DOD lays out enterprise architecture plans

The Defense Department next year will start integrating a common set of information services over the Global Information Grid. Scheduled for completion later this decade, the grid will be a globally connected, single information system with an enterprise architecture called the Net-Centric Enterprise Service.

Science Applications International Corp. last month received a $50 million, five-year contract from the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan and develop the grid.

Some elements of the new architecture will be leased: communications, computing systems and services, software and security services, said Linda Kjonnerod, a program analyst for DOD technology. She said she expects the initiative to be primarily contracted out'as the Navy did with its Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

'This is the infrastructure that is needed for intranet-centric types of activities,' said Kjonnerod, who spoke about NCES during the 18th annual Federal Outlook conference on Wednesday, sponsored by Federal Sources Inc. of McLean, Va.

Kjonnerod said DOD is pushing for early approval from congressional leaders to begin work on the initiative later this year.

Defense CIO John Stenbit said NCES will offer a common set of information capabilities over the grid to access, collect, process, store, disseminate and manage information. Warfighters, policy-makers and support personnel will all use it.

'Decision cycles will be shortened by providing near-real-time connectivity and computing power to get the right information, at the right time, in the right format to meet operational, tactical and mission support needs,' Stenbit said.

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