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Report: DISA, Combatant Commands to Set Up Pilot Connectivity Network for Austere Environments

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has teamed up with select combatant commands to develop a network pilot that will provide connectivity to classified networks in harsh environments, C4ISR and Networks reported Monday.

Alfred Rivera, director of the development and business center at DISA, will set up gray networks alongside the Africa Command and European Command to help mission partners send and retrieve data using encryption technology, reports C4ISR.

The National Security Administration defines a gray network as a network between an inner virtual private network gateway and wireless local area network access system which contains single encrypted classified data.

Jessie Showers, infrastructure directorate executive at DISA’s operations center, said that the gray network will provide access to classified networks without the use of a full classified kit based on NSA capacities.

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