adjust to any situation anywhere in the world. “We’re look-
ing to develop adaptable solutions, to have our equipment
adapt to different locations and different regions and dif-
ferent challenges that we’re going to face no matter where
we are,” she declares. “We want to support all operational
phases. We want to enable all echelons from the dismount
all the way up to the brigade, division and above tactical
operations centers. We want to support all regions and all
With NaN, that adaptability will likely include a degree
of intelligent networking that Zbozny compares to JARVIS
(Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) of Iron Man fame.
“JARVIS is an intelligent assistant that recommends courses
of action. You don’t have to do it, but sometimes it’s a good
idea,” she says. “More intelligent networking, more aware
network applications—all of those are really based on stan-
dards. We’re trying to get to a standardized network so we
can enable all of this.”
The service also is converging network operations tools.
Currently, many components are built with network oper-
ations capabilities included, but without regard to what
similar tools might be included in other components.
“What you end up with when you walk into a tactical
operations center is a whole bunch of different tools that
manage a single box and not a really good common oper-
ating picture,” Zbozny explains. The effort may reduce the
number from 30 to three, she estimates. “It may never
be just one, but even if you have three, the user can see
a common operating picture that takes feeds from those
three and shows him in one place the status of the network
and what issues he may have,” she elaborates.
Additionally, the network operations convergence effort
will provide cloud computing so that strategic-level echelons can take over some services once provided at the
tactical level. “For those services you don’t have to provide
locally, we’re starting to move some of those services out
from the tactical unit up to the strategic network—the
cloud, if you will—and have the tactical unit become a
user instead of a provider of those services,” she states.
Additionally, tactical-level operators will be able to push
cyber situational awareness data up the chain to the strategic level. Until recently, the Army Cyber Command has
had very little visibility into tactical-level networks, she
discloses. “We’re building that bridge to provide any information they need so that from their headquarters they can
see what’s going on with the whole network.”
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