The demonstration was at Fort Huachuca’s Technology Information Center (TIC) and included high-level engineers from the Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC), Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), Network Enterprise Center (NEC), Joint Interoperability Test Center (JITC) and Information Assurance (IA) Engineering groups. The demonstration was also to brief Major General Jennifer L. Napper, Commander of NETCOM and her staff including Deputy Commander Brigadier General Frederick A. Henry, Chief Technology Officer Mr. Dan Bradford, and Director of Network Enterprise Center (NEC) Kenneth Acord on the value of using AST’s Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON).
During the two-day event, approximately fifty individuals from the various local organizations visited the Mobile Lab for the demonstration with a great deal of inquisitiveness and enthusiasm about Armored ShieldTM Technologies’
In a May 11, 2012 memorandum by Major General Jennifer L. Napper for directors titled “Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space (AONS)” drafted for the HQDA, CIO/G6 at the Army Pentagon, she outlined the Program Execution Requirements for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) for fiscal year (FY) 13.
Major General L. Napper also outlined the budget-constrained plans that include the use of United Capabilities (UC) as part of the FY13 effort and beyond. The Department of Army (DA) Technical Guidance for Networks Modernization, NETCOM, has identified a requirement for all new construction and major renovations to utilize Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON). In areas where there are multiple data classifications, this would require an Armored SPONTM Network installation. Any deviation from this requirement would require a waiver from the CG, NETCOM prior to execution.
A second memorandum, dated July 30, 2012, was generated by the Army TEMPEST Program Manager after the testing and reviewing Armored SPONTM NIPRNet and Armored SPONTM NIPRNet DIACAP documents of record within the Federal Government’s EITDR and eMass systems. This Memorandum for Records references the Technical Counterintelligence requirements and NSTISSI 7003 for Protective Distribution Systems (PDS).
The document states that the use of interlocking armored fiber and alarmed carrier are permitted, provided all termination of the interlocking armored fiber to any portions of the PDS (e.g. Secure Lockboxes, Junction Boxes, etc.) provide equivalent physical security and that the standard operating procedure includes detailed alarm response times, response action, and alarm verification procedures as outlined in the Armored SPONTM NIPRNet and Armored SPONTM NIPRNet DIACAP documents of record.
“AST developed this leading-edge technology and has been recognized by the US Army as the innovator, demonstrating the legitimacy of what AST has developed beyond manufacturer or integrators claims that their components or combination of multiple manufacturer’
Government network engineers consider Armored SPON™ to solve multiple prominent issues: insufficient budgets to afford the required number of encryption devices, and insufficient personnel to perform the required daily inspections of a traditional Protective Distribution Systems (PDS); the ability for adds, move or changes from NIPRNet to SIPRNet without new construction costs; the ability to for multiple classifications under a single network infrastructure;