[ISN] Army poised for Mannheim project

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Date: Fri Apr 12 2002 - 01:05:33 PDT

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    By Dan Caterinicchia 
    April 11, 2002
    The U.S. Army Signal Command and many defense agency partners soon 
    will begin participating in the Mannheim project, an effort designed 
    to help the Army develop an integrated computer network defense as 
    part of its overall information technology transformation and 
    The project will begin next week as phased exercises that will 
    incorporate the institutional and tactical Army, said Maj. Gen. James 
    Hylton, commander of the Army Signal Command, speaking at an April 10 
    asymmetric warfare symposium sponsored by the Association of the U.S. 
    Hylton added that the Defense Department's information environment is 
    a prime target for asymmetric warfare, which encompasses anything -
    personnel, tactics, weapons - that helps negate one side's advantage 
    in a battle.
    In addition to the Signal Command, numerous other joint military 
    partners are involved, including the Defense Information Systems 
    Agency and the Space and Missile Defense Command. All are treating the 
    Mannheim project as a priority, Hylton said.
    "It will help us examine and develop organization, tactics, techniques 
    and procedures to facilitate an integrated Army computer network 
    defense," Hylton told Federal Computer Week.
    Hylton also detailed changes going on within the Signal Command as it 
    shifts into its new role as Network Enterprise Technology Command 
    (Netcom), which is charged with providing management for all of the 
    Army's IT and networks.
    Beginning May 1, Netcom will provide situational awareness of all the 
    service's computer networks to the Army chief information officer's 
    office, he said. The Signal Command's current mission is to support 
    the Forces Command.
    Hylton added that Netcom's job initially will require manual and 
    electronic reporting to provide a valid assessment of the Army's 
    enterprise network, with the goal of having centralized operations and 
    management across the infostructure sometime in the future.
    Netcom, which will formally launch Oct. 1 along with a number of other 
    Army headquarters changes, is made up of personnel from the Signal 
    Command and other organizations. It is establishing regional CIO 
    offices to coordinate with centralized installation management to 
    oversee command, control, communications and computers for each 
    region, Hylton said. 
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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