical satellite overcame. antenna that is unfurlable and then the from the Chesapeake, Va. ground station
communications system intended A lot of the first time activities that advanced payload has other antenna? Or through terrestrial fiber optic networks to
to significantly improve ground we’ve learned... we’ve put into our base- do they share an antenna? the Wahiawa [Hawaii] ground station.
communications for U.S. forces. line going forward. One of the things that The Wahiawa ground station will then
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Lockheed Martin did on its own was to Pasquale: There are two unfurlables, the take the signal, send it up to the satellite
Communication Specialist 2nd procure an advance of the follow-on pro- five-meter for legacy transmit, and then that services the Pacific, the one that’s in
Class John W. Ciccarelli Jr. duction orders. a 14-meter that provides legacy receive the slot over the Pacific, and then send it
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SAN DIEGO (Feb.24, 2012) Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Command milSuite promotes efficiency across
(SPAWAR), Program Executive Office for
Space Systems (PEO Space) and PMW
146 personnel watch the launch of the
the enterprise … a wide range of social media tools
available in a secure domain
Navy's first Mobile User Objective System By Emily Gee
(MUOS) satellite at Cape Canaveral Air
Force Base live from San Diego. MUOS is
a next-generation narrowband tactical
communications system designed to
A s the Pentagon looks to save more
than $400 billion across the Depart
ment of Defense over the next decade,
While developing mil-
Suite, MilTech Solutions
successfully leveraged com
improve communications for U.S. forces. department personnel are using a secure, mercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
U.S. Navy photo by Rick Naystatt/SPAWAR collaborative platform called milSuite to products, such as Jive Social
audio visual production specialist. identify duplicative efforts and realize Business Software, and
cost-efficiencies across the services. open source software that
milSuite is a DoD enterprise-wide suite includes MediaWiki and
of collaboration tools that mirrors the WordPress. This significant
back down to the user that’s in the middle When we go to wideband CDMA we operations allow for a more efficient use functionality of existing social media ly reduced cost, time and
of the Pacific to complete the call. And it’s can use it much more efficiently. And of the limited UHF spectrum. platforms such as YouTube, Wikipedia, manpower associated with
the same way with voice and with data … what that allows us to do is offer a system Facebook and Twitter. Responsibility for development and support.
Just think of the kinds of things that you that’s going to provide greater than 10 Q: In your opening remarks, you mentioned milSuite is assigned to the Army’s Pro “MilTech took the COTS
receive over the Internet — laptop, tablet times the capacity with MUOS and wide- support for national emergency assistance, gram Executive Office for Command, products a step further
or smart phone — and those are the kinds band CDMA than we’re currently able to disaster response and humanitarian relief. Control and Communications-Tactical by jumping fully into the
of different transmissions that we expect provide today with the legacy system. Will non-DoD users who provide these ser (PEO C3T) Military Technical (MilTech) development side of the house
to have through MUOS. Like your modern vices be able to access MUOS capabilities, Solutions Office. and building on the existing
3G cellular service, we route the traffic Q: Is the increased demand for satellite like federal, state and local responders, or Through milSuite, DoD professionals applications,” said Jason Bock,
using Internet Protocol based schema. So bandwidth and UHF due to the increase in will access be limited to DoD users? and leadership can access a growing a milSuite support representa
everything is moved digitally. military unmanned vehicles? repository of the military’s thousands tive. “The Army has many COTS
Ghyzel: U.S. Strategic Command is the of organizations, people and systems products that are used in the tac
Q: If you could talk about the demand for Ghyzel: Although UAVs play a part in the SATCOM operational manager for all DoD around the globe. DoD professionals tical environment, but to develop
capacity and channels and so forth with demand for satellite bandwidth and UHF, owned and leased SATCOM resources. can share their best practices with an them in the realm of collabora
UHF and just the overall added capacity UAVs are just part of the equation. MUOS As such, USSTRATCOM will provide over enterprise-wide community, as well as tive websites and social networking was Cmdr. Erica Kraft of the Navy Reserve,
that this system is going to bring and the Communications Service Requirements sight, planning and control of MUOS leverage knowledge to improve current something new for the DoD.” who maintains the “Navy on milBook”
demand for it. were established to meet a broad range resources in support of the combatant processes. The use of existing products allows group on milSuite. “It is a cost-effective
of UHF SATCOM capabilities on multiple commanders and other users (both DoD “These applications allow us to break milSuite users to benefit from an environ way to partner with the other services.”
Ghyzel: Certainly. So the current demand weapons systems to enable the war- and non-DoD). down barriers in how we collaborate and ment that can easily expand to meet their As of February 2012, more than 2,600
for UHF actually exceeds the require fighter to defend the homeland; prevail in share information, because they encour needs. Users can create custom pages, Navy and Marine Corps personnel are
ment that we have on the books that the the war on terrorism and conduct irregu Q: Will NATO and other coalition partners age instant communication and real-time portals and applications to meet the registered on milSuite, with more than
systems are built to. That’s a function of lar operations; and conduct and win con be able to access MUOS? situational awareness,” said Emerson Kes needs of their individual organizations. 200 groups on milBook relating to the
many things. One is certainly the global ventional campaigns. lar, director of MilTech Solutions, which Navy, Marine Corps and joint forces.
nature of our operations, part of it is also Ghyzel: NATO and other coalition developed the product and led the effort Meeting Individual Needs MilSuite’s tools can be used together to
just the nature of warfare in the 21st cen Q: Why is wideband CDMA more efficient in partners will have access to the services to institute its use on behalf of the DoD. in a flexible Environment create a customized virtual workspace.
tury and the way that we have a very net- terms of the radio frequency and channels? provided by the MUOS legacy payload. As More than 190,000 users, from interns In 2011, leadership of the Army Forces
centric military today and our need to be stated above, USSTRATCOM will provide to general officers, have joined milSuite Currently, milSuite is composed of four Command (FORSCOM) shared a vision to
able to communicate. Ghyzel: The MUOS WCDMA waveform the oversight, planning and control of since its launch in 2009. Users have lev tools: milWiki, a living knowledge bank of create a secure location where Soldiers
So the current UHF constellation operates the satellite downlink over exist MUOS resources. eraged milSuite’s milWiki application, military encyclopedia entries; milBook, can see and learn about the equipment
does meet the requirement; however, ing allocations at power levels below the modeled after Wikipedia, to share lessons a professional networking tool and col they will encounter in theater. To fulfill
the requirements for UHF services are interference threshold of non-MUOS nar Q: Does the MUOS support Link 16 and new learned on enterprise-wide systems and laborative space for hosting communities its vision, FORSCOM is partnering with
expected to grow significantly in the rowband ground terminal receivers and links? technologies. They have used its milBook of practice; milBlog, a place to share and MilTech Solutions to develop a custom
future. So unfortunately, the way we use by operating the terminal uplinks using capability, similar to Facebook, to bring comment on internal news and events; ized Virtual Training Portal for Soldiers on
UHF today with the legacy payload, we’re pre-planned and adaptive notching (not Ghyzel: No, MUOS does not support Link thousands of professionals into com and milTube, a video-sharing capability. milSuite.
nearly maxed out with spectrum. transmitting) within the wideband spec 16 or new links. munities of practice centered on such The tools are integrated through a com “Our goal is to allow non-commissioned
So the UHF spectrum is predominantly trum that overlap collocated non-MUOS diverse subjects as chaplaincy, medicine mon user profile and linked by a Google officers and junior officers to go to a web
a military unique portion of the spectrum, narrowband ground terminal receive and tactical communications. search appliance. Users can share unclas site, see and then understand the equip
and one of the reasons we went to wide- bands. “Today, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, sified and For Official Use Only information ment that they are going to receive in
band CDMA is that it uses the spectrum Marines and DoD civilians can discover on the platform. theater,” said Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg,
far more efficiently, only as necessary for Q: Does WCDMA allow more spectrum or information, engage with other experts “Because milSuite is already in existence deputy to the commanding general of
an individual call whereas today we dedi frequencies to be used? For more information on PMW 146, please and collaborate in a protected environ as a DoD product, the Navy can benefit FORSCOM.
cate specific circuits to support certain phone the program manager (619) ment regardless of their location,” said from using it rather than developing their Soldiers will be able to read about the
channels of UHF. Ghyzel: No, as stated above WCDMA 524-7839. Tom Curran, product director for milSuite. own collaborative platform,” said Lt. equipment in a Weapons Systems Port
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milSuite is a collection of online tools that promotes
workforce collaboration and secure information
NCAMS Tames Bold Alligator 2012
sharing behind the Department of Defense firewall. Navy and Marine Corps fighters from the sea respond to real and synthetic threats
The secure capabilities include milWiki, a living
By Sharon Anderson
military encyclopedia editable by the experts who
know their subjects best; milBook, a professional You’ve heard the maxim: “How do you Navy Doctrine Library occurs in the planning and post-exercise
networking tool providing communities of eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” You System analysis, said Kraft. “There will be a Bold
could say the same for Navy Warfare Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, NWDC com- Alligator ’13 and, more importantly, this
practice; milBlog, the place to share and comment Development Command’s Navy Center mander, briefed media observers about could be an actual event in the real world,
on internal news and events; and milTube, a for Advanced Modeling and Simulation the unique modeling and simulation so we need the lessons that come out of
(NCAMS), the high-tech lab that served capabilities resident in NCAMS during a here. A lot of what we document is about
video-sharing platform for the DoD workforce. as the nerve center for the exciting Bold tour of the facility Feb. 8. Speaking about the command and control structure.
Alligator 2012 — and documented the the center’s role in training and shaping "Other participants will look at whether
folio (WSP) on milWiki, view training On milBook, Gillis engages colleagues in TRADOC’s project was recognized by the myriad lessons learned of each exercise the future force, Kraft said, “We deliver we need more LCACs (landing craft air
videos on milTube and discuss and share discussions about IT issues, posts relevant White House as a DoD Open Government component — one bite at a time. the future to the warfighter.” cushion) or more LCUs (landing craft util-
information on milBook. These multiple Navy and DoD policies for widespread Initiative. NCAMS hosted the upper echelons of NWDC owns the Navy Doctrine Library ity), and if certain other aspects worked or
capabilities will be linked through a cus- dissemination and advertises events such The next generation of milSuite, ver- naval leadership exercising command System (NDLS), but NWDC isn’t just a didn’t work. What we will review closely is
tomized FORSCOM homepage on the as the annual Community Workforce sion 4.0, is planned for release later this and control for BA12, including the Joint repository. Rather, NWDC assists in evolv- how we commanded this operation, and
milsuite.mil domain. Leader Summit, without worrying the year. The upgrade will include enhance- Exercise Control Group (JECG), the Com- ing doctrine in a phased approach that what were the relationships between the
Cmdr. Michael Hudson of Navy Recruit- information will reach the public domain. ments, including integration with Micro- bined Force Maritime Component Com- injects innovation moving from concept commanders — and whether or not that
ing District Ohio created a portal on mil- His colleagues or other IT professionals soft SharePoint, the ability to leverage mander (CFMCC) blended blue-green development to a concept of operations. worked.”
Wiki to serve as his organization’s virtual can register for his events virtually and widgets across milSuite and a developers’ staff and other portions of the control Rear Adm. Kraft explained that NWDC’s There are also improvements coming
workspace. Through the portal, Hudson provide real-time feedback on policies. area that will provide application pro- group. doctrine and training integration direc- to the NDLS and Navy Lessons Learned
is able to reach his entire workforce and gramming interfaces to extend milSuite Vice Adm. David H. Buss, deputy com- torate put together a readily acces- database.
share an extensive archive of information Meeting Knowledge products through external resources. mander, U.S. Fleet Forces and commander sible "electronic bookshelf" of relevant “We have our Navy Doctrine Library
without using email. As well as command Management Challenges As milSuite continues to expand, Mil- for Task Force 20, served as the CFMCC for amphibious related doctrine for BA12 par- System and we have our Lessons Learned
directives and common operating proce- Tech Solutions is working with Army and BA12. CTF 20 supports U.S. Fleet Forces’ ticipants. In the NCAMS lab, BA12 partici- System, and they actually moved their
dures, the collaboration space includes Creating a living knowledge bank was a DoD leadership to begin offering milSuite mission by planning and conducting pants could click on an icon at the edge offices right next to each other in this
weekly leadership messages from driving motive for the creation of milSuite. as an official enterprise product. training and exercises for maritime forces of their monitors for easy access to NDLS. building because they need to be con-
Hudson, his executive officer, the chief The product line grew out of a need for Through milSuite, DoD professionals to ensure combat-ready naval forces can The directorate also solicited input from nected," Kraft said. "If you search for a
recruiter and the command master chief. new knowledge management solutions can access knowledge about military meet global requirements. BA12 exercise participants, observers lesson learned, it should link to the appli-
“It’s a great communications tool, for an Army workforce at Fort Monmouth, missions and programs, and work with From the “bridge” at NCAMS, Buss and evaluators for potential updates to cable doctrine and vice versa. If you look
because everyone can contribute infor- N.J., that lost personnel due to Base others across the enterprise to continue could talk directly to the commanding amphibious operations-related doctrine. up a piece of doctrine, it should also show
mation and easily put documents or Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005. creating cost-effective processes and officer of the multipurpose amphibious Kraft explained how lessons learned you what the people who have actu-
announcements up on the wiki,” Hudson Under BRAC legislation, Fort Monmouth reduce duplicative efforts. With network assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), the flag- from an exercise or training event can ally done this — an amphibious assault
said. was closed in 2011, with its organizations firewall protection, more than 190,000 ship for BA12, and any of the other opera- move to actual doctrine. At the conclu- — have learned. We are doing a lot of
Hudson’s efforts were echoed by the relocating to Aberdeen Proving Ground, users from branches and organizations tional commanders via Voice over Secure sion of Bold Alligator, NWDC’s analysts research now on better ways to access
leadership of the Navy Recruiting Dis- Md., and other installations. across the DoD can share official unclassi- IP (VoSIP), part of the robust Digital Radio will study the results of the exercise to and link information.”
tricts of Jacksonville, Fla., and Chicago, Organizations, including some com- fied information and collaborate. Management System. DRMS provides recommend changes in training or doc-
who created their own milWiki portals. mands from the former Fort Monmouth “In this challenging fiscal environment, high-fidelity communications regardless trine, as well as suggest new concepts. In NCAMS Navy Continuous
Peter Gillis, who serves as the com- community, leveraged milSuite to build it is important that the DoD leverages of users’ geographic location. this way, Kraft explained, NCAMS helps Training Environment
munity manager for civilian informa- and update living archives through a mil- existing proven technologies to enable Bold Alligator 2012 was the largest bring the future to the operational level
tion technology (IT) professionals in Book group or a collection of milWiki arti- the workforce to work more efficiently,” amphibious exercise conducted by the of war. “We are only as good as we inno- Doctrine is “tested” and forces are
the Marine Corps, created a group on cles. Other Fort Monmouth commands Curran said. Navy/Marine Corps team in at least the vate,” Kraft added. trained through the Navy Continuous
milBook to serve as a virtual workspace used different capabilities to capture “milSuite does this by making more last 10 years, revitalizing and reinforcing Changing doctrine requires approval Training Environment (NCTE), a model-
for his colleagues stationed around the knowledge. In this regard, the expertise data, information and knowledge avail- the Navy and Marine Corps’ traditional through the Navy and Marine Corps ing and simulation infrastructure that
world. Users can share documents in this of departing leaders and the specialized able and timely, enhancing the decision role as “fighters from the sea.” BA12, chains of command, warfare centers of provided a challenging scenario for BA12.
workspace to diminish the number of knowledge of subject matter experts can making process and enabling collabora- which included the full gamut of mari- excellence and fleet commanders, “But NCTE is a robust, high-speed, switched
emails they need to send. be captured on virtual documents within tion outside of the office space.” time operations, ran from Jan. 30 through you have to start somewhere, and that’s global IP network that provides reliable
"The collaborative opportunities pro- milSuite and are easily accessible to new Feb. 12, 2012, and the Navy/Marine Corps what we do here,” Kraft said. bandwidth and a complete simulation of
vided by milSuite give us a chance to save employees. Registration for milSuite is open to DoD team didn’t disappoint. the entirety of war, meaning the complete
money and time,” Gillis said. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine military, civilian and contractor person- There was so much high drama on the battlespace with all the dynamic systems,
The online group offers Gillis a cost- Command (TRADOC) uses milWiki to nel at https://www.milsuite.mil. open seas and littorals during BA12, it Gather, Observe, Analyze physical models and environmental fac-
effective way to boost productivity and promote online collaboration for Army would be easy to overlook the shore com- A lot of focus is centered on the tors, as well as everyone operating inside
communicate across continents by cut- field manuals, allowing the knowledge Emily Gee is a staff writer supporting the Army’s mands that supported the exercise. But advanced technology in an exercise — it.
ting down on email traffic and the need and experiences of Soldiers to be rap- Program Executive Office for Command, Control there were many supporting elements to the aircraft, ships and equipment — but Darrel Morben, NWDC’s director for
for face-to-face meetings. idly incorporated into doctrine. In 2010, and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). BA12. so much of what is important about BA12 Modeling and Simulation, said NCTE
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supports live, virtual and constructive Expeditionary Brigade with fuel and
training that can operate 24 hours a day, other supplies. Because once the Marines
365 days per year. In the last year, NCTE achieve their amphibious landing, “You
enabled more than 350 training events. have to be able to resupply them,” Kraft
In some cases, events were conducted said.
simultaneously, but, Morben said, “Bold Realism was reinforced with role play
Alligator has maxed out NCAMS. How ers who took on the parts of non-govern
ever, by reaching out to other NCTE loca mental organizations, or NGOs, that pro
tions, such as the II Marine Expeditionary vided aid to stricken civilian populations.
Force Simulation Center at Camp Lejeune, There were also role players who advised
we are able to bring together all the commanders on the legal aspects of
required training capability.” engagement, and others who repre
It is easy to understand why a simula sented political advisers from the State
tion network was needed. The sheer Department.
number of assets in BA12 was breathtak White said commanders had to deter
ing — 20,000 personnel participated; mine if threats were real or benign — was
a “D-Day” amphibious landing, where that a fishing boat on the horizon or an
more than 3,600 Marines, Sailors and imminent terrorist attack? He explained
Coast Guardsmen representing 11 coun that even daily press reports were gen
tries scaled beaches in Virginia and North erated so commanders could see how
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 1, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 maneu-
Carolina during a complex training sce the fictional local population viewed
vers on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator
nario; 25 ships at sea conducted the full VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Feb. 8, 2012) Darrel Morben, director of modeling and simulation for the their actions — were they welcomed or
2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin.
range of maritime operations, as well as Navy Warfare Development Command, briefs media outlets about exercise Bold Alligator 2012. resented?
synthetic ships and personnel operating Bold Alligator, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and
in the overall training scenario. Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on BA12 Communications
NCTE is dynamic and exercise con today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. This exercise “An exercise of this size doesn’t happen without the efforts of all the Sailors
will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North and Technology
trollers were able to stimulate the live and Marines at the planning and tactical level to make sure the equipment
Carolina. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua T. Rodriguez.
action by injecting unknowns into play. Cmdr. Keith “Keebler” Holihan, from
Even though the exercise’s main compo Strike Force Training Atlantic, and Lt. Col.
is ready to go. They make all of us look good. It’s the people that check the
nents were known ahead of time, BA12 Fictional nations were a part of the were pulled from units in Marine Corps Daniel “Gonzo” Seibel, from Marine Air communications, get the ships underway — and keep them underway — that
participants were challenged to think BA12 scenario, but the action was real. Special Operations Command and Ground Task Force (MAGTF) 26, explained allows us to do all this highfalutin command and control. It really does come
agilely throughout the exercise, mainly Even when threats were synthetically force recon troops from the 24th MEU. that in preparation for the exercise, the
by throwing asymmetric threats at them, generated via the NCTE, naval forces had The forces were used for "shaping" Navy and Marine Corps team staged
down to the individual Sailor and Marine.”
said Michael “Mort” White, plans and sim to respond in a realistic way. While the fic operations or for missions designed to a two-day rehearsal to make sure that – NWDC Commander Rear Adm. Terry B Kraft
ulation director, from Commander, Strike tional 1st Mechanized Infantry Division of prepare the shoreline and areas inland communications between participants,
Force Training Atlantic. White is referred aggressor nation Garnet invaded Amber for the arriving Marine Corps troops. including the Enterprise Carrier Strike
to as the “puppet master” — one of the and Amber called for help, real Navy and • Other operations included long-range Group, 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibi moved the ball forward with real-time was, instead of doing these certifications
controllers of the exercise who “harasses” Marine Corps assets responded. In secur insertions, non-combatant emergency ous Ready Group, worked well together, full-motion video on board the carrier, individually, to bring them together, add
or “surprises” the operational command ing Amber, naval forces were faced with evacuations, tactical recovery of air as well as with coalition partners. Kraft said. "They were able to watch live another layer through simulation, and
ers in the exercise by forcing them to a variety of challenges which tested the craft and personnel (TRAP), visit, board, Rear Adm. Kraft called Voice over Secure video from a helicopter’s FLIR (Forward we were able to multiply the training
react to asymmetric threats, such as a concepts of seabasing and maritime search and seizure (VBSS) and amphibi IP — the “biggie” — the most important Looking Infrared Radar) system, down exponentially.”
swarm of fast attack boats, pirates, smug dominance, and they responded in the ous raids. communications tool in the exercise. load it real-time and then provide it to Kraft praised the Navy/Marine Corps
glers or other unknowns. following examples. “In the old days we used STU phones the commander. They didn’t have to wait team for their hard work.
White manned a terminal with other • Marines from the 24th Marine Expe Seabasing (secure telephone unit for encrypted until an aircraft landed to download the “An exercise of this size doesn’t happen
exercise controllers in the “ring of fire,” ditionary Unit (MEU) raided a terror Seabasing is defined as the rapid deliv communications). STU was a classified footage. without the efforts of all the Sailors and
a raised platform in the middle of the ist training camp, separated enemies ery of follow-on equipment to the assault phone in which you inserted and turned "Additionally, the video from the P-3s Marines at the planning and tactical level
NCAMS lab. Strike Force Training Atlan from noncombatants, gathered intel force by a maritime prepositioning force, a key and normally ended up with very went straight to a common data link to make sure the equipment is ready to
tic, reporting to U.S. Fleet Forces Com ligence and disposed of bomb-making which does not necessarily require access garbled sound. Now you pick up a VoSIP system. In both training and live events, go. They make all of us look good.
mand, is responsible for training and cer equipment. to airfields or ports in theater. As part of phone and can talk clearly person-to-per everybody is always hungry for visuals — "It’s the people that check the commu-
tifying Atlantic Fleet carrier strike groups, • Amphibious craft and thousands of U.S. the seabasing effort, Naval Expedition son. We still have chat and other secure whether it is still photos or live video — nications, get the ships underway — and
amphibious ready groups and indepen Marines and British and Canadian com ary Forces included Riverine units, intel communications, but being able to pick so we are really progressing in that area.” keep them underway — that allows us to
dently deploying surface ships. Its train mandos deployed from multiple ships ligence exploitation teams, maritime civil up a phone and have a direct conversa do all this highfalutin command and con-
ing counterpart for the Pacific Fleet is Tac to the shores of North Carolina follow affairs units, explosive ordnance disposal tion with immediate feedback is criti The Blue-Green Team trol. It really does come down to the indi-
tical Training Group Pacific in San Diego. ing a week at sea practicing all facets of (EOD), port security units and Seabees, cal. We had to install some towers near BA12’s live training, which is more costly vidual Sailor and Marine.”
White explained that the scenario used amphibious operations. The exercise's which all contributed to support Marine Onslow Beach (North Carolina) for line of than simulated training, proved to be a
in BA12 was a standard “Treasure Coast” scope and scale were last seen during landing forces. sight ability, but VoSIP has been key.” tremendous value.
training exercise for carrier strike groups the opening days of Operation Iraqi Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships Another technology improvement is in “The beauty of Bold Alligator was that Sharon Anderson is the senior editor of
leading to certification or readiness for Freedom. were integrated to simulate sustainment intelligence, surveillance and reconnais all of the units had to go to sea to do CHIPS magazine. Contact CHIPS staff at
deployment. • Real-world special operations elements and reinforcement of the 2nd Marine sance. “The Enterprise Strike Group really their certifications anyway, so the idea firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TOOLS Imagine a scenario in which you are tasked with a multimillion-dollar soft-
ware acquisition. You have limited experience with enterprise software terms
and conditions or market pricing, and you do not know the government’s
acquisition history about the software you intend to purchase.
TO ACHIEVE THE I
f your time, funding and resources are con-
strained, you may be forced to accept the
vendor’s quote and the software publisher’s
standard terms and conditions, and hopefully
The first step in the requirements phase is to have
the end-use technical and management teams
BEST VALUE IN
achieve some additional value as a result of basic identify and finalize current and future requirements.
research and negotiation. But even when you have This requires familiarity with the product, software
sufficient time, funding and resources for a more publisher licensing terms, desired licensing metric,
methodical approach, where do you begin? customer operating environment and the customer’s
To provide assistance, the Department of Defense planned physical, system or operational changes.
Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) developed the Also, prepare to answer the following questions:
Best Value Toolkit for commercial software acquisi-
tion. It includes a disciplined process, tools, guidance » Does this purchase include all the products and
and recommendations that enable an IT buyer to tools needed to fulfill current requirements?
obtain the “best value” on large enterprise software » What additional items or licenses might be
acquisitions. The toolkit is available at www.esi. needed, now or later?
mil/bestvaluetoolkit. A best value acquisition of » Can usage requirements be consolidated across
high-dollar enterprise software, whether spanning organizations, commands, outside the organiza-
a period of two months or 12, can be broken down tion, etc.?
into four key areas: establishing requirements, ref- » Is there a licensing or usage metric (per proces-
erencing existing contracts, identifying target price sor, named user, employee, enterprise license,
and terms, and planning for negotiation with pricing concurrent device, etc.) that best fits the needs?
and terms and conditions. If not, can the requirements be adjusted? Is this
software needed for one specific application or
can it be combined with other applications or
processes? For multiple uses? Are development
or user rights required?
» Is a perpetual license, term license or Software as
a Service (SaaS) model preferred?
By Floyd Groce and John Zettler
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Referencing Existing Contracts cerning acquisition planning and identify trends for What is ESI?
software vendor pricing and licensing methods.
Researching existing contracts or schedules that Data from prior government transactions can also The Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initia-
include basic terms and conditions and some estab- be leveraged, provided that key elements of similar
lished pricing guidelines for comparable purchases acquisitions, discount levels or key terms and condi-
tive is an official DoD program sponsored by the DoD
can provide an effective frame of reference. If the tions are comparable. If no historic transaction is simi- Chief Information Officer (CIO) to save time and money
initial acquisition was relatively uneventful, then there lar, the target price and terms and conditions could on purchases of commercial software, IT hardware and
is a framework for avoiding some of the major pitfalls be extrapolated from existing known values. Use the
experienced in commercial software licensing. Such following key criteria to identify and prioritize similar services. Through its joint team of experts, ESI consoli-
contracts include DoD ESI/SmartBUY blanket purchase transactions: dates requirements and establishes agreements with IT
agreements (BPAs) and organizational enterprise
licenses and volume purchase agreements. Baselines » Dollar value of the transaction; providers, resulting in a unified contracting and vendor
for price and terms and conditions can be established » Type of license and license restrictions; management strategy across the entire department.
against which improvements can be sought and bet- » Total contract value, including all option years,
In its first 10 years of operation, DoD ESI has generated
ter value obtained by examining existing contracts in product options, maintenance and support;
the context of the following checklist: » Discount percentage — from list price to GSA more than $4 billion in cost avoidance as compared
schedule and ESI/SmartBUY base prices; with prices established on the General Services Admin-
» How does the contract price compare to the » Product list, including quantities;
vendor’s list price? How long is it valid? Are » Licensing metric, such as named user, per processor istration Federal Supply Schedule.
discounts available for larger orders? What are or per server;
future period prices? » Identification of contingencies, performance claus-
» Do the licensing and usage metrics (per processor, es, acceptance criteria and solution guarantees; and
named user, etc.) match the requirements? If not, is » Time of year (relative to vendor fiscal periods).
it easier to change requirements or seek a different
Planning to Negotiate
» What are the contract terms? Are they transfer- Armed with pricing, terms and conditions, you should
rable? Are previous software orders placed under be well-prepared to enter negotiations with the soft-
this contract available for review? What terms and ware vendor. Understanding the nuances of the trans-
conditions were modified or added? Were any action from the seller’s perspective can also help with
restrictions added? proposing arrangements desirable to the seller, while financial incentives to segregate the license transac-
» What specific information or insights can the satisfying the requirements of the end user. tion from consulting services because potential claims
cognizant contracting officer(s) for the contract Term licensing and SaaS licensing are very different tied to performance of consulting services could make
vehicle or individual orders provide? from perpetual license grants because they essentially the transaction ineligible to be recorded as current
ESI’s Best Value Toolkit limit negotiation options to price, products included, revenue. That said, it is still an effective strategy to
licensing metric and license restrictions. negotiate labor rates for future unspecified services
Identifying Target Prices and Terms ESI’s Best Value Toolkit (www.esi.mil/ When negotiating a perpetual software license, at the time of license negotiations, including separate
In the event that price, terms and conditions data some important requirements, such as intellectual rates for qualified vendor personnel versus the poten-
about recent, similar transactions are not available,
bestvaluetoolkit) emphasizes review, property ownership, transaction revenue recognition, tial need for subcontractors to assist later.
there are two resources that might be helpful — analysis and decision making based on definition of user rights and timing of the transaction There is no reason to be intimidated by large enter-
industry guidance and historic government transac- software requirements and fit, price, relative to the seller’s fiscal accounting periods, can prise software transactions. Simply follow the steps
tion data. affect the financial value to the seller or possibly be outlined in this article, gain some insight into the
Look for a resource, such as an industry analyst, that terms and conditions, and total cost of non-negotiable depending on specific circumstances. nuances of software publishing and take advantage
offers software acquisition benchmarks and guidance. ownership. The toolkit includes a road- Knowing these issues up-front can help in give-and- of the information and resources available at www.
These firms can provide general information con- take negotiations that create a win-win situation for esi.mil to ensure that the acquisition can be com-
map, guidance, informational checklists both parties. In any case, it is advantageous to negoti- pleted within the framework defined by the Federal
and worksheets, and a library of tools to ate ancillary items such as software maintenance Acquisition Regulation as a best value purchase.
and support; training and education; and consulting
be used during the acquisition process
services, including projected pricing for the life of the Floyd Groce is director of commercial IT strategy for the
to help attain best value. It also identi- deal, along with the software license purchase, while Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON
fies resources to assist with any step of there is still the greatest leverage. CIO) and co-chair of the Department of Defense Enter-
Consulting services, however, are a unique element prise Software Initiative (DoD ESI) program. John Zettler
the acquisition process. in license acquisition. The vendor has very strong provides support to DoD ESI.
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Data-centric SolutionS are changing navy recruiting Figure 1. PRIDE
Revolutionary mobile capability for recruiters on the go … and much more exchanges data
with NRC and four
By the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) Public Affairs Office
"NRS Modesto unleashed!” That was roughly 4,500 strong — had been relying Case in Point: Electronic Scheduling to streamline Navy
the reaction of Petty Officer Martin Benitz on a 1974 Fortran version of PRIDE to of ASVAB Exams for Navy Applicants
as he experienced the Navy’s newest process U.S. Navy applicant data. These An important step in the Navy recruit accessions
mobile recruiting capabilities. The Navy data are very detailed (e.g., aptitude, aca recruiting process requires all processing. The
Recruiting Station (NRS) in Modesto, Calif., demic test scores, color perception, etc.) applicants to take the DoD’s Armed
was one of the first stations to implement and were manually entered into PRIDE graphic shows only
Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
the Mobile Recruiting Initiative (MRI), at many different touch points along the (ASVAB) exam, which measures a representative
the Navy’s revolutionary IT solution for recruiting and accessions process.
arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, sampling of
recruiters. Because of this complexity, NRC was
comprehension and mathematics.
The MRI uses wireless computing with incurring numerous processing ineffi
Today, Navy field recruiters can register
3G (third-generation mobile communica ciencies and escalating costs in an effort
tions) connectivity and merges digital to ensure ongoing data quality. For exam an applicant, process the applicant’s between systems.
data with the Navy Recruiting Command’s ple, each year approximately 2,800 appli military entrance information, and
(NRC) core applications: WebRTools and cants erroneously passed through the schedule the applicant’s ASVAB exam
the Personalized Recruiting for Immedi PRIDE system and into boot camp. This — all within a seamless transaction. The
ate and Delayed Enlistment Moderniza problem, largely traceable to inadequate behind-the-scenes technology making
tion (PRIDE MOD). The result is an effec data exchange and validation, costs the this possible is PRIDE MOD’s complex,
tive Web-based capability that allows Navy about $117 million annually. real-time data sharing environment that “In order for NRC’s process to be cen- and Navy Personnel Records Manage- • The applicant is announced by PRIDE
faster, more ubiquitous prospecting and In addition, accession data accuracy is interfaces core recruiting, accessions, tered around applicants and recruiters ment (PERS-3). MOD as “ready to ship” and the pro-
processing of U.S. Navy applicants. critical because it determines the job rat training and personnel applications. — instead of computer systems — our This approach enabled NRC to replace cessing for shipping takes place within
Previous to the combination of PRIDE ings and programs for which an enlisted developers needed to make five legacy the legacy PRIDE system, where data MEPS eSOA/MIRS.
MOD and MRI, field-level recruiters could applicant is best qualified. Last year NRC software systems talk to PRIDE in real was embedded in the application, with • Once the applicant arrives at Recruit
gather only limited information on appli processed more than 43,000 applicants, inbound recruit’s anticipated “ship” date time,” said Jeff Bowell, recruiting and flexible data exchanges using Navy stan- Training Command, PRIDE MOD passes
cants through a time-intensive process resulting in a total of 33,444 accessions. to the Recruit Training Command (RTC) in accessions assistant program manager dards. To support NRC’s real-time busi- the applicant’s electronic record data
of multiple meetings at the applicant’s Given this size and scale, information Great Lakes, Ill., the Navy’s only bootcamp. with PMW 240, the office responsible for ness process for enlistments, PRIDE MOD to NSIPS, CeTARS and WebRTools so all
home or at one of 1,450 recruiting sta integrity is a top priority. Some key efficiency benefits resulting PRIDE acquisition efforts. allows full Web-enabled communication systems have the same information.
tions nationwide. Each meeting had to With Phase I of PRIDE MOD in opera from PRIDE MOD are: “PRIDE MOD’s data exchanges with with its partners across all aspects of the
be manually scheduled, and all resulting tion, NRC seamlessly shares accessions • A more seamless, automated process partner systems are triggered by various accession process. Interface Development
information compiled over time was data with its business partners and Navy for initiating a Sailor’s Electonic Ser transactions and events. For example, The following examples show the Challenges and Lessons Learned
entered into various systems that were human resources and training systems. vice Record (ESR); when a recruiter uses PRIDE MOD seamless data exchange enabled by
tied to a particular NRS. When an appli “Before [PRIDE MOD], the accessions • Common applicant data across key to project an applicant, the system PRIDE MOD: Exchanging data from one set of legacy
cant’s information was complete and workflow was weighted down with phone systems associated with recruiting sends USMEPCOM’s accessions data • A new applicant record is created applications to another, particularly when
finally ready for processing, the required tag, multiple call backs and other delays,” and accessions; environment [eSOA/MIRS] a projection in WebRTools to include all the data the applications were never designed to
forms were faxed to assigned U.S. Military said Kevin Sullivan, NRC chief information • Data is entered once, signifcantly qualification and enlistment message. Or, needed to access an individual in interact, is a complex task. Add the lack of
Entrance Processing Command (USMEP officer (CIO). “Now, we’re definitely saving reducing enlistment data errors; submitting the applicant’s shipping con- PRIDE MOD and the MEPS service a common data structure or definitions to
COM) sites. time in transitioning an applicant from • Eliminates faxing documentation and firmation message to CeTARS (Corporate oriented architecture/Integrated share data, plus random errors associated
Administrative personnel then manu civilian to Sailor.” data entry and re-entry by recruiters, Enterprise Training Activity Resource Sys- Resource System (eSOA/MIRS) acces- with years of manual data entry, and a
ally transcribed the printed information That’s because PRIDE MOD is a sig processors, classifiers and Defense tem), followed by an enrollment transac- sions data environment. significant challenge awaits any software
into both the mainframe-based PRIDE nificantly improved recruit classification Department processors; and tion at RTC, triggers PRIDE MOD to send a • Data in WebRTools are electronically development team. Furthermore, NRC
system and the MEPS Information and reservation capability that captures • Enables significant progress toward final strength gain notification to NSIPS,” forwarded to PRIDE MOD and MEPS owns only WebRTools and PRIDE MOD;
Resource System (MIRS). Since the initial enlisted applicant qualifications and then data integration within the Deputy Bowell explained. eSOA/MIRS, and data exchanges occur the other accessions systems are owned
installment of PRIDE MOD in May 2011, matches them to available ratings, deter Chief of Naval Operations for Man The core of the solution involved replac- frequently and seamlessly between by separate commands and are hosted in
however, this legacy process has become mined by the needs of the Navy and “A” power, Personnel, Training and Educa ing legacy PRIDE software components the two systems throughout applicant different geographic regions.
history. School seat availability. tion (OPNAV N1) domain. with a Navy Marine Corps Intranet com- processing (e.g., recording individual Addressing the size and scope of
The system also processes incentives pliant application that uses commercial results of aptitude and medical tests). challenges associated with PRIDE MOD
The Path to Digital Recruiting and waivers as required and makes “A” Breaking the Language Barrier off-the-shelf, service oriented architec- • Once all the prerequisites for an appli- involved 20 months of systems analysis,
As the information above shows, PRIDE School reservations. Sailors enter “A” Imagine assembling five people of ture components. The functions and data cant’s enlistment are completed, Navy design and development. The technical
MOD is an integral part of NRC’s strategic School following boot camp to learn the diverse cultures and languages into one capture inherent in the recruiting and classifiers use PRIDE MOD to assign a team used the popular, domain-inde-
plan to transition from pre-Information specialized skills required for the duties room and then asking them to instantly accessions process were separated into job to the new applicant using the Rat- pendent Extensible Markup Language
Age systems and processes to digital they will be performing. Finally, PRIDE communicate effectively. This analogy distinct application services accessible via ing Identification Engine (RIDE) Web (XML) and DON standards to format
tools that facilitate anytime, anywhere MOD is enabling Navy recruiters to search sums up the task of the PRIDE MOD tech Web interfaces to USMEPCOM, the Navy service and to select an appropriate data exchanges with Navy and business
recruiting. Today’s Navy recruiters — for enlisted job quotas based on the nical team. Education and Training Command (NETC) date for the applicant to ship to RTC. partners. In addition, the software devel-
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opment and application hosting teams
collaborated on the engineering pack
About the Sea Warrior Program The Software Communication Architecture –
SC4 – the software
age to capture the infrastructure hosting PRIDE MOD is an application within the Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240)
Advancing the Field of Software Defined Radio
requirements of PRIDE MOD and config portfolio of information technology (IT) systems the Navy uses to recruit, train, pay, developer’s dream
ure the system interfaces. By JPEO JTRS Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Directorate
promote, move, retire, and support personnel and deliver Distance Support IT to the
While restructuring data for different Fleet. The PMW 240 Program is part of the Navy Program Executive Office for
targeted system schemas is a major The Software Communication Architecture (SCA) is an open- technological advancements and lessons learned in the field of
undertaking itself, the largest challenge Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) which develops, acquires, and deploys architecture specification that defines the interactions between software defined radio since the release of SCA 2.2.2, the frame
to PRIDE MOD proved to be testing the seamless enterprise-wide IT systems with full life cycle support for the warfighter software applications and radio hardware platforms. The SCA work remained relatively static and was extended to include a
interfaces in a representative operating and business enterprise. framework has guided the development and evolution of the small subset of the candidate new features.
environment. To effectively simulate live Sea Warrior Program Public Affairs Office software defined radio domain, and its concepts have been The latest specification release, commonly known as SCA4,
transactions, the software developers used within multiple industries, products and countries beyond incorporates a wider range of resolutions, significantly optimizes
needed to build XML “stubs” to mimic Email: email@example.com the Defense Department community. the framework and improves a programmer’s ability to develop
data sent to PRIDE from partner systems. Phone: (703) 604-5400 A primary goal of military software defined radios is to mini software defined radios efficiently. The modular nature of SCA4
For example, once PRIDE received mize the level of effort required in migrating software applica builds in flexibility for the evolution of SCA-compliant products
an applicant’s record from WebRTools tions to different radio platforms, in other words: to maximize and the standard itself as technology and requirements change.
and sent the record to MEPS, the eSOA/ Whether Navy recruiters are mobile or desk-bound, application portability. The SCA establishes the infrastructure In addition, SCA 4 is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach so
MIRS application would then search for PRIDE MOD is always ready to hire. to achieve this objective. An SCA-based software defined radio product developers will be able to “right size” their SCA-based
existing data on that individual. Then, an enables enhanced software portability and provides a standard infrastructure so that more energy can be focused on providing
XML stub built by the interface partner ized infrastructure for software deployment and configuration mission specific solutions. The new standard builds on a decade
containing the individual’s requisite data — while ensuring interoperability between SCA products. SCA of expertise and makes the SCA even more relevant in today’s
was returned to PRIDE. components may be extended by the Joint Tactical Radio Sys market of resource constrained systems with the ever increas
All interface testing proceeded in this tem application program interfaces (APIs) to provide platform ing need for secure mobile communications. With the breadth
way, based on the documentation and specific capabilities. As depicted in Figure 1, the SCA and JTRS of potential SCA based target platforms and applications, SCA4
business rules provided by the partner APIs promote waveform portability and reuse by isolating the broadens its applicability beyond U.S. military software defined
system owners. Additionally, differences waveform application from the radio set. radios.
between documentation and actual code
for interfacing Web services necessitated How SCA4 was Developed SCA4 Benefits, Advantages and Expectations
numerous recurring changes to PRIDE’s It’s been more than 10 years since the first iteration of SCA and This newest framework, SCA4, emphasizes flexibility and scal
interfaces and then retesting. more than five years since the release of the previous version of ability throughout the specification. From a system developer
Looking toward PRIDE MOD II, all stake the specification, SCA 2.2.2. While there have been numerous perspective, the flexibility can be used to innovate and provide
holders are applying important lessons
learned from the initial development. Figure 1. The SCA and JTRS APIs promote waveform portability and reuse by isolating the waveform application from the radio set.
First, interface partners are engaging with
the technical team early in the process
before any application code is generated,
and signed internal agreements will sup
port the test management process. Sec
ond, the team will establish test instances
at each interface site to discover issues
associated with Web service transactions
and address them early. This will ensure
partner systems generate actual error
messages if an XML transaction cannot
be processed, thereby reducing rework
costs and avoiding project delays.
NRC continues to build on PRIDE MOD
as an important information technology
foundation for “street-to-fleet” recruiting.
Future PRIDE MOD capabilities being
considered include electronic forms
technology, applicant identification via
biometrics, workflow management tools
for paperless processing, and integration CHULA VISTA, Calif. (March 2, 2012) Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Justin Gonzales and Chief
of officer and enlisted active and Reserve Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brad Woodard, assigned to the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration
component processes. team, the Leap Frogs, perform a bi-plane maneuver during a training day at Brown Field Municipal
Whether Navy recruiters are mobile or Airport. The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform aerial parachute demonstrations in
desk-bound, PRIDE MOD is always ready support of Naval Special Warfare and Navy recruiting. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
to hire. Specialist 1st Class Michelle Turner. Figure 1. Software defined radio architecture using the SCA.
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Sailor Stores PII in Commercial Facility;
Fails to Pay the Bill
By Steve Muck
he following is a recently reported personally identifi- Actions Taken
Figure 2 – The new technology and features introduced in SCA4.
able information (PII) data breach involving a Sailor
solutions which are appropriately tailored to a particular prod- will become even more apparent for systems with applications who improperly handled PII. Incidents such as this one The records had to be reviewed to identify the extent and serious-
uct. For the radio user, the flexibility permits customization and that require hundreds of port connections. will be reported in CHIPS magazine to increase PII awareness. ness of the PII breach. Names of more than 2,800 personnel with
extension of the features and capabilities of the original product. Security aware customers will be pleased with the informa- Names have been changed or omitted, but details are factual associated personally identifiable information were identified.
Notable new SCA4 core features include lightweight com- tion assurance enhancements in SCA4. The original pull model and based on reports sent to the Department of the Navy A list of personnel with high-risk PII elements, such as Social
ponents, profiles, static ports, push model registration, intra- approach allowed access points to vulnerable system data. Chief Information Officer Privacy Office. Security number, date of birth and place of birth, reduced the
application connectivity and Common Object Request Broker SCA4’s push model pattern eliminates the possibility of clients total number of personnel who were considered at risk for poten-
Architecture (CORBA) neutrality as depicted in Figure 2. requesting information they should not have and removes sus- tial identity fraud to 1,200. The DON CIO Privacy Office deter-
The SCA4 lightweight components can lower the cost of ceptible access points. Security-minded developers of earlier The Incident mined that notifications to the high-risk personnel were required.
software defined radios with the new optional inheritance versions of the SCA no longer have to manage these challenges A Sailor removed several boxes of personnel and training Approximately half the high-risk personnel had left the command
technology, which reduces software development and main- in SCA4, it’s simply built-in, and enables a cyber-hardened SCA4, records from his command and stored them, along with his and in those cases, home addresses were researched. The irre-
tenance. Previously, the developer was required to implement software defined radio without increasing cost and battery personal gear, in an off-base commercial facility. Months sponsible Sailor was punished for mishandling PII and failure to
all of the inherited interfaces even though all of the inherited consumption. passed during which time the Sailor failed to pay his monthly follow DON policy in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974.
interfaces may not have been necessary. For example, an SCA Suppose you want your software defined radio application storage fee. While the bills remained unpaid, the Sailor trans-
2.2.2 Resource Interface inherits the TestableObject Interface to connect to another application running on the radio. SCA4 ferred to a new command. After a several months-long delin-
and needs to implement the runTest operation regardless of introduces intra-application connectivity to connect multiple quency period, the storage facility auctioned off the property Lessons Learned
whether or not the component provides a test capability. applications for sharing and exchanging information. This per- to a church. In assessing the contents, the church discovered » Unless it is your own, personally identifiable information
SCA4 allows the developer to only include the interfaces mits the inclusion of tactical mobile apps, such as those found hundreds of documents containing PII and notified the base should never be taken home.
necessary for the implementation, eliminating unused or unde- in the U.S. Army’s Marketplace, an Android-based app store, to security officer who then retrieved the boxes and reported » PII must be physically secured at all times.
rutilized code. With SCA4, the developer would not include be deployed on military software defined radios and intercon- the incident as a PII breach. » A breach of this magnitude requires extensive administra-
TestableObject within the interface inheritance hierarchy and nected with military applications. The SCA4’s new connectivity tive work to mitigate.
not be required to implement a runTest operation. An optional options are ideal for handling communication to these external » Supervisors must monitor their workplace and be mindful
inheritance’s benefit is the reduction in the number of appli- apps seamlessly via the Android presentation layer. that subordinates need continual training and supervision.
cable requirements; however, one should not lose sight of the The most anticipated stance in SCA4 was leniency on requir- » Paper and electronic records must be reviewed on a routine
fact that the savings associated with this feature are distributed ing specific middleware technologies, namely CORBA. The SCA basis for retention or destruction.
across the entire software development life cycle. no longer mandates the usage of CORBA as the sole middleware » The DON CIO Privacy Office can provide assistance in finding
Users that demand minimal boot-up times will benefit from option. CORBA is still a viable alternative for SCA platforms and addresses of personnel who have transferred to a new com-
the introduction of the “push” model design pattern in SCA4. applications, but the SCA4 provides mechanisms to extend the mand or have left the service.
The SCA was originally developed with a client-side “pull” design specification with additional transfer mechanisms.
pattern which required components to register with the frame- SCA4 transcends the boundaries of software developers and Similar acts of carelessness are frequently reported to the
work upon entry to the domain and then the framework would architects with mass appeal through a model driven architec- DON CIO Privacy Office. While this particular incident caused
query the component for information needed to complete the ture approach. A specific industry could tailor its own platform a number of people a substantial amount of administrative
deployment process. Within the SCA4’s push model approach, specific model from SCA4 by detailing which options and fea- work, the department is fortunate in that a responsible person
when a component registers with the framework it is able to tures are right for its system. SCA4 takes the next step in stream- returned the documents to government control. This mini-
provide all of its information upfront. The change in the interac- lining the development and maintenance of software defined mized the potential risk to those personnel whose documents
tion model can achieve reductions in boot-up time, perhaps a radios all while promoting flexibility and security as ingrained were improperly stored. DON personnel are reminded to prop-
50 percent decrease. features. This newest standard, officially versioned as SCA 4.0, erly safeguard all PII when it is under their control and to report
The push model can be optimized even more in SCA4 by was approved by the JTRS Interface Control Working Group and any breach as soon as it is discovered.
extending it with the new static ports feature. Static ports allow the Wireless Innovation Forum Feb. 28, 2012. A complete set of The Cyber Security Division with Marine Corps Camp Lejeune implemented required training for Department
for an implementation specific approach to connection estab- SCA4 documentation, JTRS APIs, models and informative pre- of Defense personnel to increase awareness and protect the Marine Corps network. Devices such as thumb Steve Muck is the privacy lead for the Department of the Navy
drives and smart phones, when connected to a computer, are one of the many ways a government computer Chief Information Officer.
lishment. Connections can be formed in an efficient manner at sentations are available on the SCA public website: www.public.
can contract malware. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nikki Phongsisattanak.
run time or at build time which will result in more savings that navy.mil/jpeojtrs/sca/Pages/default.aspx.
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The Department of the Navy implemented phases one
and two of the Social Security Number Reduction Plan and
is now implementing phase three. This DON-wide effort
requires senior leadership’s attention and cooperation, as
well as compliance from all Sailors, Marines, civilians and
Naval message DTG 171625Z Feb 12 “Department of the
Navy Social Security Number Reduction Plan Phase Three” was
released Feb. 17, 2012, and is summarized below.
All DON business processes must meet acceptable use
criteria for continued SSN use, eliminate the SSN or transition
to the Department of Defense identification number, which
is also known as the Electronic Data Interchange Personal
Identifier Number (EDIPI), as a substitute. Acceptable use crite
Reduction ria for collecting SSNs can be found at: www.doncio.navy.mil/
All letters, memorandums, spreadsheets, hard copy lists
and electronic lists must meet the acceptable use criteria if
they include SSNs. A formal review of documents that justify Network-attached multifunction devices and scanner scan
continued use of SSNs will be required in 2015. Commands are to-email functionality may be used only if the sender can
strongly encouraged to eliminate use of SSNs or transition to verify that the intended recipients are authorized to access the
the DoD ID number now. scanned file and the MFD, or the scanner encrypts the email
When changes to a process result in the elimination of the containing the scanned file.
use of SSNs, applicable directives and instructions must be Network-attached multifunction devices and scanner scan
updated to reflect those changes. to-file or scan-to-network-share functionality may be used only
Personally identifiable information (PII) must be limited to if the sender can verify that all users are authorized to have
the minimum elements required to fulfill the purpose for access to the scanned file or network share location.
which it is intended and must never include SSNs. For example, A fundamental shift will occur when DON business practices
recall rosters should only contain names, addresses and tele rely on the DoD ID number as the unique personal identifier
By Steve Muck phone numbers. instead of the SSN. While some processes will always require
Effective Oct. 1, 2012, using a fax machine to send infor the use of an SSN as a result of certain laws, the substitution of
mation containing SSNs and other PII is prohibited. Exter the DoD ID number and other SSN reduction actions greatly
nal customers such as service veterans, Air Force and Army improve the security of PII for all DON personnel.
personnel, family members and retirees may continue to fax To download a copy of the Department of the Navy Social
documents containing the SSN to DON activities but shall be Security Number Reduction Plan Phase Three naval message,
strongly encouraged to use an alternative method. Alterna go to www.doncio.navy.mil/PolicyView.aspx?ID=3757.
tives include mailing the information via the U.S. Postal Service
and scanning. Scanned documents must be transmitted using
a secure means such as encrypted emails or the Safe Access Steve Muck is the privacy lead for the Department of the Navy
File Exchange (SAFE). Details regarding the use of SAFE can be Chief Information Officer.
found at: www.doncio.navy.mil/Products.aspx?ID=3544.
The use of network-attached multifunction devices (MFD) and
scanners to scan documents containing an SSN and other PII is
For more information about the SSN Reduction Plan,
restricted to the following limitations and prohibitions effective
Oct. 1, 2012. These restrictions do not apply to scanner/MFDs visit: www.doncio.navy.mil/privacy.
that are directly connected to a user’s workstation.
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Transforming Spectrum Management
By Thomas Kidd
U.S. Navy Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Steven Douglas, a native of
Helmstedt, Germany, assigned to Beach Master Unit 1st Detachment
merging technology has always compelled traditional Western Pacific (BMU1DETWESTPAC), communicates with the lighter
spectrum management processes to adapt and evolve. amphibious resupply cargo (LARC) vehicle as it performs a hole check Feb
The 2012 International Telecommunication Union World 13. The amphibious ready group is underway to support Cobra Gold 2012,
Radiocommunication Conference issued new international the exercise consists of multinational training events executed annually
radio regulation treaty language regarding software defined and held throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold is the
radio and cognitive radio systems. largest multilateral exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, offering more than
20 participating countries opportunities to improve interoperability. U.S.
Navy photo by MC2 Eric Crosby.
During the coming months, the United States and each
member nation of the International Telecommunication
Union will begin incorporating the decisions made during
the conference into their national regulatory processes. For capabilities for spectrum sensing: detecting the unused spec-
the United States and other nations that seek to assure their trum and sharing it without harmful interference with other
communications license holders access to specific electro- users. Depending on the local electromagnetic environment,
magnetic spectrum, these new technologies will challenge a dynamic frequency selection device will modify its behavior
the stability of the current spectrum management business to operate on some frequencies while avoiding others. During
paradigm. For industry professionals who assure their cus- the past decade, dynamic frequency selection systems have
tomers access to the electromagnetic spectrum, the emer- been introduced into some Wi-Fi technologies. This is a primi-
gence of these new technologies also poses a challenge to tive example of cognitive radio systems but, like JTRS, it too has
the spectrum management process. challenged traditional spectrum management practices.
In a software defined radio, the software defines the charac- The transformation of spectrum management business
teristics of the radio, and software waveforms may be reused processes will be led by the intersection of technological
and ported onto different radio hardware similar to computer capabilities and regulatory requirements. Spectrum manage-
applications. Traditional hardware components are replaced ment business processes will harness these two forces to put
with embedded computing devices. cognitive radio systems and software defined radios into the
hands of warfighters. Procedures for spectrum management
Cognitive radio systems obtain knowledge and then adjust will not only adapt to incorporate these new technologies, they
their operational behavior based on that information. While will transform as these technologies bring new concepts and
neither of these technologies is in widespread use today, they Software defined radios present a challenge for equip- ware profiles installed in the hardware platform. The permuta- capabilities to spectrum management.
are already affecting the traditional concepts of equipment ment certification processes because their specific operational tion of multiple platforms and multiple waveforms does not fit
certification and frequency assignment. parameters may not be determined until a software profile within the paradigm of a traditional hardware radio with finite Spectrum management business processes must incorporate
is loaded into a device. As the term software implies, this operational characteristics. aspects of behavior enforcement to ensure that the technol-
There are several steps in the Department of the Navy’s new generation of radios is not restricted to operating in the ogy acts the way operators want it to in a given situation, as
spectrum dependent systems development process during historical structure determined by design and manufacturer Cognitive radio systems present a challenge to spectrum well as support a level of autonomy for the technology to make
which the effects of the technology under development in constraints. The profiles may vary greatly depending on the management during the frequency assignment process. In its decisions without human intervention, while enabling configu-
the electromagnetic environment is assessed. The system flexibility of the software defined radio. One military software extreme implementation, a cognitive radio system automati- ration management in near real-time. The business process will
is certified to function without harming its intended opera- defined radio program, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), cally adapts its communication parameters to network and user evolve from a system of strict predetermination toward one
tional electromagnetic environment or exceeding a rigid set has been challenging the equipment certification paradigm for demands based on its interpretation of available spectrum. As based on trust.
of operational criteria. Once deployed, radio frequencies are more than a decade. The obvious benefit of this technology is the electromagnetic environment changes, the cognitive radio
assigned to that device for specific operations within pre- enhanced mission capabilities. The electromagnetic character- system’s behavior may change as well. Dynamic frequency Thomas Kidd is the lead for strategic spectrum policy for the
scribed parameters for a specific geographic location. istics of JTRS radios are dependent on specific waveform soft- selection technology is an early indication of a cognitive radio’s Department of the Navy.
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ARABIAN SEA (April 29, 2011)
Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd
Class Amanda Mondino, assigned
to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)
22, reads publications on a lap-
top as Aviation Electrician’s Mate
Enabling Business Transformation “On the Go”
Airman Christopher Carter listens
in the cockpit of an F/A-18F
Super Hornet while performing
By Dan DelGrosso and Mike Hernon maintenance on the aircraft’s
tail-hook assembly aboard the
ncreasing the ability to conduct business on the go, zation, but must also have ready access to the same informa aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson
away from a traditional office or desktop environment, tion available to senior management to make good decisions. (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by
can be a key enabler of the Department of the Navy’s A robust mobility capability is necessary to meet this require Mass Communication Specialist
business transformation process. Arming DON personnel with ment for an increasingly mobile workforce. 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza.
access to the department’s knowledge base regardless of their
location will improve effectiveness in any new or improved
business process. Telework
A robust enterprise mobility capability can improve communi Telework is one of the major business transformation initiatives
cations, save money, enhance the ability to make decisions and underway throughout the DoD. While telework is already an
facilitate organizational restructuring — all of which are critical active program, a major increase in the number of participating
business transformation rationales. personnel is expected once a new DON telework policy is
signed. This follows the signing into law of the Telework
Enhancement Act of 2010 (www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS
Leveraging the Cloud
“ Remoteinformation are basic requirements for
111hr1722enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr1722enr.pdf ) and the DoD
Mobility and business transformation can each leverage ongo Instruction 1035.01, Telework Policy of Oct. 21, 2010 and mobile communications and
ing Department of Defense (DoD) IT initiatives such as cloud or (www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/103501p.pdf ).
tablet-based computing. In a cloud environment, an organiza The new environment created by these policy changes access to
tion’s data and applications reside in centralized data centers will transform the way business is conducted with telework
and are accessed via the Internet or an intranet such as the Navy becoming a common practice, instead of one reserved for personnel to be effective when working from
Marine Corps Intranet. special situations. Telework’s benefits include supporting
There are a number of advantages to this approach. Perhaps continuity of operations, cutting costs, promoting “green” home or other locations outside the office. users buy their personal device with a supported operating
the most obvious one from an end user perspective is that the work practices and retaining qualified staff. system and can connect to a DoD network. The govern
traditional desktop computer with its large disks to store applica Without a viable mobility capability, a successful telework ment data and apps would be accessed through a secure
tions and data is replaced with zero- or thin-client devices, which program will be difficult to achieve. Remote and mobile com “sandbox” that is segregated from personal data. Moving
have no or minimal storage, respectively. This is particularly munications and access to information are basic requirements Challenges and Mitigations to the cloud will also facilitate this approach.
well-suited for a more mobile workforce as mobile devices typi for personnel to be effective when working from home or
cally do not have the processing power or storage capacity of a other locations outside the office. There are a variety of challenges in taking the department’s » Backend Infrastructure: The prevalent IT architecture is
desktop computer. mobility environment to the next level. For each challenge, oriented toward the desktop computing environment of the
In this environment, a tablet may be more useful than a however, there are actions that can be taken to mitigate the past 25 years as mainframe dumb terminals were replaced
standard desktop computer because it can have the same Is There an App for That? factors working against progress. The major challenges are: by personal computers with ever-increasing memory, stor
application functionality but with the added benefit of remov At this time, there is not a DoD app for that — yet. Typical age and processing power. This is not conducive to either a
ing the tether from the wall jack. Tablets are especially useful mobile access across the DoD today supports basic business » Information Assurance: IA remains the primary concern robust mobility model or a business transformation effort
on the move in varied settings, such as a hangar deck or on the functionality — email, calendar, tools and address books. Por for DoD IT platforms and is why the DoD is not on the because of the fragmentation and dispersal of enterprise
flight line, whereas laptops are good for access from a remote, tals may also be accessed, primarily through laptops because cutting-edge of adopting new technologies. IA can be data. Adopting the cloud model as quickly as possible will
but generally fixed location. the browsing experience and ability to work on documents improved by cloud-based mobile computing because data enable a more potent mobility capability to support busi
on a smart phone-sized screen are limited. While this level does not reside on the device. Consequently, a lost or stolen ness transformation.
of functionality has proved beneficial, the department must tablet would not result in compromised information. Accel
Organizational Transformation take it to the next level to more effectively support business erating the move to the cloud will help address IA concerns.
Flattening organizations — reducing the levels of hierarchy transformation. Moving Forward
— is a common business transformation strategy. Flattened Moving to the next level means the mobile environment » Pace of Change: The processes to certify, accredit and Business transformation can be supported and significantly en
organizational structures significantly increase decision agility by will provide the same functionality available at a traditional deploy devices that connect to DoD networks have not, hanced by enterprise mobility. As the department’s IT model itself
cutting red tape and eliminating multiple review and approval workstation and, in many instances, even more. As in the com and will never, keep up with the pace that manufacturers is transformed toward cloud computing, the role mobility plays in
steps before taking action. Empowering employees to assess the mercial sector, the key to reaching this level is the availability set. As a result, DoD is approving devices built on hardware supporting new or modified business practices will only grow.
environment and make decisions at a lower level is often a goal of feature-rich apps that are easy to use and designed for the or operating systems that are either obsolete or no longer
of organizational flattening. mobile environment. As today’s applications are redesigned commercially available. These devices have not proven to Dan DelGrosso is the director of naval networks and enterprise services,
The effectiveness of a flattened organization largely to take advantage of the cloud and thin and zero clients, the be popular with the user base. As a result, the department Office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer
depends on the ability to publish, share and discover informa department must also ensure it will be mobile friendly. This must streamline certification and accreditation and deploy Mike Hernon is the former chief information officer for the city of
tion in a timely fashion. Empowered employees must not only entails vetting and approving existing commercially available ment processes. Another approach the DoD is studying Boston. He supports the DON CIO in telecommunications and wireless
have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the organi apps for use in the DoD network environment. is the bring-your-own-device model. With this approach, strategy and policy.
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TipS FOR CREATinG 508
Compliant iT Solicitations
Provide a clear statement that the » Telecommunications products (§1194.23);
provisions of Section 508 do or do » Video and multimedia products (§1194.24);
not apply to the solicitation. It is im » Self-contained or closed products (§1194.25); and
DO portant that the solicitation documen
tation indicates if the deliverables to
» Desktop and portable computers (§1194.26).
By Sherrian Finneran be acquired are electronic information Indicate which information, documentation and support
technology (EIT) and subject to Section requirements are applicable to the EIT contract deliverables.
508. In accordance with FAR 39.203, this determination is the Solicitations for EIT equipment should identify whether infor
responsibility of the agency. mation, documentation and support requirements apply to
support the documentation and services provided by agencies
Indicate if an exception is being claimed. When claiming an ex to end users of the acquired EIT products.
ception as provided by the FAR 39.204, clearly specify this in the
solicitation and show which general exception is being claimed. Specify applicable accessibility factors as evaluation criteria.
Solicitation evaluation should be based in part on the proposal
Request accessibility information from the responder. responses to the identified Section 508 requirements and ac
Potential vendors should be asked to provide information cessibility considerations. Solicitations for EIT equipment should
about the accessibility of their EIT product through a Volunteer specify accessibility factors as part of their evaluation criteria.
Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) or a Government Product
Accessibility Template (GPAT) (available on the Information Specify accessibility factors as part of the acceptance criteria.
Technology Industry Council website at: www.itic.org). Solicitations should include a statement indicating that supplies
or services delivered as a result of the solicitation will be re
Indicate which technical standards in Subpart B of the viewed to verify they meet accessibility requirements. Potential
Section 508 Standards Guide (www.section508.gov/docs/
vendors need to be informed of these reviews and inspections.
Section%20508%20Standards%20Guide.pdf ) apply to the
EIT contract deliverables being procured, developed or
Create solicitation documents that are accessible. All docu
maintained. The technical standards are:
ments and attachments associated with an EIT solicitation
» Software applications and operating systems (§1194.21);
should be in accessible format. A service-disabled veteran
» Web-based intranet and Internet information and
owned business or other disabled vendor may be able to fulfill
applications (§1194.22); the solicitation requirements.
Create solicitations that fail to refer can and should be requested from the vendor in the form of a
ence Section 508. As noted above, it VPAT or a GPAT.
is a FAR requirement to state whether
DON’T Section 508 applies to the solicitation.
Further, once a solicitation is posted on
Request an accessibility certificate of compliance. Potential
vendors should be asked for proof of conformance with the
FedBizOpps.Gov (www.fbo.gov/?s=opp stated accessibility factor requirements through a VPAT or a GPAT.
ortunity&mode=list&tab=list), it may be A certifying body for Section 508 accessibility does not exist.
evaluated for Section 508 compliance by automated software.
ccessible information technology is Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act supports employment Not mentioning Section 508 or referring to it in a vague, non Create inaccessible solicitation documents. A service-dis
of people with disabilities, improves public access to govern specific manner may be detected. abled veteran owned business or other disabled vendor may
technology that can be used by peo ment IT, reduces the need for individual accommodations, be able to fulfill the solicitation requirements.
ple with disabilities. Electronic docu encourages improvements in accessible design, increases the Request a vendor to determine Section 508 exceptions.
availability of accessible products and raises general aware This is the responsibility of the agency and cannot be delegated Additional information about Section 508 is available at
ments, websites, software, computers, kiosks ness of disability issues. To comply with Section 508, it is essen to a vendor. www.section508.gov and the BuyAccessible.Gov website at
and other IT equipment that are inaccessible tial to understand the law, the Section 508 standards (avail www.buyaccessible.gov. The BuyAccessible website assists
able on the U.S. Access Board website at: www.access-board. Request a vendor to determine Section 508 relevance. federal agencies in determining when Section 508 applies
to people with disabilities essentially exclude gov/508.htm) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) This is the responsibility of the agency and cannot be delegated to a particular purchase and helps in conducting market
both Subpart 7.103 and Subpart 39.2. Solicitations created to a vendor. research for compliant vendors.
them from the technological advantages by the federal government to procure, develop or maintain IT
enjoyed by people without disabilities who equipment must comply with these requirements. To ensure Request a vendor to determine Section 508 applicability. Sherrian Finneran is the Department of the Navy Section 508
DON solicitations are compliant with Section 508, heed these This is the responsibility of the agency. However, assistance coordinator.
can easily access IT products. Dos and Don’ts.
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Our iNDiviDuals aND eiGht teaMs Were hONOreD skills in designing and implementing
a private Internet Protocol address
for their outstanding contributions to excellence in infor solution for the Defense Switched
mation management/information technology during the Network Voice over Internet Protocol
network for Forward Operating Base
Department of the Navy IT Conference, Jan. 24, in San Diego. (FOB) Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
The John J. Lussier Electromagnetic Spectrum Leadership award, The successful design led to the use of
this same plan and execution strategy
which recognizes superior achievement in electromagnetic spectrum by two other FOBs in Afghanistan.
management and use, was also presented at the conference.
DebOrah OlsON, program man
The annual DON IM/IT Excellence Awards recognize IM/IT projects, ager, Marine Corps Enterprise Services
teams and individuals that have helped to transform the Navy and for her superior management skills,
consolidating infrastructure support
Marine Corps through information technology. ing legacy and virtual application
DON Chief Information Officer Mr. Terry Halvorsen and DON services and data environments with
a common validation and inclusion
Deputy CIO (Navy) Ms. Janice Haith recognized the following indi process. The consolidation reduces
viduals and teams for their hard work and dedication to furthering costs, improves access to enterprise
information and provides a collab
the DON’s IM/IT strategic goals. orative sharing environment. Olson
also delivered the first Marine Corps
instance of a validated and accred
ited cloud computing environment
DaviD GreeN, senior level chief program for the U.S. Marine Corps through the achievement of the
technology advisor, Headquarters TFITS Program Office portfolio, which Marine Corps Enterprise Information
Marine Corps/C4 for his visionary includes 62 projects sponsored by Technology Services Initial Operating
leadership and support in the de seven Marine Corps organizations Capability in July 2011.
velopment of an enterprise archi and more than 600 software releases
tecture five-year strategic plan and annually with possible IA impact. CeNter fOr iNfOrMatiON
in overseeing the new Marine Corps Through his efforts, the program office DOMiNaNCe (CiD) iNfOrMatiON
winners IT Procurement Request/Review
Approval System, which facilitates
enterprise level visibility of Marine
achieved 100 percent compliance
with the DoD Information Assurance
Certification and Accreditation process
systeMs teChNiCiaN Of the
future (itOf) teaM for develop
ing a DON $134 million fully re-
Corps procurement requests. In 2011 and dramatically improved its percent sourced and implemented phased
the system facilitated the review age of fully accredited projects. Kelley IT/IA workforce strategic training
of more than 6,800 IT procurement managed the improvement of the solution that expertly balanced com
requests totaling more than $1.1 Federal Information Security Manage plex training requirements, captured
billion, achieving a cost avoidance of ment Act from 24 percent compliance and realigned enduring assets, and
more than $150 million. in early 2011 to 84 percent compliance secured funding to further DoD/
as of August 2011. DON IM/IT strategic goals. Team CID
Peter Kelley, U.S. Marine Corps designed and deployed an expand
By the Don enterprise it communications team Information Assurance (IA) Manager, Chief WarraNt OffiCer (CWO) able virtual lab network infrastruc
Total Force Information Technology 2 rafael MasalbalaDejO, U.S. ture accepted as the Navy enterprise
System (TFITS) for his outstanding Marine Corps Network Operations solution that provided cost savings
performance in managing the IA and Systems Officer for his exceptional in hardware, technical refresh and
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life cycle maintenance support to mitigate the impact of lost spec perseverance in guiding multiple or Security System (HBSS) to afloat SIPR spectrum processes and policies that DaN DelGrOssO, director, naval
estimated at $6.2 million across the trum and increased interference to ganizations to provide Navy Reserve networks and deploying HBSS to 348 benefit all DON commands within the networks and enterprise services,
Future Years Defense Program. commercial wireless service providers. Wi-Fi access to Navy Reserve Sailors U.S. Navy and Military Sealift Com PACOM AOR. Office of the Department of the Navy
at the operational level. The NNWF mand platforms in an unprecedented The John J. Lussier Electromagnetic Chief Information Officer.
CeNter fOr seal aND sPeCial Naval NetWOrK eNterPrise project is the first DoD/DON approved timeline of less than eight months. Spectrum Leadership Award is named
Warfare COMbataNt-Craft PaCifiC (NNe PaCifiC) seNiOr wide-scale deployment of commer The team ultimately provided train for the former DON Principal Deputy briG. GeN. KeviN Nally, Depart
CreWMaN (CeNsealsWCC) iM/ Chief iNfOrMatiON systeMs cial Wi-Fi to operational sites for the ing to 762 fleet operational and sup Chief Information Officer who lost ment of the Navy Deputy Chief
it teaM for significantly increasing teChNiCiaN (itCs) (seal) DaNiel purpose of completing mission and port personnel. his courageous battle with cancer in Information Officer, U.S. Marine
the commanders’ knowledge man healy COMMuNiCatiONs CeN readiness related tasking. The solution June 2009. Lussier was an advocate Corps.
agement (KM) capability by provid ter for outstanding achievement in provides secure and reliable access to rObert MarCial received the John for protecting the DON’s equities in
ing the ability to extract timely and planning, leading and executing the Navy Selected Reserve members for J. Lussier Electromagnetic Spectrum the electromagnetic spectrum and CaPt. MartiN M. MiNNiCh,
accurate data on the operational successful transition of Pacific region less money than other alternatives. Leadership Award in recognition of his advancing the DON’s strategic vision communications officer, Marine
characteristics of their units and naval and joint telecommunications superior performance as chief, Pacific for spectrum. This award is presented Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
individuals within their units, enhanc and information technology services Naval NetWOrK Warfare COM Joint Frequency Management Office, to an individual who demonstrates
ing organizational efficiency and to the ITCS (SEAL) Daniel Healy Com MaND/fleet Cyber COMMaND/ Pacific Command (PACOM). Marcial superior achievement in Navy and
operational effectiveness by improv munications Center, orchestrating PrOGraM exeCutive OffiCe was recognized for his visionary Marine Corps electromagnetic spec
ing the commanders’ employment of and executing the largest and most fOr eNterPrise iNfOrMatiON leadership and foresight in identifying trum management and use.
their units’ human capital. Addition complex theater-wide communica systeMs/sPaCe aND Naval War critical spectrum-related requirements
ally, leveraging an existing enterprise tions shift ever undertaken in the U.S. fare systeMs COMMaND (NNWC/ in the Pacific Area of Responsibility
IM/IT system saved time and money, Navy’s history. The new ITCS (SEAL) fCC/PeO-eis/sPaWar) C2 iNfOr- (AOR) and developing innovative solu
improved the KM of Naval Special Daniel Healy Communications Center, MatiON MaNaGeMeNt teaM [fOr tions to those requirements.
Warfare commanders, increased which provides automated real-time COMMaND aND CONtrOl Of the In 2011, Marcial headed the Pacific
mission effectiveness and improved situational awareness and dynamic, Navy MariNe COrPs iNtraNet Joint Frequency Management Office
electronic records management. agile management of Pacific C4I (NMCi) thrOuGh the CONtiNuity through some of the most tumultu
networks, will be better positioned to Of serviCes CONtraCt (COsC)] ous months in PACOM’s recent history. Also, five information technology
N2/N6 eNterPrise eleCtrOMaG- meet Pacific theater conflict plans and for outstanding contributions on an His leadership during PACOM’s relief leaders from the DON were among
NetiC eNvirONMeNtal effeCts operational plans well into the future. information management project efforts for Japan during Operation this year’s Federal 100 Award winners.
aND sPeCtruM MaNaGeMeNt that resulted in the development and Tomodachi (initiated as a result of the Federal Computer Week magazine
teaM for its efforts on the Electro DePartMeNt Of the Navy (DON) implementation of command and earthquake and tsunami) ensured presents the award to 100 govern
magnetic Spectrum Usage Roadmap, eNterPrise sOftWare liCeNsiNG, control (C2) processes for the NMCI. that spectrum control was complete ment and industry leaders who have
which will ensure warfighter access sOftWare asset MaNaGeMeNt The effort resulted in the integration and thorough, removing impedi played pivotal roles in effecting
to critical electromagnetic spectrum aND tOOls (esl aM&t) iPt for of government and vendor processes ments that threatened to delay the change, progress and efficiency in
resources, and the National Broad the exceptional efforts of a diverse at key flow points; common under relief effort. determining how the federal govern
band Plan, which established an enter group of Navy and Marine Corps mili standing of data and information by The ultimate result of this effort ment acquires, develops and man
prise process to assess the technical, tary and civilian personnel, who col C2 personnel; increased transparency was Mercury, the world’s first multina ages IT. The 2012 DON Fed 100 Award
operational and financial impacts and laborated and delivered four options in network status; and the integra tional online spectrum coordination winners are:
feasibility of reallocating military and for implementation of a net-centric tion of the “Operational Layer” and tool. In its first year of development,
federal radio frequencies. The team’s enterprise solution for IT asset man “Global Tactical” for network actions Mercury is set to become a local russell C. COleMaN, lead systems
effort ensured that Navy capabilities agement that could save the DON 10 supporting the warfighter and the standard for spectrum planning in engineer, Space and Naval Warfare
for training were not compromised, to 30 percent per annum within its IT network operator. disaster-relief operations by nations Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston,
resulting in minimum initial cost asset spending. in PACOM’s AOR. Marcial’s significant S.C.
avoidance of more than $2.3 billion to tasK fOrCe NiMble Matrix contributions also include leadership
develop new off-shore training ranges Navy reserve fOrCe Navy (tfNM) (hbss aCCeleratiON) initiatives such as improved spectrum CMDr. raNDy DarrOW, director,
and minimum annual recurring cost OPeratiONal suPPOrt CeNter teaM for its innovative approach to education and awareness, coordi enterprise services, Office of the
avoidance of more than $300 million NNWf teaM for the team’s superior meeting the Chief of Naval Opera nation activities with senior-level Department of the Navy Chief Infor
to train naval forces farther off shore leadership, technical acumen and tion’s mandate to field the Host Based foreign nation military personnel, and mation Officer.
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From Wounded Warrior The DON is committed to meeting
the goals of Executive Order 13548,
SPAWAR says 7% of all new Getting the greatest
generation back to
hires will be Wounded Warriors
to Civilian Employee
Increasing Federal Employment
of Individuals with Disabilities, by school and work
implementing efforts to increase
“Wounded Warriors are, by definition, tenacious and resilient. They are leaders recruitment, hiring and retention of By Tina C. Stillions, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
individuals with disabilities, including
– Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) disabled veterans and wounded warriors pace and Naval Warfare Regional Maintenance Center; Gerry large corporations to small businesses
Systems Command (SPAWAR) Borja, wounded warrior internship and nonprofits, participated in the
and Naval Medical Center San lead for Qualcomm; Trevor Blair from networking portion of the event.
edical advances have allowed million Americans living with disabilities. veterans may include: gunshot wounds, Diego hosted a senior leadership panel Manpower; and Justin Casido from Booz Representatives from Qualcomm,
combat wounded service There are currently more than 13,000 burns, amputations, paralysis, blast inju discussion and networking forum for Allen Hamilton. Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton,
members to obtain medical DON employees who have self-identified ries and sensory impairments (e.g., hear wounded warriors and service members The question and answer portion of Major Innovations, Soltek Pacific and the
treatment faster and closer to the point as having a disability. The DON is com ing and sight). Some hidden disabilities transitioning to civilian life March 15. the discussion included a broad range Workshop for Warriors were just some
of injury which has resulted in increased mitted to meeting the goals of Executive may include PTSD and TBI. The event is the second in a series of topics, from resume preparation and of the organizations providing advice or
survival rates for our servicemen and Order 13548, Increasing Federal Employ The DON is committed to support of events SPAWAR is spearheading various benefits for businesses hiring employment opportunities.
women. This means more men and ment of Individuals with Disabilities, by ing individuals with disabilities, which to provide employment support and veterans to the advantages of using "The main goal of this networking
women are returning home, and some implementing efforts to increase recruit includes both disabled veterans and mentoring opportunities for San Diego social media to find work. event is to connect warriors to
are returning with disabilities. Many are ment, hiring, and retention of individuals wounded warriors. The DON has imple area wounded warriors. The event Members of the local hiring opportunities," said Mark McLain, the
reintegrating into civilian life and seeking with disabilities. Part of the DON’s com mented an effective reasonable accom included a panel discussion with SPAWAR community said that more than 80 event organizer for SPAWAR. "Many of
employment. Some are living with visible mitment to increasing employment of modation policy which can be located at and industry leaders and a networking percent of businesses will do a Google the businesses here have some sort of
and invisible wounds due to the uncon individuals with disabilities, includes hir the following website: www.public.navy. session comprised of members of local search on a job applicant or will check veteran hiring program. They are here
ventional nature of current conflicts. ing of our wounded warriors. mil/donhr/eeo/ResourceLibrary/Pages/ businesses to discuss veteran hiring various social networking sites to see today because they care about our
Today, employers are looking for indi InstructionsandGuidance.aspx. programs, internships and employment if the candidate would be a good fit wounded warriors and want to provide
viduals who are mission and team-ori Transition to the Civilian Workforce Creating a supportive and conducive opportunities. within their organization. The panel assistance to the men and women who
ented leaders with a variety of skills and and Common Combat-related workplace environment promotes inclu was in agreement that when it came served their country and now need
experience gained from their military ser Disabilities sive practices. Mentoring, Coaching, Leading to finding employment the key is in career guidance and partners for the
vice. Our veterans bring this to the civilian SPAWAR Commander, Rear Adm. preparation and taking advantage of next chapter in their working lives. It's
workplace. The Department of the Navy Service members have experienced The guide, From Wounded Warrior to Patrick Brady opened the session the employment programs available great to be able to provide that kind of
has issued a quick reference guide, "From increased survival rates; yet, many are Civilian Employee, is available from the held at the wounded warrior barracks to veterans and transitioning service support."
Wounded Warrior to Civilian Employee," returning with physical and psychologi Department of the Navy Chief Information auditorium at Naval Medical Center San members. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
for employers, managers and supervisors cal disabilities. Some physical disabilities Officer website at www.doncio.navy.mil/ Diego (also known as Balboa Hospital). SPAWAR developed the event as part Statistics, the unemployment rate for
which provides information on how to that are common to combat exposed PolicyView.aspx?ID=3800. He compared the new generation of of its hiring initiative to ensure 7 percent young veterans ages 18 to 24 was more
successfully support veterans who have injured and recovering service members of all its new hires in 2012 are wounded than 30 percent in 2011. Part of the
transitioned to the civilian workplace. with the "greatest generation," a term warriors, which is a subset of the broader problem for young veterans seeking
Specific areas addressed in the guide first coined by Tom Brokaw in his book, group of wounded, ill and injured, said work is that they entered service right
include the DON's commitment to indi "The Greatest Generation," where he Cmdr. George Byrd, SPAWAR's wounded out of high school and often lack the
viduals with disabilities and wounded wrote about the sacrifices and bravery of warrior program manager. formal education sometimes necessary
warriors, as well as post-traumatic stress the World War II generation. "Our strategy on hiring wounded to succeed in today's competitive job
disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury "I really think your generation is one of warriors is more proactive than it was market. Wounded warriors, many with
(TBI), suicide prevention and response, the greatest, so first I want to say thank in previous years," said Byrd, who is also life-altering disabilities, may face an
disability etiquette for the workforce, you for your service," Brady said. "Events the wounded warrior San Diego regional even more difficult challenge due to
handling leave requests, retention strat like this are important because you didn't coordinator. "Most of our wounded, ill their injuries and need for physical
egies, workplace accommodations, and become a member of our Navy or Marine and injured population in the region are accommodation on the job.
additional resources. Corps on your own and for those of us between the ages of 19 and 25 and have Wounded warriors attending the
Equality of opportunity is recognized here today we know how important it is not gone to college and may not have event were hopeful and found value in
as an essential element of readiness and to help you transition from your military the technical credentials necessary to get the panel discussion and networking
is vital in retaining a top-quality work life back into civilian life again. We are a job in San Diego — a tech-savvy town opportunities. When asked why he
force to accomplish the DON’s strategic here to show you what is possible and with a lower than the national average attended the event, Marine Corps
mission. The DON’s policy is to provide to do what we can to help put you on a unemployment rate." veteran Marcus Chischilly, a Marine
reasonable accommodation to quali path to get there." SPAWAR's goal is to help warriors find currently participating in a radiology
fied employees and applicants with Brady was part of a senior leader panel other paths to their next career through internship, said he attended to find out
disabilities. that included Marty Brown, deputy the myriad programs, internships, the types of jobs and programs available
An effective reasonable accommoda director for the SPAWAR fleet readiness training and mentoring opportunities for veterans.
tion policy is an important aspect of the directorate; Dan Slack, wounded warrior that are available to them from a variety Chischilly lost his left leg in
DON’s commitment to create employ VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 9, 2011) A Sailor greets wounded warriors and veterans participating lead for SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific; of government, nonprofit and private Afghanistan last year when an
ment opportunities for individuals with in a Warrior Ride at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The ride is in remembrance of Gabriel Castleberry, wounded warrior industry organizations. improvised explosive device detonated
disabilities. There are approximately 54 the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. U.S. Navy photo by Spencer R. Layne. program manager for the Southwest More than 15 businesses, from near him, "The difficulty for me is the
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physical aspect. I'm somewhat limited in
what I can do. My hope is that I can find
"As you go through your studies and
careers, you have to think competitively, nCtAms lAnt suPPorts Joint trAining AnD oPErAtions
something I like and enjoy. This is a great and you have to think about what other
opportunity to see what's available." gifts you can bring to the workforce," CommuniCations professionals ensure smooth sailing in Bold alligator 2012
Metzger said. "You will need that business
Back to School for Opportunities edge to be successful."
in STEM Carreers Metzger added that the PEO C4I's By Lt. Peter J. Beardsley
success in moving capabilites to the
In December 2011, SPAWAR and fleet is the result of three priorities: Bold Alligator 2012, the largest Navy/ messaging and video communications the diligent operations and reporting
San Diego State University hosted controlling contracting costs; contracting Marine Corps amphibious exercise in the systems for command and control during between NCTAMS LANT’s messaging and
a panel discussion and networking for technology that can be delivered SPAWAR Commander Rear Adm. Patrick Brady past 10 years, tested the limits of naval each phase of the exercise, including capa tech control divisions, as well as the UAR
forum for veteran and wounded today; and funding stability. He told the engages the audience at a STEM event in equipment, personnel and training. Naval bilities from the Defense Satellite Com NOC, the regional IP service provider for
warrior students studying for careers in audience they will have to be able to December 2011. Computer and Telecommunications Area munications System (DSCS), Commercial the ships and the satellite Earth stations
science, technology, engineering and understand cost models to make sound Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP) and responsible for the physical receipt and
mathematics. Held on the SDSU campus, business decisions as STEM professionals. The United States is ranked a was a key player in the exercise providing all IP services. There was continuous plan transmission of the electromagnetic sig
the event gave veteran-owned small The Navy is competing with industry vital communications links for command ning and coordination between the war- nals between ships and shore.
disappointing 27th out of 30 for
businesses an opportunity to mentor for technical talent. Statistics show only and control of operating forces. fighting platforms and communication The NCTAMS LANT messaging division
students, while SPAWAR representatives 6 percent of U.S. high school seniors college graduates with STEM To give you an idea of the scale of providers due to the complexities of the manages regional naval messaging sys
provided information on doing business will earn a bachelor of science degree BA12 and the complexity of communica communications involved. NCTAMS LANT tems. The division operates such IP-based
with SPAWAR to small business owners. in a STEM field. The United States is degrees in developed countries. tions, consider that exercise participants advised operational commanders within systems as Fleet SIPRNET Messaging
Rear Adm. Brady emphasized the ranked a disappointing 27th out of 30 included two submarines, 25 ships, 120 BA12 about support that the regional (FSM), the Navy Regional Enterprise Mes
benefits of networking. He said that for college graduates with STEM degrees Engaging with Small Business aircraft, 20,000 Sailors and Marines, along shore communications facilities, such saging System (NREMS) and Navy Inter
networking is a two-way street. Students in developed countries. Further, the SPAWAR is an advocate for small with forces and assets from eight other as the Unified Atlantic Region Network face for Command Email (NICE), as well
learn what companies are looking for in U.S. shortage in STEM professionals is business opportunities. In fiscal year countries. Operations Center (UARNOC), NAVSAT as legacy systems, such as the Common
new hires and can align their education expected to worsen because of the aging 2010, it obligated approximately $1.2 Embedded within their participa COMMFAC Northwest and NCTS Naples User Digital Information Exchange Sys
and military experience for success. Defense Department workforce since 30 billion, or roughly 20 percent of the tion in BA12 were the Enterprise Carrier could provide, especially in the areas of tem (CUDIXS) and Fleet Broadcast. The
In the same way, small businesses can percent of DoD's science and technology command's total obligation authority, Strike Group's Joint Task Force Exercise messaging, IP services, voice nets and NCTAMS LANT tech control division ter
interface with the future workforce and professionals are expected to retire by to small businesses. It depends on the and Composite Unit Exercise; the Iwo video. NCTAMS LANT also worked closely minates and troubleshoots RF communi
the educational institutions that are 2020. interoperability and non-proprietary Jima and 24th MEU certification exercise; with afloat units, embarked Marine Corps cations circuits, including but not limited
preparing them. SDSU has approximately 1,100 veterans solutions provided by small business to and Riverine Group 1 Maritime Security units, combatant commanders and the to those used for IP services.
"Networking is like ballroom dancing," currently enrolled. SDSU hosts the Joan ensure that cutting-edge technology is Operations Ready certification by Navy U.S. Air Force 527th Space Aggressor NCTAMS LANT’s Joint Fleet Telecom
Brady said. "You can't do it alone, and you and Art Barron Veterans Center (http:// available for the Navy. Expeditionary Combat Command. These Squadron. munications Operations Center (JFTOC)
may not be very good in the beginning, arweb.sdsu.edu/es/veterans/) and ranks The small business program at SPAWAR pre-deployment exercises are designed The success of the communications in watch officer, the central point of contact
but with practice it gets easier and you 30th among 100 universities nationwide provides training, advice, guidance and to forge individual units into a cohesive BA12, and the other embedded exercises, for communications and troubleshooting
get better at it." for services offered to military veterans. innovative strategies to ensure those fighting force. would not have been possible without within the Atlantic, Mediterranean and
A panel discussion followed Brady's The staff at the Veterans Center does quality solutions are available, while at the The exercise scenario combined syn
opening remarks with participation from everything from helping coordinate same time maximizing opportunities for thetic and live training which allowed ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), left, and the Arleigh Burke-
SPAWAR senior leadership and private psychological counseling for veterans small businesses, as required by the Small units to meet their training objectives. class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Cole (DDG 67) are underway participat
industry. Participants included Tim who might need it, to managing the Business Act and Federal Acquisition BA12 included three large-scale events ing in exercise Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10
years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations.
Dowd, contracts director for SPAWAR; nation's first on-campus housing reserved Regulation. within the exercise: an amphibious
The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabas
John Metzger, acquisition manager in exclusively for veterans. As the Navy's information dominance assault at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; an aerial ing. This exercise takes place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia
the Program Executive Office, Command, Because the unemployment rate for systems command, SPAWAR participates assault from the sea into Fort Pickett, Va.; and North Carolina. U.S. Navy photo by Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Alfredo R. Martinez II.
Control, Communications, Computers veterans ages 18 to 24 hovered around regularly in events and programs for and an amphibious raid on Fort Story, Va.
and Intelligence (PEO C4I); Will a startling 30 percent in 2011, it is students with a goal of inspiring and Units were required to demonstrate
Nevilles, senior vice president of INDUS anticipated that college attendance will preparing young men and women their ability to effectively carry out their
Technologies; Benito Hobson, director increase as many leave the service and for STEM careers with the federal missions in a challenging communica
of business development for Integrits have difficulty finding work. government. tions environment, which involved close
Corp.; and Joe Bulger, senior business According to SDSU's College of coordination and execution with NCTAMS
development manager for SPAWAR Engineering, veterans are twice as likely Facebook : www.facebook.com/ LANT and other shore facilities, such as
programs, Lockheed Martin. to go into engineering careers than other spaceandnavalwarfaresystemscommand NCTAMS PAC, Naval Computer and Tele
Panel members shared perspectives disciplines. communications Station (NCTS) Naples
on success strategies and skills necessary "I spent time in Guam and when I Twitter : http://twitter. and the Naval Satellite Communications
to compete in today's tough job market. returned to California, it was hard to find com/#!/SPAWARHQ Facility Northwest in Virginia.
Top strategies discussed included the a job," said James Sparks, a veteran and Among other capabilities, NCTAMS
importance of vigorous networking, SDSU engineering student. "I thought Flickr : www.flickr.com/ LANT provided the connectivity for alter
thinking competitively, working as a team there would be more job security in an photos/teamspawar/ nate secure and non-secure Internet Pro
and understanding the cost of doing engineering field, so I decided to go back tocol (IP) service paths and ultra high fre
business. to school and enrolled here at State." YouTube : www.youtube.com/ quency (UHF) voice nets.
NCTAMS LANT provided the data, voice,
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Indian Ocean regions, maintained care
ful coordination with operators and area
Officer 3 Terrill
The War of 1812 From Our Flag Was Still There.org
Stafford and En
supervisors. The JFTOC watch officer sign Adria Hicks From 2012 to 2015, the United States Navy and its partners, Today, one of those
ensured that operators at the supporting on watch in the the U.S. Marine Corps and Coast Guard, will commemorate the first six frigates
shore commands were properly execut NCTAMS LANT Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of our National that 200 years ago
ing the requirements of the exercise. Joint Fleet Tele Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. It is remarkable that 200 fought in the War
Furthermore, JFTOC was responsible communications years ago, the first declared war in our nation’s history was of 1812, the USS
for tracking the real-time communica Operations Cen fought against the nation (now two nations, the United Kingdom Constitution, is
tions capabilities and limitations of the ter, the central and Canada) which have become our closest allies. Many things still a commissioned
point of contact
units involved, as well as informing the change in 200 years, but what doesn’t change is the importance ship in the U.S. Navy.
NCTAMS LANT chain of command of rel tions within the of sea power in the affairs of maritime nations. She is a tangible link
evant changes in capabilities. Atlantic, Mediter Since its birth in 1776, the United States has always been a to those critical events
BA12 was designed to challenge the ranean and maritime nation, which means that unobstructed access to in our nation’s history, and
operational commanders as well as the Indian Ocean and free use of the world’s oceans are essential to our national anchors one end of the arcs
operating forces. As part of the scenario, regions. NCTAMS welfare and prosperity. That’s what the United States went to of technological change
Commander Strike Force Training Atlan LANT provides war in 1812 to defend, and that is what the U.S. Navy has been just described. As such,
tic (CSFTL) laid the blueprint for just how classified and unclassified messaging, voice, data and video to Navy, joint and coalition units. protecting ever since. she invites attention to
and when communications outages Why is keeping the seas free so important? Here are a few the intangible lessons of the War of 1812 that have shaped,
would occur to force units to quickly the only SHF IP path, maintaining the of services attack, closed ports, denial of facts about the world: and must continue to shape, the nation’s sea services today
come up with alternatives. For example, if EHF IP path becomes more important. UHF voice nets or unplanned outages, ✔ 70 percent of the world is covered by the oceans. and in the future. The traditions, customs, and norms of the
super high frequency (SHF) IP platforms To this end, NCTAMS LANT, the regional ships’ personnel kept their chains of com ✔ 80 percent of the world’s people live near the oceans. U.S. Navy in the 21st century were laid down in the War of 1812.
were denied, there was an extremely provider of secure and non-secure voice, mand informed of their communications ✔ 90 percent of all international trade travels on the oceans. The outstanding Navy commanders of the War of 1812, such
high frequency (EHF) platform available. messaging, video and data platforms capabilities and limitations. ✔ 95 percent of all global communications are transported under as Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, Oliver Hazard Perry, Thomas
If an UHF command net was lost, EHF or to surface, subsurface, air and ground Providers, such as NCTAMS LANT the oceans. Macdonough, Charles Morris and others, set benchmarks for
Iridium satellite phones could be used for forces, instituted watch stander reporting and NCTS Naples, NAVSATCOMMFAC Looking at those numbers, one begins to understand the leadership, seamanship and innovation that shape and inform
secure point-to-point communications. procedures for leadership in the chain of Lago di Patria, Italy, NAVSATCOMMFAC immense importance of ensuring the freedom of the oceans the officer corps of America’s Navy today.
The ability to quickly switch from one command to keep them informed of the Northwest, UARNOC, the Landstuhl with capable and effective sea services. The performance of America’s Sailors and Marines in that
communications method to another is rapidly changing capabilities and limita Global Information Grid Facility, NCTS The piracy off the Horn of Africa that emerged in the first war, fighting always against great odds and in great peril, set
important because capabilities in real tions of exercise participants. Bahrain, and commercial satellite pro decades of the 21st century reminds us of the 18th century the standards proudly met by our ships’ crews over the last 200
operating environments can be lost or Operators and their supervisors paid viders located in Holmdel, N.J., and Barbary Coast pirates and the threat they posed to our nation years and today.
denied by enemy forces at any time, and special attention to how unplanned out Fuchsstadt, Germany, tracked anomalies in its early years. In response to that threat, the United States Ultimately, the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War
the various frequencies and methods of ages and weather-related problems could and responded via troubleshooting pro commissioned six frigates, built up and down the Atlantic coast of 1812 is a salute to all of our Sailors and Marines who fought so
communications cannot be used at the degrade communications capabilities. cedures, communications spot reports from New Hampshire to Virginia. Since America’s Navy began gallantly against great odds in that conflict, in all of our nation’s
same time, therefore, communications For example, rain may cause outages for (COMSPOT) and service advisories to with those first six frigates, American sea power has been conflicts between then and now, and those who are today
professionals must be able to quickly equipment operating in EHF, which might units reporting problems. essential to countering threats, winning wars and furthering the defending freedom around the world — from the mountains of
assess a lost connection, rapidly restore it, be used as an alternate IP path in the The vigilant maintenance of the com interests of peace and prosperity worldwide. Afghanistan to the coasts of Africa to the Straits of Hormuz —
or come up with an alternative. event of an SHF outage. Heavy winds and munications links between ship and Our sea services team and its capabilities are absolutely and standing ready to provide compassionate humanitarian aid
NCTAMS LANT and its subordinate heavy seas may inhibit a ship’s or shore shore demonstrated that even in a less critical to our nation’s security. We learned that lesson first and from Haiti to Japan to wherever catastrophe strikes.
commands, NCTS Naples and NCTS Bah facility’s ability to track a satellite. There than ideal communications environment, well during the War of 1812, and that tuition is worth reviewing The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard reflect the quality
rain, and NAVSATCOMMFAC Northwest, fore, watch standers at NCTAMS LANT the command and control capability again as we commemorate the war’s bicentennial over the next of the people that served over the last 200 years, and the tens
UARNOC and the commercial SHF provid are always mindful of any conditions that of shore commanders is not lost, nor is several years. of thousands of Sailors and Marines now making sacrifices
ers shared tasks relating to the planned may disrupt communications. the ability to actively troubleshoot and To say a lot has changed in the last 200 years is an obvious every day, something that America can be very grateful has not
outages and provided procedures to To ensure successful communications restore communications circuits. understatement. In 1812 America’s Navy operated wooden changed over the past 200 years.
prevent disruption. Procedures included between units, NCTAMS LANT embed Results of exercises demonstrated the ships; now it operates steel ships and is working on constructing If America remembers the lessons of the naval war of 1812,
testing the connectivity of existing cir ded junior enlisted personnel and officers ability of joint U.S. amphibious units to ships of futuristic synthetic materials. The sails powered by wind lessons paid for with the lives of Sailors and Marines, then
cuit trunks and ensuring non-disruption on board the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and effectively operate in a challenging com in 1812 have given way consecutively to steam (from coal and America can be confident that the nation will always answer
by instructing operators how to maintain USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). This enabled both munications environment with both U.S. then oil), to gas turbines, to nuclear energy — and in the future Francis Scott Key’s question in the affirmative: Oh, say does that
connectivity and verify that alternate cir the ships’ and NCTAMS LANT’s personnel and international military forces. The high to green energy sources. Star-Spangled Banner yet wave O’er the land of the free, and
cuit trunks were in place in the event of to learn firsthand about the communica visibility of the exercises, which included In 1812, the Navy’s situational awareness was limited to the the home of the brave?
a circuit outage where outages were not tions and troubleshooting capabilities of national and international media cover horizon of visibility from the top of the tallest mast on a ship. Beginning in April 2012 and continuing through 2015, the
planned. one another and to refine the reporting age, embarked Congressional leaders and Today, America’s Navy enjoys instantaneous communications to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will commemorate the
NCTAMS LANT’s operational priorities and troubleshooting procedures of each foreign military leaders, marked not only any point on the globe, to the bottom of the ocean, and to and Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star Spangled Banner.
are always defined by the current situa in a controlled exercise environment. a tremendous operational success for the from outer space. Events will include Blue Angels air shows, visits by ships of the
tion. The command’s mission of provid Lessons learned included new tech Navy/Marine Corps team, but a diplo The smoothbore cannons of 1812 have metamorphosed U.S. Navy and international navies, parades of tall ships and
ing classified and unclassified messaging, niques in the detection of satellite jam matic success as well. into modern naval guns, aircraft, missiles and torpedoes, and “Galley Wars” cook-off events.
voice, data and video to Navy, joint and ming and the importance of maintaining America’s Navy is on course to a force armed with lasers and
coalition units does not change. If, how a SHF IP link during rainy conditions. If it is railguns, technologies unimaginable to the Sailors who fought For more information, go to www.ourflagwasstillthere.org/.
ever, NCTAMS LANT knows that a unit or raining units can’t rely solely on SHF. Lt. Peter J. Beardsley is a NCTAMS LANT JFTOC in the War of 1812. U.S. Navy War of 1812 Commemoration site
group of units has a planned outage on During BA12, whether it was a denial watch officer.
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Carahsoft integration; Anywhere integration; and vertical process integration, devel-
opment and management. Specific products include but are not limited to:
Ordering Expires: 27 Mar 14
Opsware Asset Management – Provides software, maintenance and Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/com-
Sybase’s Enterprise Application Server; Mobile and Embedded databases; m- merce/contract/ContractsMatrixView.jsp
services. Business Studio; HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Contractor: Carahsoft Inc. (W91QUZ-07-A-0004) and Patriot Act Compliance; PowerBuilder; and a wide range of application
Authorized Users: This BPA is open for ordering by all Department of adaptors. In addition, a Golden Disk for the Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) Enterprise Management
Defense (DoD) components and authorized contractors. product is part of the agreement. The Enterprise portion of the BPA offers NT
Ordering Expires: 17 Sep 12 servers, NT seats, Unix servers, Unix seats, Linux servers and Linux seats. Soft- CA Enterprise Management Software
ware purchased under this BPA has a perpetual software license. The BPA also
Contact: CHESS Helpdesk has exceptional pricing for other Sybase options. The savings to the govern- (C-EMS2)
(888) 232-4405 (firstname.lastname@example.org) ment is 64 percent off GSA prices. Computer Associates Unicenter Enterprise Management Software
Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/com- Contractor: Sybase, Inc. (DAAB15-99-A-1003); (800) 879-2273; – Includes Security Management; Network Management; Event Management;
merce/contract/ContractsMatrixView.jsp (301) 896-1661 Output Management; Storage Management; Performance Management; Prob-
lem Management; Software Delivery; and Asset Management. In addition to
DLT Ordering Expires: 15 Jan 13 these products, there are many optional products, services and training available.
BDNA Asset Management – Provides asset man- Authorized Users: Authorized users include personnel and employees of Contractor: Computer Associates International, Inc.
agement software, maintenance and services. the DoD, Reserve components (Guard and Reserve), U.S. Coast Guard when mo- (W91QUZ-04-A-0002); (703) 709-4610
Enterprise Software Agreements Contractor: DLT Solutions Inc. (W91QUZ-07-A-0002) bilized with, or attached to the DoD and nonappropriated funds instrumentali-
Ordering Expires: 22 Sep 12
ties. Also included are Intelligence Communities, including all DoD Intel Informa-
The Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) is a Department of Defense (DoD) Authorized Users: This BPA has been designated as a GSA SmartBUY and Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/
tion Systems (DoDIIS) member organizations and employees. Contractors of the
initiative to streamline the acquisition process and provide best-priced, stan- is open for ordering by all Department of Defense (DoD) components, autho- ContractsMatrixView.jsp
DoD may use this agreement to license software for performance of work on
dards-compliant information technology (IT). The ESI is a business discipline rized contractors and all federal agencies. DoD projects.
used to coordinate multiple IT investments and leverage the buying power of
the government for commercial IT products and services. By consolidating IT
Ordering Expires: 01 Apr 13 Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/ Microsoft Premier Support Services
requirements and negotiating Enterprise Agreements with software vendors, Contact: CHESS Helpdesk ContractsMatrixView.jsp
the DoD realizes significant Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) savings in IT acqui- (888) 232-4405 (email@example.com)
Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/com- Microsoft Premier Support Services – Provides premier support
sition and maintenance. The goal is to develop and implement a process to
identify, acquire, distribute and manage IT from the enterprise level. merce/contract/ContractsMatrixView.jsp
Enterprise Application Integration packages to small and large-size organizations. The products include Technical
Additionally, the ESI was incorporated into the Defense Federal Acquisition Sun Software Account Managers, Alliance Support Teams, Reactive Incidents, on-site support,
Technet and MSDN subscriptions.
Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Section 208.74 on Oct. 25, 2002, and DoD
Instruction 5000.2 on May 12, 2003.
Database Management Tools Sun Products – Provides Sun Java Enterprise System (JES) and Sun StarOf-
fice. Sun JES products supply integration and service oriented architecture
Contractor: Microsoft (W91QUZ-09-D-0038); (980) 776-8413
Unless otherwise stated authorized ESI users include all DoD components, Microsoft Products (SOA) software including: Identity Management Suite; Communications Suite; Ordering Expires: 31 Mar 12 (Please call for extension information.)
and their employees including Reserve component (Guard and Reserve), Microsoft Database Products – See information under Office Availability Suite; Web Infrastructure Suite; MySQL; xVM and Role Manager. Sun Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/
Systems on page 65. StarOffice supplies a full-featured office productivity suite. ContractsMatrixView.jsp
and the U.S. Coast Guard mobilized or attached to DoD; other government
employees assigned to and working with DoD; nonappropriated funds in- Contractors: NetIQ
strumentalities such as NAFI employees; Intelligence Community (IC) covered Oracle (DEAL-O) Commercial Data Systems, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF38);
organizations to include all DoD Intel System member organizations and Small Business; (619) 569-9373 NetIQ – Provides Net IQ systems management, security management and Web
Oracle Products – Provides Oracle database and application software li- analytics solutions. Products include: AppManager; AppAnalyzer; Mail Marshal;
employees, but not the CIA, nor other IC employees, unless they are assigned censes, support, training and consulting services. The Navy Enterprise License Dynamic Systems, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF40);
to and working with DoD organizations; DoD contractors authorized in accor- Web Marshal; Vivinet voice and video products; and Vigilant Security and Man-
Agreement is for database licenses for Navy customers. Contact the Navy project Small Business; (801) 444-0008 agement products. Discounts are 8 to 10 percent off GSA schedule pricing for
dance with the FAR; and authorized Foreign Military Sales. manager on page 66. Ordering Expires: 24 Sep 12 products and 5 percent off GSA schedule pricing for maintenance.
For more information on the ESI or to obtain product information, visit the Contractors:
ESI website at www.esi.mil/. Web Links: Contractors:
Oracle America Inc. (W91QUZ-07-A-0001); (703) 364-3110 Sun Products NetIQ Corp. (W91QUZ-04-A-0003)
DLT Solutions (W91QUZ-06-A-0002); (703) 708-8979 www.esi.mil/agreements.aspx?id=160
Software Categories for ESI: immixTechnology, Inc. (W91QUZ-08-A-0001);
Commercial Data Northrop Grumman – authorized reseller
www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=160&type=2 Federal Technology Solutions, Inc. – authorized reseller
Asset Discovery Tools Small Business; (703) 752-0628
Dynamic Systems Ordering Expires: 05 May 14
Mythics, Inc. (W91QUZ-06-A-0003); Small Business; (757) 284-6570 www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=162&type=2
Belarc Affigent, LLC (W91QUZ-09-A-0001);
Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/
BelManage Asset Management – Provides software, maintenance and Small Business; (571) 323-5584 Enterprise Architecture Tools
services. Ordering Expires:
Contractor: Belarc Inc. (W91QUZ-07-A-0005) Affigent, LLC: 29 Mar 12 IBM Software Products Quest Products
Authorized Users: This BPA is open for ordering by all Department of Oracle: 28 Mar 12 IBM Software Products – Provides IBM product licenses and mainte- Quest Products – Provides Quest software licenses, maintenance, services
Defense (DoD) components and authorized contractors. DLT: 01 Apr 13 nance with discounts from 1 to 19 percent off GSA pricing. On June 28, 2006, and training for Active Directory Products, enterprise management, ERP plan-
the IBM Rational Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with immixTechnology was ning support and application and database support. Quest software products
Ordering Expires: 30 Dec 16 immixTechnology: 02 Mar 16
Mythics: 15 Jun 12 modified to include licenses and Passport Advantage maintenance for IBM prod- have been designated as a DoD ESI and GSA SmartBUY. Only Active Directory
Contact: CHESS Helpdesk ucts, including: IBM Rational, IBM Database 2 (DB2), IBM Informix, IBM Trivoli, IBM products have been determined to be the best value to the government and;
(888) 232-4405 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Authorized Users: This has been designated as a DoD ESI and GSA Smart- therefore, competition is not required for Active Directory software purchases.
BUY contract and is open for ordering by all U.S. federal agencies, DoD compo- Websphere and Lotus software products.
Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/ Contractor: immixTechnology, Inc. (DABL01-03-A-1006); Discount range for software is from 3 to 48 percent off GSA pricing. For main-
ContractsMatrixView.jsp nents and authorized contractors.
Small Business; (703) 752-0641 or (703) 752-0646 tenance, services and training, discount range is 3 to 8 percent off GSA pricing.
Contact: CHESS Helpdesk Contractors:
BMC (888) 232-4405 (email@example.com) Ordering Expires: 02 Mar 16
Remedy Asset Management – Provides software, maintenance and Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/ Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/ Quest Software, Inc. (W91QUZ-05-A-0023); (301) 820-4889
services. ContractsMatrixView.jsp ContractsMatrixView.jsp DLT Solutions (W91QUZ-06-A-0004); (703) 708-9127
Contractor: BMC Software Inc. (W91QUZ-07-A-0006) Special Note to Navy Users: See the information provided on page 38 Ordering Expires:
concerning the Navy Oracle Database Enterprise License under Department of VMware Quest: 29 Dec 15
Authorized Users: This BPA is open for ordering by all Department of VMware – Provides VMware software and other products and services. This
the Navy Agreements. DLT: 01 Apr 13
Defense (DoD) components and authorized contractors.
BPA has been designated as a GSA SmartBUY. Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/
Ordering Expires: 23 Mar 15 Sybase (DEAL-S) Contractor: Carahsoft Inc. (W91QUZ-09-A-0003) ContractsMatrixView.jsp
Contact: CHESS Helpdesk Authorized Users: This BPA has been designated as a GSA SmartBUY and
(888) 232-4405 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sybase Products – Offers a full suite of software solutions de-
signed to assist customers in achieving Information Liquidity. These so- is open for ordering by all Department of Defense (DoD) components, autho-
Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/com- lutions are focused on data management and integration; application rized contractors and all federal agencies.
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Enterprise Resource Planning quirements and have met stringent technical and interoperability requirements.
Licenses are transferable within a federal agency and include secondary use
Lean Six Sigma Tools Office Systems
Oracle rights. All awarded BPA prices are as low as or lower than the prices each vendor iGrafx Business Process Analysis Tools Adobe Desktop Products
has available on GSA schedules. The federal government anticipates significant
Oracle – See information provided under Database Management Tools on page iGrafx – Provides software licenses, maintenance and media for iGrafx Process Adobe Desktop Products – Provides software licenses (new and
savings through these BPAs.The BPAs were awarded under both the DoD’s Enter-
62. for Six Sigma 2007; iGrafx Flowcharter 2007; Enterprise Central; and Enterprise upgrade) and maintenance for numerous Adobe desktop products, including
prise Software Initiative (ESI) and GSA’s governmentwide SmartBUY programs,
Modeler. Contractors: Acrobat (Standard and Professional); Photoshop; InDesign; After Effects; Frame;
RWD Technologies making them available to all U.S. executive agencies, independent establish-
ments, DoD components, NATO, state and local agencies, Foreign Military Sales Softchoice Corporation (N00104-09-A-ZF34); (416) 588-9002 ext. 2072 Creative Suites; Illustrator; Flash Professional; Dreamweaver; ColdFusion and
RWD Technologies – Provides a broad range of integrated software prod- (FMS) with written authorization, and contractors authorized to order in accor-
other Adobe desktop products.
ucts designed to improve the productivity and effectiveness of end users in
Softmart, Inc. (N00104-09-A-ZF33); (610) 518-4192 Contractors:
dance with the FAR Part 51.
complex operating environments. RWD’s Info Pak products allow you to easily SHI (N00104-09-A-ZF35); (732) 564-8333 Dell Marketing L.P. (N00104-08-A-ZF33); (224) 543-5314
Service component chief information officers (CIO) are developing compo-
create, distribute and maintain professional training documents and online help nent service-specific enterprise strategies. Accordingly, customers should check Authorized Users: These BPAs are co-branded ESI/GSA SmartBUY BPAs CDW Government, LLC (N00104-08-A-ZF34); (312) 705-1889 GovCon-
for any computer application. RWD Info Pak products include Publisher, Admin- with their CIO for component-specific policies and strategies before procuring and are open for ordering by all Department of Defense (DoD) components, U.S.
istrator, Simulator and OmniHelp. Training and other services are also available. Coast Guard, NATO, Intelligence Community, authorized DoD contractors and all nection, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF35); (800) 998-0019
a DAR solution.
Contractor: RWD Technologies (N00104-06-A-ZF37); (404) 845-3624 federal agencies. Insight Public Sector, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF36); (800) 862-8758
The Department of the Army issued an enterprise solution for Army users Ordering Expires: 31 Jan 14 Ordering Expires: 30 Jun 12
Ordering Expires: Effective for term of the GSA FSS Schedule purchasing DAR software. See the information provided on the Army CHESS
Web Link: www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=150&type=2 website at https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/index.jsp. As of this Web Links: Web Links:
printing, the Air Force has not yet provided a DAR solution. Softchoice Adobe Desktop Products
SAP immix Group, Inc. (FA8771-07-A-0301) Softmart
SAP Products – Provide software licenses, software maintenance support, McAfee – Rocky Mountain Ram (FA8771-07-A-0302)
information technology professional services and software training services. Information Security Corp. –
Carahsoft Technology Corp. www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=123&type=2 www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=52&type=2
Contractors: (FA8771-07-A-0303) GovConnection
McAfee – Spectrum Systems, Inc. (FA8771-07-A-0304) www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=33&type=2
SAP Public Services, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF41);
Large Business; (202) 312-3515
Advantaged Solutions, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF42);
SafeNet, Inc. – SafeNet, Inc. (FA8771-07-A-0305) Minitab www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=54&type=2
Checkpoint – immix Group, Inc. (FA8771-07-A-0307) Minitab – Provides software licenses, media, training, technical services and
Small Business; (202) 204-3083
SPYRUS, Inc. – Autonomic Resources, LLC (FA8771-07-A-0308) maintenance for products, including: Minitab Statistical Software, Quality Com-
Carahsoft Technology Corporation (N00104-08-A-ZF43); WinMagic, Inc. – Govbuys, Inc. (FA8771-07-A-0310) panion and Quality Trainer. It is the responsibility of the ordering officer to ensure
Small Business; (703) 871-8583 compliance with all fiscal laws prior to issuing an order under a BPA, and to ensure Adobe Server Products
CREDANT Technologies – Intelligent Decisions (FA8771-07-A-0311) Adobe Server Products – Provides software licenses (new and upgrade),
Oakland Consulting Group (N00104-08-A-ZF44); that the vendor selected represents the best value for the requirement being or-
Small Business; (301) 577-4111 Symantec, formerly GuardianEdge Technologies – Merlin Interna- dered (see FAR 8.404). maintenance, training and support for numerous Adobe server products includ-
Ordering Expires: 14 Sep 13 tional (FA8771-07-A-0312) Contractor: Minitab, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF30); (800) 448-3555 ing LiveCycle Forms; LiveCycle Reader Extensions; Acrobat Connect; Flex; ColdFu-
Ordering Expires: 14 Jun 12 (If extended by option exercise.) sion Enterprise; Flash Media Server and other Adobe server products.
Web Links: Authorized Users: This BPA is open for ordering by all Department of
SAP – www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=154&type=2 Web Link: www.esi.mil Defense (DoD) components, U.S. Coast Guard, NATO, Intelligence Community and Contractor:
Advantaged – www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=155&type=2 authorized DoD contractors. Carahsoft Technology Corp. (N00104-09-A-ZF31); (703) 871-8556
Carahsoft – www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=156&type=2 Ordering Expires: 07 May 13 Small Business; (703) 871-8503
Oakland – www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=157&type=2 Websense (WFT) Web Link: www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=73&type=2 Ordering Expires: 14 Jan 14
Websense – Provides software and maintenance for Web filtering products. Web Link: www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=186&type=2
Collaboration Contractor: Patriot Technologies (W91QUZ-06-A-0005)
Authorized Users: This BPA is open for ordering by all DoD components PowerSteering Microsoft Products
Collabnet and authorized contractors.
Collabnet – Provides CollabNet Licenses, CollabNet Support for TeamFor- PowerSteering – Provides software licenses (subscription and perpetual), Microsoft Products – Provides licenses and software assurance for
Ordering Expires: 08 Sep 12 media, training, technical services, maintenance, hosting and support for Power- desktop configurations, servers and other products. In addition, any Microsoft
geTM (formerly SourceForge) and Subversion, Consulting Services and Train-
Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/ Steering products: software as a service solutions to apply the proven discipline product available on the GSA schedule can be added to the BPA.
ing operating system software license subscriptions. TeamForge ContractsMatrixView.jsp of project and portfolio management in IT, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management
Enterprise integrates software configuration management, issue tracking, Contractors:
Office or any other project-intensive area and to improve strategy alignment, re-
project management, and collaboration tools into a single Web-Browser Xacta source management, executive visibility and team productivity. It is the respon-
CDW Government, LLC (N00104-02-A-ZE85); (888) 826-2394
based ALM platform that empowers distributed teams to deliver Xacta – Provides Web Certification and Accreditation (C&A) software products, sibility of the ordering officer to ensure compliance with all fiscal laws prior to Dell (N00104-02-A-ZE83); (800) 727-1100 ext. 7253702 or (512) 725-3702
great software. consulting support and enterprise messaging management solutions through its issuing an order under a BPA, and to ensure that the vendor selected represents GovConnection (N00104-10-A-ZF30); (301) 340-3412
Automated Message Handling System (AMHS) product. The software simplifies the best value for the requirement being ordered (see FAR 8.404). GTSI (N00104-02-A-ZE79); (800) 999-GTSI ext. 2071
Contractor: C&A and reduces its costs by guiding users through a step-by-step process to Contractor: immix Group, Inc. (N00104-08-A-ZF31);
Carahsoft Technology Corp. (HC1047-11-A-0100) Hewlett-Packard (N00104-02-A-ZE80); (845) 337-6260
determine risk posture and assess system and network configuration compliance Small Business; (703) 663-2702
Ordering Expires: 31 Mar 16 with applicable regulations, standards and industry best practices, in accordance
Insight Public Sector, Inc. (N00104-02-A-ZE82); (800) 862-8758
Authorized Users: All DoD components, U.S. Coast Guard, NATO, Intelli-
Web Link: www.esi.mil with the DITSCAP, NIACAP, NIST or DCID processes. Xacta’s AMHS provides au- gence Community, and authorized DoD contractors.
SHI (N00104-02-A-ZE86); (800) 527-6389 or (732) 564-8333
tomated, Web-based distribution and management of messaging across your
Ordering Expires: 14 Aug 13 Softchoice (N00104-02-A-ZE81); (877) 333-7638
enterprise. Softmart (N00104-02-A-ZE84); (800) 628-9091 ext. 6928
Information Assurance Tools Contractor: Telos Corp. (FA8771-09-A-0301); (703) 724-4555 Web Link: www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=145&type=2
Ordering Expires: 31 Mar 13
Data at Rest (DAR) BPAs offered through Ordering Expires: 24 Sep 14 Web Link: www.esi.mil/agreements.aspx?id=173
Web Link: https://esi.telos.com/contract/overview/default.cfm
The Office of Management and Budget, Defense Department and General
Services Administration awarded multiple contracts for blanket purchase agree-
ments (BPA) to protect sensitive, unclassified data residing on government lap-
tops, other mobile computing devices and removable storage media devices.
These competitively awarded BPAs provide three categories of software and
hardware encryption products — full disk encryption (FDE), file encryption (FES)
and integrated FDE/FES products to include approved U.S. thumb drives. All
products use cryptographic modules validated under FIPS 140-2 security re-
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Red Hat/Netscape/Firefox Research and Advisory BPA
Through negotiations with August Schell Enterprises, DISA has established Research and Advisory Services BPAs provide unlimited access to telephone in-
quiry support, access to research via websites and analyst support for the num-
ITEC-Direct Website Now Integrated with ESI.mil
a DoD-wide enterprise site license whereby DISA can provide ongoing support
and maintenance for the Red Hat Security Solution server products that are at ber of users registered. In addition, the services provide independent advice on
tactical and strategic IT decisions. Advisory services provide expert advice on a
Purchasing IT products and services is now easier than ever
the core of the Department of Defense’s Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). The Red
Hat Security Solution includes the following products: Red Hat Certificate System broad range of technical topics and specifically focus on industry and market trends.
and dependencies; Red Hat Directory Server; Enterprise Web Server (previously BPA listed below.
Gartner Group (N00104-07-A-ZF30); (703) 378-5697; Awarded Dec. 1, 2006
Netscape Enterprise Server); and Red Hat Fortitude Server (replacing Enterprise
Server). August Schell also provides a download site that, in addition to the Red Ordering Expires: Effective for term of GSA contract he Department of the Navy’s (DON) Information To assist users, there is a tutorial in PDF or video format
Hat products, also allows for downloading DISA-approved versions of the follow-
Authorized Users: All DoD components. For the purpose of this agreement, Technology Electronic Commerce (ITEC) Direct that demonstrates how the portal works.
ing browser products: Firefox Browser; Netscape Browser; Netscape Communica-
tor; and Personal Security Manager. The Red Hat products and services provided
DoD components include: the Office of the Secretary of Defense; U.S. Military De- website, managed by SPAWAR, has merged with the The ESI website also offers informational briefs about
partments; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Combatant Commands; the
through the download site are for exclusive use in the following licensed com-
Department of Defense Office of Inspector General; Defense Agencies; DoD Field Department of Defense ESI website in an effort to avoid some of the top purchasing questions confronting IT users
munity: (1) All components of the U.S. Department of Defense and supported
organizations that utilize the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications Sys-
Activities; the U.S. Coast Guard; NATO; the Intelligence Community and Foreign duplication and save money in the purchasing of approved today at: www.esi.mil/ContentView.aspx?ID=270&type=3.
Military Sales with a letter of authorization. This BPA is also
tem, and (2) All non-DoD employees (e.g., contractors, volunteers, allies) on-site IT products and services. Topics include:
at the U.S. Department of Defense and those not on-site but using equipment Web Link: www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=171&type=2
This integration is just one effort in the DoD’s • Cloud Computing and its Impact on Software
furnished by the U.S. Department of Defense (GFE) in support of initiatives which
are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. enterprise-wide approach to find efficiencies in these Licensing;
Licensed software products available through the August Schell contract are Autodesk budget-constrained times. Both the ITEC Direct and • DoD IT Consolidation Roadmap: What’s Ahead with
for the commercial versions of the Red Hat software, not the segmented versions Autodesk – Provides software licenses for more than two dozen AutoCAD
of the previous Netscape products that are compliant with Global Information and Autodesk products. ESI sites had similar information on contract vehicles, the DoD ESI and Enterprise Software Initiative;
Grid (GIG) standards. The segmented versions of the software are required for enterprise software and service agreements and policy • Software Licensing: A Deep Dive in these Changing
Contractor: DLT Solutions (N00104-12-A-ZF30 )
development and operation of applications associated with the GIG, the Global
Command and Control System (GCCS) or the Global Combat Support System (GCSS). Ordering Expires: 20 Nov 14 guidance. By consolidating the two sites and eliminating Times; and
If your intent is to use a Red Hat product to support development or operation Web Link: www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=267&type=2 these commonalities, the Defense Department hopes • Website: www.esi.mil, New Features and Upcoming
of an application associated with the GIG, GCCS or GCSS, you must contact one of
the websites listed below to obtain the GIG segmented version of the software. to provide as much new information and direction as Changes.
You may not use the commercial version available from the August Schell Red
Department of the Navy Agreement possible in a cost-effective and easy-to-use format. As this The DoD ESI has excelled at negotiating software
Hat download site.
If you are not sure which version (commercial or segmented) to use, we integration effort continues in the coming months, more licenses for commercial software applications for the DoD
strongly encourage you to refer to the websites listed below for additional infor-
Oracle (DEAL-O) Database Enterprise new and exciting features will be added to ESI.mil. since 1998.
mation to help you to make this determination before you obtain the software
New ESI Product and Pricing Portal DoD IT buyers reduce buying cycle time and risk by
from the August Schell Red Hat download site (or contact the project manager). License for the Navy
GCSS users: Global Combat Support System ESI’s Product and Pricing portal (www.esi.mil/pricing/ using ESI’s enterprise agreements (ESAs) with enhanced
On Oct. 1, 2004 and May 6, 2005, the Navy established the Oracle Database
product/details.ashx?id=1) offers an organized, easy-to- terms and conditions that support many DoD objectives
Contractor: August Schell Enterprises (www.augustschell.com) Enterprise License, effective through Sept. 30, 2012. The enterprise license navigate database to access software products and pricing and industry best practices.
Download Site: http://redhat.augustschell.com provides Navy shore-based and afloat users, to include active duty, Reserve and
civilian billets, as well as contractors who access Navy systems, the right to use
information. With this portal, customers can quickly Since its inception, the DoD ESI has garnered more than
Ordering Expires: Nov 12; All downloads provided at no cost.
Web Link: www.disa.mil Oracle databases for the purpose of supporting Navy internal operations. Navy search thousands of products, compare vendor prices and $4 billion in cost avoidance for the department through its
users in joint commands or supporting joint functions should contact Dan export key product and pricing data. Additional publishers’ enterprise agreements.
McMullan, NAVICP Mechanicsburg contracting officer, at (717) 605-5659 or email
and resellers’ product information will be continually ESI.mil contains contract news for IT customers, as
Red Hat Linux email@example.com, for further review of the requirements and coverage.
This license is managed by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
Red Hat Linux – Provides operating system software license subscriptions added, soon totaling nearly 100,000 products. This initial well as for vendors, and you can sign up for the DoD ESI
(SPAWARSYSCEN) Pacific. The Navy Oracle Database Enterprise License provides
and services to include installation and consulting support, client-directed en- significant benefits, including substantial cost avoidance for the department. It pilot release features available products from Adobe, quarterly newsletter from the Customer Information tab.
gineering and software customization. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the premier
operating system for open source computing. It is sold by annual subscription,
facilitates the goal of net-centric operations by allowing authorized users to ac- Gartner, iGrafx, Microsoft, Minitab, PowerSteering and Now is the time to save on all your IT purchases through
cess Oracle databases for Navy internal operations and permits sharing of au-
runs on seven system architectures and is certified by top enterprise software thoritative data across the Navy enterprise. RWD. the DoD ESI!
and hardware vendors. Programs and activities covered by this license agreement shall not enter
Contractors: into separate Oracle database licenses outside this central agreement when-
Carahsoft Technology Corporation (HC1028-09-A-2004) ever Oracle is selected as the database. This prohibition includes software and
software maintenance that is acquired:
DLT Solutions, Inc. (HC1028-09-A-2003) a. as part of a system or system upgrade, including Application Specific Full Use
Ordering Expires: (ASFU) licenses;
Carahsoft: 09 Feb 14 b. under a service contract;
DLT Solutions, Inc.: 17 Feb 14 c. under a contract or agreement administered by another agency, such as an
Web Link: www.esi.mil interagency agreement; For your convenience all contract information is
d. under a Federal Supply Service (FSS) Schedule contract or blanket purchase
agreement established in accordance with FAR 8.404(b)(4); or consolidated under WWW.ESI.MIL
Sun (SSTEW) e. by a contractor that is authorized to order from a Government supply source
SUN Support – Sun Support Total Enterprise Warranty (SSTEW) offers ex- pursuant to FAR 51.101.
tended warranty, maintenance, education and professional services for all Sun This policy has been coordinated with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of
Microsystems products. The maintenance covered in this contract includes flex- the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), Office of Budget.
ible and comprehensive hardware and software support ranging from basic to Web Link: https://chess.army.mil/ascp/commerce/contract/ Visit the DON CIO and CHIPS websites for more enterprise
mission critical services. Maintenance covered includes Sun Spectrum Platinum,
Gold, Silver, Bronze, hardware only and software only support programs.
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