As announced in a recent press release, Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, has won three task orders totaling $8.6 million to continue support to the US Army Headquarters Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 and G-8 in assessing, validating and prioritizing current and future warfighting capabilities, as well as the Army’s Battle Command Simulation and Experimentation office. Alion’s work will bolster the US Army’s efforts to expand and enhance LandWarNet, which connects literally every Army information system and electronic process, to deliver essential mission command capabilities that provide optimal return on investment.
Alion will provide subject matter experts to assist the US Army with prioritizing, integrating and mitigating LandWarNet and mission command capabilities. This will better enable US Army to make short-, mid-range and long-term decisions that impact funding, development and warfighter capabilities. Alion will also help in delivering a fully trained Army modeling and simulation (M&S) community that best meets US Army’s warfighting needs by supplying trained M&S professionals.
The Context (LandWarNet and the GIG)
LandWarNet started as a media campaign to identify the US Army's overall network strategy for the future force. The US Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Futures Center created LandWarNet as a concept and strategy so that it would be recognized in the Joint services community.
LandWarNet started off as TRADOC's operational and tactical network requirements for the future warfighter. Bringing together all those capabilities under one name, LandWarNet, helps funnel those into one view. LandWarNet integrates all the disparate efforts into one network. One giant system, with all these many pieces, come together in LandWarNet.
LandWarNet links information capabilities that enable warfighters to perform their missions. Through the validation, prioritization, analysis, simulation and integration of combat capabilities, resources are used to US Army’s best advantage, to save time and money and provide warfighters with ever-improving capabilities.
The idea behind LandWarNet is how to best support the warfighter, the Soldier. It will give Soldiers the ability to reach up and grab that information they need. LandWarNet brings together the Active and Reserve Components and connects them into the Global Information Grid (GIG), i.e. the globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities, associated processes, and personnel necessary to collect, process, store, disseminate, and manage information on demand for users. The GIG includes all owned and leased communications and computing systems and services, software (including applications), data, security services, and other associated services necessary to achieve information superiority.
LandWarNet is the infrastructure and services that comprise the US Army’s portion of the GIG. For strategic oversight, the development of LandWarNet has been divided into two strategic initiatives:
- developing the LandWarNet institutional infrastructure, which encompasses the network, applications, and information technology (IT) processes that support Army institutions (the generating force)
- developing LandWarNet operational capabilities, which includes network capabilities, applications, and processes that directly support the operating force.