Maybe not everything should be on DODIN

Maybe not everything should be on DODIN

The Defense Department is looking for the best network infrastructure solutions to support its counter threat and counter proliferation missions.  And according to a request for information from the Combatting Terrorism and Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), one piece of that puzzle could be the ability to quickly spin up network infrastructure that is independent of the DOD Information Network (DODIN).

A RFI for "Off-DOD Network Infrastructure" describes the network as long term, flexible, affordable and scalable, and calls for the following capabilities:

  • The infrastructure would host, disseminate, organize, analyze and manage unclassified data from executive agencies with access constraints and full-time encryption standards.
  • The network design would be based on mission-focused “cells” operating within a common infrastructure and supported by authentication, end-user access, security, auditing and compliance.
  • End-user authentication must allow for cell access and mission-controlled services and information requests.
  • The ability for cells to connect with each other via commercial mobile and tablet systems, as well as share information with the broader Off-DOD network, DODIN and other government agency networks.
  • Support for between five to 10,000 simultaneous users, with the ability to scale further with three to four days' notice.

CTTSO and DTRA are not actively soliciting proposals at this stage, but rather seeking input on the general architecture, options for scalability and concepts for including non-traditional users "in a federated ... partitioned, distributed environment."

Responses are due by July 10 at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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