US DoD releases new network strategy for 2025-2040

5 April 2016 (Last Updated April 5th, 2016 18:30)

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has revealed the US Army's new 15-year strategy for modernising its enterprise network.

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The US Department of Defence (DoD) has revealed the US Army's new 15-year strategy for modernising its enterprise network.

Titled 'Shaping the Army Network: 2025-2040', the new guideline will focus on key areas affecting networks and systems to meet operational information requirements and sustain technological asperity by 2040.

The areas include dynamic transport, data to decisive action, robotics and autonomous operations, computing and edge sensors, cybersecurity and resiliency, and human cognitive enhancement.

"The intent is to guide development of science and technology requirements to get to 'what's next' in the evolution of the army."

US Army chief information officer / G-6 lieutenant general Robert Ferrell said: "Shaping the Army Network: 2025-2040 provides the long-term strategic direction for army enterprise network modernisation within the context of the Army Operating Concept.

"Using the IT baseline described in the Army Network Campaign Plan as a starting point, the intent is to guide development of science and technology requirements to get to 'what's next' in the evolution of the army."

In a separate note, the US Army is planning to transition the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) $120m Plan X cyberwarfare programme, which aims to assist government agencies in planning, executing and assessing cyber network operations.

Military Aerospace reported that the programme focuses on technical areas for building a prototype system, including system architecture, cyber battlespace analytics, mission construction and mission execution, and intuitive interfaces.


Image: The army's long-term network strategy, called Shaping the Army Network (2025-2040), was released during a conference in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, US. Photo: C. Todd Lopez/US Army.