An Update on the Joint Information Environment

Photo: Army Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, Joint Staff’s J-6, Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber official photo

Army Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, Joint Staff’s J-6, Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber official photo

Story by Army Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, Joint Staff’s J-6, Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber

Our dependence on the network has never been higher.  The cyber threat is also growing and evolving, driving us to move faster to increase our cyber resilience.  So it’s imperative that we provide a secure, sustainable, and reliable network and the Joint Information Environment outlines how we intend to accomplish this important mission.

The three pillars of JIE are its effectiveness, security and efficiency.  An effective network is one that is available, trusted and facilitates mission command.  Security in a world where the cyber threats are never ending is a must.  The network cannot be effective if it is not secure.  Those two pillars are the load-bearing walls that uphold the JIE.

Not to underplay the importance of efficiency, especially in today’s fiscal environment, but efficiency is more the byproduct realized through consolidation and economies of scale as the department changes from a culture of “my” network to a culture of “our” network.

Today, tangible JIE benefits are being realized.  U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command have the initial Enterprise Operations Center providing the combatant commanders with unprecedented cyber situational awareness.

This summer, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, will implement the first JIE Joint Regional Security Stack coupled with the integration of Multiprotocol Label Switching, and Europe will implement JRSS and MPLS this fall.  European Command’s implementation is a full two years ahead of schedule, and JBSA is not even on the current JIE schedule.  JBSA is a perfect example of the team answering my call to implement JIE or JIE enabling capabilities wherever it is right to do so or where the opportunity presents itself, regardless of schedule.

The focused work we are doing in Europe and whenever appropriate, across the globe, could be characterized as our current operation.  The future operation will be in the Pacific, where the initial planning to implement JIE is currently underway.  U.S. Pacific Command will adopt the initial JIE capabilities delivered in Europe, and expand the planning to include information exchange requirements for our mission partners, as well as extending JIE capability to the tactical edge.

In light of the cyber threat, it is obvious to me that we are making, and must continue to make, great strides with JIE.  We are endeavoring to deliver a network that commanders have the faith and confidence:

  • will be there when they need it
  • will do what they need and intend it to do
  • will allow our cyber mission forces freedom to maneuver
  • will provide the critical shared situational awareness required to command and control cyberspace.

Read these related links to learn more about the Joint Information Environment:

The Joint Information Environment White Paper 

The Defense Information Systems Agency: JIE

Official Describes Joint Information Environment

Official Describes Joint Information Environment Blueprint 

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