LANDWARNET and the Global Information Grid
What is it?
The Global Information Grid (GIG) is the globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities, associated processes, and personnel for collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and managing information on demand to Soldiers, policy-makers, and support personnel. The GIG includes all owned and leased communications and computing systems and services, software (including applications), data, security services, and other associated services necessary to achieve information superiority. It also includes National Security Systems as defined in Section 5142 of the Clinger-Cohen Act, Title 40, Subtitle 3. The GIG supports all Department of Defense (DoD), national security, and related intelligence community functions in war and in peace.
LandWarNet is the Army’s portion of the GIG. A combination of infrastructure and services, it moves information through a seamless network and enables the management and use of warfighting and business information. For strategic oversight, the development of LandWarNet has been divided into two strategic initiatives: (1) developing the LandWarNet institutional infrastructure, which encompasses the network, applications, and information technology (IT) processes that support Army institutions (the generating force); and (2) developing LandWarNet operational capabilities, which includes network capabilities, applications, and processes that directly support the operating force.
What has the Army done?
To continue efficiency and effectiveness improvement efforts, the Army has established and is leveraging the following: a compliance-and-certification process, a mission area and domain governance structure for IT investments, Lean Six Sigma and information systems portfolio management as key business transformation processes, a long-term strategic plan (2008–2015 CIO/G-6 Campaign Plan), and a short-term implementation plan (CIO/G-6 500-Day Plan, August 2007).
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
To achieve LandWarNet capabilities, the Army’s Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6) will provide the guidance, policy, oversight, and leadership for the efficient planning, implementation, operation, and sustainment of a global information infrastructure, which will ensure seamless and secure interoperability, network services, and end-to-end connectivity.
Why is this important to the Army?
LandWarNet/GIG is a key enabler for information and decision superiority. It will bring voice, video, and data to the edge of tactical formations, the goal being to extend these capabilities to the lowest levels of the Army’s modular force—to brigade, battalion, company, Soldier. A robust LandWarNet will enable unprecedented levels of flexibility and agility in logistical support, actionable intelligence, and situational awareness, thereby improving cycle times across the full spectrum of operations—from conflict and support to natural disasters.