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[] Pentagon: Global Information Grid genehmigt,
Spannende Sache, leider ist der Artikel relativ nichtssagend. Die
Dokumente zum GIG sind leider nicht für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich.
Spannend finde ich die Erkenntnis, dass "Defense in Depth" aufgegeben
wird, weil es in einem Netzwerk schwer zu sagen ist, wo die "Tiefe" der
Organisation noch liegt. RB

Pentagon OKs new info grid

By Christopher J. Dorobek, Federal Computer Week, 10/23/2001

As network-centric operations take pre-eminence within the Defense
Department, Pentagon officials have approved its first enterprise
architecture, the Global Information Grid, aimed at improving
inter.operability across the organization.

GIG has been in development for several years and replaces the
inadequate and outdated Defense Information Infrastructure (DII),
created in the early 1990s. GIG is designed to provide DOD with a
working framework for moving to network-centric operations.

The GIG architecture Version 1.0, as this edition is called, will
provide data to military forces around the world, from regional
commanders to soldiers on the front lines.

The overall goal is to provide the warfighter with the right information
at the right time in the right form and have it be assured and secure,
said John Osterholz, director of architecture and interoperability for
the DOD chief information officer's office.

"This is something that we've never really had before," said Margaret
Myers, the Pentagon's acting deputy CIO.

"We really didn't think the [DII's] paradigm and what it represented
would get us to where we needed to be," Osterholz said. "We needed
something different.

"Interoperability was not something that was addressed particularly as a
mainstream element of DII," he said. "With the network-centric
operations, interoperability becomes a more critical issue for us."

The interoperability policy was more than 10 years old, and in DOD's
communication policies, the word "network" never appeared, Osterholz

DOD is even looking at the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, the Navy's $6.9
billion effort to outsource its network infrastructure to a single
vendor, as a good test case under the GIG architecture, said Bill
Curtis, director of the DOD CIO's investment and acquisition

GIG also changes how DOD views information security. GIG moves the
military away from its traditional information technology security
stance of "Defense In Depth," which sought to provide multiple
protections from all attacks.

"That's really a paradigm that no longer applies," Osterholz said,
explaining that the threats come from so many directions now that it's
difficult to decide where an organization is going to apply its depth.

Furthermore, threats can come from many different directions even within
an organization, he noted.

DII looked at security as an add-on, Osterholz said, "an important
add-on, but an add-on." GIG makes security central to any system.

The GIG architecture recognizes the fact that DOD will be dealing with
intrusions every day, but reacts more biologically, he said. "I've got
an infection every day, and I've got to control it rather than keeping
everything out," he said.

GIG includes an operational view, which DOD officials said describes and
connects the operational elements, information flows and tasks and
activities required to accomplish mission and business operations. 
But GIG also maintains the system view, which is a more classic
enterprise architecture framework and describes and associates the
systems and how they interconnect to the operational view and its

The document detailing GIG is not available to the public. It is
available within DOD, however, on a CD-ROM that includes thousands of
pages of detail.

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