Defense about halfway through testing common core network services

Defense about halfway through testing common core network services

MONTEREY, Calif.'The Defense Information Systems Agency has tested four of nine core services for the Network-Centric Enterprise Services initiative and begun briefing commands about the results.

Debra Filippi, principal director for the NCES program, said her office is briefing the Strategic Command and Joint Forces Command on what it learned from tests conducted last month of the mediation, messaging, security and discovery NCES components.

"NECS is the core common denominator services that everyone is going to use," Filippi said during a DISA panel discussion at the Military Communications Conference 2004. The department gave the green light this summer for NCES to move into the technology demonstration phase; the goal is to reach have NCES fully operational by fall of 2007.

Through the initiative, Defense plans to integrate the nine services'enterprise service management, messaging, discovery, mediation, collaboration, user assistant, security, storage and application'over the Global Information Grid for use DOD-wide.

Meanwhile, DOD also plans next month for the military services, central Defense agencies and joint combatant commands to assign members to take part in a joint organization aimed at improving the reach and security of network operations, Army Brig. Gen. Dennis Via said during the panel discussion.

Via, principal director of Global Information Grid operations and deputy commander of the Joint Task Force on Global Network Operations, said his office is publishing a 500-day action plan and establishing a formal network operations training and certification program.

"If we have trained users, they can help mitigate many of the attacks that we're seeing," Via said, adding that typically an attempt is made to probe each new DOD computer within seven minutes of it coming online.

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