The Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t track the size of communications networks, but if it did, “the GIG” would be a front runner. The GIG (short for Global Information Grid) is the digital communications infrastructure for all U.S. defense operations. Its backbone, called the DISN, is the enterprise network that provides data, video and voice services for both secure and unsecured defense operations around the globe.
Since 1999, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has used NeuralStar from Kratos Defense as the primary software component to administer the DISN as part of its Integrated Network Management System (INMS).
The INMS provides visualization, situational awareness and performance management across the GIG, including multiple network control centers. Pinpointing and resolving individual problems and potential problems in a network of this size and complexity isare vital to operations, and it can amount tocan be the digital equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. The availability of even the most robust global network can sometimes depend upon the functioning of a single device in the most remote location.
As part of the INMS, DISA uses NeuralStar to manage at both the local and global levels: operationally within the regional operations centers, and as a “manager of managers” to roll up localized data for reliable situational awareness. As DISA’s dynamic network needs have evolved, Kratos has worked in partnership to adapt NeuralStar to meet those needs. DISA uses NeuralStar because it is one of the few solutions that can set the management standards behind net-centric warfare, provide providing a unified management platform to manage the depth and breadth of the DISN and its related services.
For DISA, NeuralStar delivers: