The Defense Department plans to field parts of its end-to-end network connecting the Pentagon and its military service arms this summer in the European Command, Federal News Radio reports.
Navy Vice Adm. Harry Harris, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told attendees of a Thursday AFCEA event the Pentagon will extend associated Internet Protocol services of the Joint Information Environment to all EUCOM Pentagon entities.
JIE will run via cloud architectures and leverage success from Army and Defense Information Systems Agency joint enterprise networks, Harris said.
Pentagon officials hope military branches and DISA will act as service providers to the rest of the command during the European tests.
The Army will tentatively be the primary service provider to Northern Europe and the Navy will cover Southern Europe in the Pentagon’s plans, the report said.
Rear Adm. David Simpson, vice chairman of the Defense Information Systems Agency, said the Pentagon will test JIE in the Pacific Command following EUCOM testing.
The Pentagon will alter its delivery methods based on the trials to eventually roll out a common interoperable architecture over service-specific data warehouses, Simpson said.
Simpson told Federal News Radio the agency is working to reform its networks and assemble them at a higher level instead of leaving it to deployed service-people to do.
The Pentagon is additionally altering the way it fields its network architectures as a result of future funding constraints, Simpson added.
Officials indicated JIE will help create a joint information technology governance to improve IT resources and allocation also help reduce the Pentagon’s overall IT footprint by standardizing network configurations.
JIE will play a role in data center consolidation, lead to a standardized identity and access management system and help the Pentagon to implement enterprise services including enterprise email, officials said.
Simpson added that the Pentagon is working with the intelligence community to collapsing classified domains into a single space.
The IC and Pentagon are in early stages of determining a common root of trust, Simpson said.