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USAF, Army Implement JRSS at Joint Base San Antonio; Mark Orndorff Comments

networkThe U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army have teamed up to share information network capacity through a Joint Regional Security Stack located at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

The joint network will work to to manage online traffic for both Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston in order to achieve network security and performance, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

“The JRSS Management Suite allows us to monitor and centrally control our security configurations,” said Mark Orndorff, chief mission assurance executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency, which is also a partner in this program.

“As new threats emerge, we can quickly assess the risk and more effectively mitigate identified risks across the enterprise.”

According to DoD, the Air Force and Army are also leveraging Multi-Protocol Label Switching with command-and-control tools to manage data flow and prevent loss or stalls in case of online traffic congestion.

With full operations scheduled for this coming winter, DoD said DISA is installing MPLS routers at 90 locations by September next year, while the Army is upgrading its building switches.

It added that the forces want to extract lessons from this project to inform future implementations of JRSS.

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