Revitalized DISN will extend GIG-BE's reach

The $900 million Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion program will give the Defense Information Systems Network a new lease on life.

To revamp DISN for integration with GIG-BE, the Defense Information Systems Agency next month will release a request for proposals for the DISN Access Transport Services contract.

Before the department can issue the RFP, the DATS project must get approval from the Defense Department's senior IT officials. DISA wants to award the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract this summer.

Joseph P. Boyd, chief of DISA's Center for Network Services, said the DATS contract will merge the DISN and GIB-BE at DOD sites not covered by GIG-BE.

DOD is rolling out GIG-BE worldwide at roughly 100 sites. The ground-based switched optical network will create a worldwide information backbone supporting 10-Gbps or faster connections.

By September, GIG-BE will be operational at 10 sites. The program will add 10 more sites by December and finish deployment by September of next year.

DISN, with more than 800,000 users worldwide, serves up data, voice and video information to all major Defense bases, posts and installations.

'This allows me to extend GIG-BE beyond the 100 bases to the edges, to the 600 posts, camps and stations across DOD,' said Boyd at Friday's Telestrategies Federal Networks 2004 conference. 'The DATS contract provides an internodal connection to GIG-BE and DISN.'

DISA plans to re-engineer DISN by moving from a circuit-based transport system to IP, he said. DATS will use a standardized service delivery strategy, Boyd said.

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