USAISEC-TIC to Begin Unified Capabilities APL Testing Support for Army-Sponsored IT Products
February 26, 2010
- USAISEC-TIC to Begin Unified Capabilities APL Testing Support for Army-Sponsored IT Products
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz - The U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering CommandAca,!a,,cs Technology Integration Center is preparing to begin testing commercial internet technology products for the Defense Information Systems Agency Unified Capabilities Approved Product List.
This testing initiative was initiated by DISA and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Network Information Integration Distributed Testing, through the release of the 2008 Unified Capabilities Requirements document to identify military department testing facilities that can support the unified capabilities approved product list, or UC APL, testing mission.
"The TIC was established in 1985 with the sole purpose of verifying vendor claims, and testing IT products targeted to be implemented into the Army's infrastructure. Since then we have expanded our capabilities and expertise in the testing arena. We are poised and anxious to support the UC APL initiative," said Arlie Barer, senior engineer at TIC.
TIC has developed into a state-of-the art testing facility that evaluates commercial-off-the-shelf internet technology products, to include communications, computer, network, and security products in support of Army, joint customers, and program managers.
Initiated by the release of the 2008 Unified Capabilities Requirements document, DISA and OSD NII dictated that military departments provide testing support for commercial components to be fielded at select locations.
To respond to this requirement, USAISEC-TIC representatives participated in the DISA/OSD NII chaired Distributed Testing working group meetings to brief TIC capabilities to include testing the Army Assured Services Local Area Network; wireless; firewall; Intrusion Prevention System/Intrusion Detection System; and Virtual Private Network products.
USAISEC-TIC's partnered with Joint Interoperability Testing Center (JITC) to help in stream-lining the UC APL testing cycle for Army-sponsored IT products. This partnership should ultimately help in allowing these products to get on the UC APL and implemented in the field where it can support the Warfighter, according Mark Beattie, director of TIC.
In collaboration with the Chief Information Officer/G6; primary acquisition PM fielding unified capabilities components; and PM Network Support Centers, the TIC will identify the business model needed to support the UC APL testing mission.
The TIC is working with JITC to finalize the UC wireless testing plan that will be used to begin the first tests on wireless products for the UC APL. The TIC took a leading role in compiling the wireless test requirements and procedures to implement the wireless test plan. JITC hopes to complete the plan in November 2010. The TIC is coordinating with wireless vendors who have submitted their products for UC APL testing.