LandWarNet and the Global Information Grid

Friday March 24, 2006

What is it? The "Global Information Grid" (GIG) is a globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities, associated processes, and personnel for collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and managing information on demand to warfighters, 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 of 1996. The GIG supports all Department of Defense (DOD), National Security, and related Intelligence Community missions and functions (strategic, operational, tactical, and business) 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 of warfighting and business information. LandWarNet will enable voice, video, and data to the edge of the tactical formations -- ultimately pushing these capabilities lower and lower into our Modular Army's Brigades, Battalions, and Soldiers. A robust LandWarNet will enable improved operational cycle times. This will create unprecedented levels of flexibility and agility for logistical support, actionable intelligence, and situational awareness, and for quality and speed of decision-making for enhanced Battle Command across the full spectrum of conflict (land and cyberspace) and support to natural disasters.

What has the Army done? Specific capability milestones achieved include: dispersed communications at the quick halt for deploying units; interoperability certification of Army Battle Command Systems; verification that Warfighter Information Network-Tactical technology can provide high-capacity, wireless voice and data network access to commanders at all levels of the force despite a very dynamic operating environment. The dispersed communications capability was also used for Hurricane Katrina relief support. Army also established the following which will be leveraged to continue efficiency and effectiveness improvement efforts: mission area and domain governance structure for LandWarNet; Lean Six Sigma and Information Systems Management Portfolio Management as key Business Transformation processes; and a strategic 500 Day Plan.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? To achieve LandWarNet capabilities, the Army's Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6) will plan, develop, implement, operate, and sustain a global information infrastructure to provide seamless and secure interoperability, network services, and end-to-end connectivity, as well as oversee the development, equipping, and training of signal forces. This architecture will be in synchronization with the Joint Staff J6 Campaign Plan and will be the Army portion of one virtual network that provides transport and services (e.g., core enterprise services) across the Joint force. For strategic oversight, the Development of LandWarNet has been divided into two distinct, yet interrelated, strategic objectives: Develop the LandWarNet Institutional Infrastructure and Develop LandWarNet Operational Capabilities.

Why is this important to the Army? The Army remains committed to providing reliable communications for a global force and LandWarNet is a key enabler for information superiority, decision superiority, and ultimately full spectrum dominance. The LandWarNet will dramatically improve the warfighting capabilities of Army forces across the full spectrum of conflict on the land and in cyberspace.

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