DISA makes plans for joint command

MONTEREY, Calif.'The Defense Information Systems Agency is deconstructing systems such as the Global Command and Control System and moving to an architecture that gives DOD a broader hosting capability.

GCCS, the main joint battlefield C2 system, will eventually be merged into a larger initiative known as the Joint Command and Control system. JC2 will use Web services and will provide "the transformation path for joint command and control capability ... to a net-centric operating environment," said Diann L. McCoy, DISA's component acquisition executive.

DISA is building the technology development strategy and the test-and-evaluation strategy for JC2, and considering the types of services and capabilities that will run over the system, McCoy said yesterday during the MILCOM 2004 conference. An initial capability for JC2 will be rolled out in 2006.

McCoy said the joint system was part of DISA's overall transformation to an interoperable, net-centric focus.

"We have to deconstruct these systems and reconstruct them. That's the journey to achieving net-centricity," McCoy said, stressing that DISA's IT transformation would be more difficult to pull off than the Y2K challenges.

Earlier this year, DISA's former chief technology officer, Dawn Meyerriecks, said GCCS would be phased out because it has had problems scaling to handle new applications and doesn't mesh with the department's enterprise architecture requirements. Meyerriecks said the applications for JC2 will be built on re-engineered versions of the military services' existing C2 apps.


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