USAF GeoBase Forum - Jan/Mar 00
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Spotlighting GeoBase Synergy: The C4ISR Infrastructure Planning System
The greatest potential value from the GeoBase lies in programs beyond the traditional Civil Engineer domain leveraging the core GeoBase information infrastructure for their particular mission. Beginning with this quarterly edition of the GeoBase Forum, a different program will be spotlighted in each newsletter to help raise awareness across the GeoBase community for the wider mission benefits to sharing geospatial information.

It's common knowledge that achieving the vision of the USAF GeoBase will rely upon unprecedented teaming between the Civil Engineer (CE) and the Communications & Information (SC) communities. While CE has always served as the traditional office of primary responsibility for general mapping of AF installations, the SC function has also shared the need for accurate maps of their growing infrastructure on the same installations.

In 1997, the SAF/AQ Program Executive Officer, Mr. Gilligan, tasked the 38th Engineering and Installation Group to develop network configuration management and planning strategy for the Air Force of the future. In Sep 98, Lt Gen Donahue, AF/SC, also tasked the 38th EIG to develop a plan that covered all Air Force communications infrastructure. Subsequently, the 38th EIG has been the primary advocate for demonstrating the new capabilities of the C4ISR Infrastructure Planning System or CIPS.

The objectives of CIPS includes serving as a configuration management tool for AF bases, a planning tool for the base's systems-telecommunications engineering manager (STEM), a C4ISR readiness reporting tool, an information warfare tool, and finally a baseline network configuration tool offering support for modeling and simulation.

The Challenge. Currently, there is no automated system online within the Air Force to perform integrated base-level network configuration management of C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) systems and infrastructure. This lack of capability hinders the performance of the information operations mission and may result in critical mission failures. By fielding an automated system supporting C4ISR network configuration management, planning and system fielding, AF decision-makers, planners, and sustainers will have an interactive tool providing them with instant access to the current C4ISR picture.

In order to shrink the total cost of ownership of the AF's C4ISR infrastructure the AF must modernize its assets and systems. The most efficient means of accomplishing this challenge is to bring online an integrated network configuration management and planning system that is capable of mapping out the current base information infrastructure picture. Furthermore, the antiquated process for managing the STEM Blueprint planning process would see massive productivity improvements since the desired system would be able to automatically detect information infrastructure assets, map asset data to physical georeferenced points, and provide user access to information through a web environment.

Mission and Threat Analyses. In warfare, success is achieved through protection of friendly forces and denial of the enemy's ability to wage war. Warfare of the future will be won and lost through information dominance. The AF must modernize its information infrastructure and treat it as a weapon system to achieve the required objectives. Network centric warfare, under the Information Warfare (IW) umbrella, will be one of the dominant components of future warfare because it gives us the ability to exploit information about the enemy. In addition, it concentrates on protection of friendly C4ISR systems from enemy intrusion. Success in this type of warfare cannot be achieved without a dominant, survivable C4ISR infrastructure that is capable of being geographically visualized within the built-up environment whether in garrison or deployed. Deliberate C4ISR Infrastructure Planning (CIP) is the foundation for this C4ISR infrastructure and is necessary to achieve "dominant battlefield awareness".

CIP requires an automated toolset in order to do configuration management, C4ISR planning, and program fielding. Currently, these required AF missions are performed disjointedly resulting in minimally sufficient infrastructure planning and integration. AF planners have to deal with fragmented and incomplete configuration baselines as the foundation for their C4ISR modernization plans. This type of planning results in additional costs and poor performance of the AF's global communications grid. The AF cannot achieve the overall objectives of modernizing its C4ISR infrastructure while reducing the cost of doing business without an automated configuration management and planning tool.

Initial prototyping of the CIPS technical architecture took place at Vandenberg AFB in Feb 00. The implemented solution included: 1) a geospatial module which was dependent on the Vandenberg AFB Civil Engineer GIS infrastructure data, 2) a network discovery module to help maintain a current network configuration inventory; 3) a logical mapping application to allow a psuedo-logical map to be overlaid on the georeferenced real property data, and 4) a web-delivery mechanism. The prototype successfully demonstrated that CIPS was capable of integrating physical mapping of the Vandenberg existing C4ISR infrastructure as well as layered base maps, building floor plans, and associated data objects with the native CE GIS data.

The core of the CIPS effort lies in its ability to offer an integrated, operational picture of how our vital C4ISR network at base-level resides coincidentally with the balance of the "military city" infrastructure. By teaming with the GeoBase effort, the 38EIG has high hopes for showing how the SC and CE missions can both reach a "win-win" outcome.

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