The Army Enterprise Network/LandWarNet
July 21, 2010
<b>The Army Enterprise Network/LandWarNet</b>
<b>What is it' </b>
The Army enterprise network is a single, secure, standards-based, versatile infrastructure linked by networked, redundant transport systems, sensors, warfighting and business applications and data to provide our Soldiers and civilians the information they need, when they need it, in any environment, to enable full spectrum operations with our joint, coalition and interagency partners.
<b>What has the Army done' </b>
The Army is 'collapsing' networks and eliminating stovepipes. Every Soldier - whether in garrison or operating in a deployed location in a command post, on the move or on foot patrol -- will be on a single integrated communications network.
The Army has established technical standards that align closely with industry and is selecting a common operating environment to improve software development. These efforts ensure interoperable command and control systems and faster adoption of emerging technologies.
The Army is fielding new networked battle command capabilities that include: unmanned aerial vehicles, new ground combat vehicles, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and the Warfighter Information Network (Tactical) WIN-T. They leverage the power of today's internet-protocol based systems and mobile ad-hoc networking technologies-which ensure that commanders and Soldiers will no longer need to stop or slow operations to get critical information.
<b>What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future' </b>
The network implementation framework includes four lines of operation that will drive the development and deployment of the Army network. This process will establish standards; align requirements, priorities and gaps; and integrate and synchronize the deployment of the network to capitalize on new technologies as they emerge. Additionally, the Army recently demonstrated a fully integrated tactical network where all of the "pieces" of network modernization were brought together for the first time. Over the coming months, the Army will continue to execute its roadmap to network integration and modernization.
The network will provide robust digital connectivity down to the Soldier level and enable Soldiers to access information at the right place and time to achieve a decisive advantage over any enemy they face. Commanders will be able to fuse information more efficiently, enabling a more accurate understanding of the battlefield and better collaboration to enhance decision-making.
<b>Why is this important to the Army' </b>
Nine years of war have demonstrated how important the network is to our Army. In future operational environments, where the tactical and strategic environments will often be seamless, it is the network that will provide the ability to gain and maintain the operational advantage over our adversaries.
<a href="http://www.army.mil/ciog6/" target="_blank"> Army Chief Information Officer/G-6</a>
<a href="https://www.g8.army.mil/index.html" target="_blank"> Army G-8</a>
<a href="http://www.army.mil/standto/archive/2010/04/29/" target="_blank"> STAND-TO! edition, April 29, 2010:<i> The Army Modernization Strategy</i></a>
<a href="https://www.g8.army.mil/pdf/AMS2010_lq.pdf" target="_blank"> Army Modernization Strategy document</a>
<i>Related article: </i> <a href="http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/07/19/42518-army-officials-continue-push-for-system-consolidation/" target="_blank">Army officials continue push for system consolidation</a>