Defense official describes progress toward net-centricity

Defense official describes progress toward net-centricity

Network-centric operations has leapfrogged from the concept stage into reality, according to Mike Frankel, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and IT systems.

Frankel said the Defense Department is building the infrastructure for the Global Information Grid and all of its layer components, from communications to services. He spoke today at the Association for Enterprise Integration's Network Centric Operations 2003 conference in Vienna, Va.

Communications is a key layer in the network-centric program, Frankel said, citing the $5.7 billion Joint Tactical Radio System and the $800 million GIG-Bandwidth Expansion program.

The Defense Information Systems Agency recently released a request for proposals for GIG-BE, which would be a worldwide 10-Gbps Defense network.

JTRS, meanwhile, is undergoing a shift in how it will be used, Frankel said. 'JTRS is no longer a networking program,' he said. 'Instead of replacing lots of boxes [under the program], we are now talking about an intelligent routing radio system. What we're building is an internet.'

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