Thursday July 30, 2009
What is it?
"GNEC is the focused, timed-phased, prioritized, resource sensitive Army-wide strategy to transition LandWarNet from many loosely-affiliated independent networks into a truly global capability that is designed, deployed, and managed as a single integrated enterprise." - Army CIO/G-6, January 23, 2009
Transforming LandWarNet (LWN) to an enterprise activity requires globally aggregating Army networks and synchronizing LWN activities with other activities like Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Global Defense Posture (GDP) Realignment, and Pacific transformation.
GNEC focuses on four principle objectives: (1) operationalize LWN, (2) improve overall LWN security, (3) realize economies and efficiencies while improving effectiveness, and (4) enable Army interoperability and collaboration with mission partners.
What has the Army done?
In a March 2, 2009 memo, the Army Chief of Staff directed the transformation of LWN using GNEC as the network enterprise strategy. In May, the Army conducted an operational evaluation that validated using the GNEC strategy to operationalize LWN. The 9th Signal Command (Army) began consolidating Information Technology services including enterprise email, data, and software/hardware in area processing centers (APCs). This will project and forward stage information and services, provide enhanced security and reduced cost of ownership across LWN. In 2009, the Army made an initial investment in network operations (NetOps) to standardize management tools and close network defense gaps.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Over the next three years, the Army will deploy five network service centers (NSCs) providing a global construct by theater, starting with Europe in 2009, CONUS (2) and Southwest Asia in 2010, and Pacific in 2011; re-align CONUS installation network enterprise centers (a.k.a. DOIMs) under 9th Signal Command (Army); and establish up to six APCs in CONUS and seven OCONUS - all critical steps in instituting an enterprise management approach and supporting ARFORGEN, BRAC and GDP initiatives.
Why is this important to the Army?
To ensure Army and mission partners have the right information, at the right time, at the right place, GNEC will: (1) provide Soldiers a secure, single identity from home station to any deployed environment and back; (2) support enhanced training capabilities via live, virtual and constructive modeling and simulation; (3) facilitate an omnipresent Battle Command and weapon system network; and (4) provide one network to both the generating and operating forces to enable warfighting capabilities across all phases of joint operations.
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