Airmen will soon be seeing changes to their network services as the Air Force, in partnership with the Army and Defense Information Services Agency (DISA), transitions to a Joint Information Environment.
The Joint Information Environment (JIE) is a shared, modern IT infrastructure providing enterprise services with a single security architecture. The goal of the JIE is to enable the Depart of Defense to achieve full-spectrum superiority and improve mission effectiveness by allowing warfighters to focus on the core cyber mission instead of manpower-intensive network maintenance.
The four foundational pillars of the JIE are connecting our Airmen, protecting our information, providing secure and efficient compute and store for mission applications, and delivering secure, modern enterprise services.
General John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, highlighted the four JIE pillars in a recent speech at the AFCEA Cyberspace Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. He reiterated, “We have to connect our forces; we have to connect our coalition partners; we have to connect and secure weapons. We have to connect all those pieces and then we have to protect that information. Those simple, yet key aspects of creating a fluid, connected, and secure force is what this is all about.”
While the Air Force’s Base Information Transport Infrastructure (BITI) initiative focuses on delivering wired and wireless network services at each Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard base, another initiative, in collaboration with the Army, focuses on increasing the connectivity to the DISA Information Network (DODIN) by 40 to 100 times the current bandwidth. Together, these initiatives will enable fast, reliable, and secure connectivity that will dramatically improve every Airman’s ability to access information.
To protect our critical information resources, DISA, the Army and the Air Force have begun working toward a Single Security Architecture (SSA). The first step in achieving the cyber security needs of the department is the Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS). The JRSS is a comprehensive suite of hardware and software specifically tailored to meet the unique cyber defense needs of the services and the department as a whole, including the ability to share information with our mission partners and access cloud services securely. The Navy agreed to migrate to JRSS beginning in 2017 which will complete the joint commitment to this effort.
Source:: Air Force Space Command