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Global Network Enterprise Construct (GNEC)

What is it?
Inefficiencies and capability gaps in LandWarNet require the Army to transform LandWarNet using the GNEC to improve efficiencies, raise effectiveness, enable fighting capabilities, dramatically improve network defense, and make the Army interoperable with other military departments throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). The GNEC integrates several ongoing network enterprise programs and new initiatives into a single strategy to ensure global connectivity under one network manager. Using GNEC to organize the Army's information will make it globally accessible and useful to Soldiers world-wide. The GNEC is an Army-wide strategy to operationalize LandWarNet as an Army enterprise activity. The GNEC is an integrating construct to bring LandWarNet and battle command programs and initiatives into theater-based alignment with this enterprise objective. The central component of the GNEC strategy is Network Service Centers (NSC). The Army will establish an NSC within each theater to achieve four strategic objectives:

  • Enable warfighting capabilities through the network.
  • Dramatically improve LandWarNet defense posture.
  • Realize efficiencies while improving effectiveness.
  • Ensure Army interoperability across the DoD.

The NSC is the operational implementation of the global network enterprise strategy that integrates three critical components:

  • Network Operations (NETOPS) establish a single enterprise network manager who provides network command and control, network operations and services in support of the Army.
  • Fixed Regional Hub Nodes (FRHNs) that provide direct network access to the global information grid.
  • Area Processing Centers (APC) provide common enterprise information technology (IT) services and applications hosting for battle command, intelligence, and business systems.

Rather than spending millions of dollars to co-locate these capabilities, the NSC is an integration of geographically separated network capabilities that provide economies and efficiencies of enterprise services for the Army.

What has the Army done?
The 7th Signal Command (Theater) continental United States (CONUS) has been activated to provide a single enterprise network manager for the CONUS Theater NETOPS. The Army has implemented two APCs, one in Columbus, Ohio and another in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; both of which achieved initial operating capability (IOC) during FY08. Two FRHNs have been established and are operational today.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Future implementation efforts will focus on achieving initial victories, establishing momentum, and setting conditions now to begin achieving our strategic objectives. The Army will initially issue the following three execute orders (EXORD) to carry out short term actions:

  • Discovery/Aggregation EXORD to gain increased visibility into its "as is" networks and IT assets.
  • Operational validation EXORD of GNEC capabilities to evaluate tactics, techniques, and procedures for employment.
  • Migration of installation network functions to the Enterprise EXORD to realign CONUS Directorate of Information Management network activities and functions from installations to the Army enterprise.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army is operating in an era of persistent conflict. The relevance of a CONUS-based Army will largely be measured by the responsiveness of its expeditionary capabilities. Responsiveness is critically dependent on LandWarNet. Today, LandWarNet has gaps in meeting the requirements of our Army. The GNEC is the Army's strategy to address those capability gaps over time.

 
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