Army is nearly ready to unify its network operations

Army is nearly ready to unify its network operations

The Army is only weeks away from bringing together all its network operations under a single command, the service's CIO, Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello, said today at the Homeland Security and National Defense Symposium in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Army's transformation initiative includes the Network Enterprise Technology Command, which will be based in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., beginning Oct. 1. It will be headed by Major Gen. James C. Hylton, the commander of the Army Signal Command.

"We have to run the Army's networks as an enterprise," Cuviello said. "This was the means to bring it together. All the Army networks will now migrate under the watchful eye of NETCOM."

NETCOM will oversee all Army major command networks, as well as Reserve and National Guard systems. The systems will be managed by IT specialists in NETCOM's Enterprise Systems Technology Activity.

The group will oversee the Army Knowledge Online portal, handle spectrum management issues, and secure Army networks, Cuviello said.

There are 1.1 million Army personnel using Army Knowledge Online, including active-duty, Reserve, civilian and National Guard members, Cuviello said. Once the Army signs up another 500,000 employees, everyone will be signed on, he said.

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