LANDWARNET and the Global Information Grid

Thursday July 5, 2007

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 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/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, development of the LandWarNet has been divided into two strategic initiatives: Develop the LandWarNet Institutional Infrastructure spans the network, applications, and information technology (IT) processes that support the institutional Army. Develop LandWarNet Operational Capabilities includes network capabilities, applications, and processes that directly support the operating force.

What has the Army done? Army established the following which will be leveraged to continue efficiency and effectiveness improvement efforts: a compliance and certification process; mission area and domain governance structure for IT investments; Lean Six Sigma and Information Systems Management Portfolio Management as key Business Transformation processes; and a strategic 500 Day Plan. Specific IT capability milestones achieved in FY06 are outlined in the CIO/G-6 500 Day Plan Update.

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 provide the guidance, policy, oversight, and leadership for the efficient planning, implementation, operation, and sustainment of a global information infrastructure which provides seamless and secure interoperability, network services, and end-to-end connectivity. A key element of this is the development, equipping, and training of signal forces. The CIO/G-6 500-Day Plan update also outlines many of the various specific initiatives planned.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.


- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.


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