Communications Technology Optimization

Minimized SIPR access circuits and lead time for SIPR availability at new locations

CHALLENGE: NES provides security engineering, network and software integration testing, and overall engineering support of new communications technologies on the Secret Internet Protocol Routing (SIPR) over Enterprise Telecommunications Network (SoETN). Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) approached NES with specific requirements related to minimizing SIPR access circuits and lead-time for SIPR availability at new locations.

SOLUTION: With these requirements, NES designed the SoETN, which is facilitated by the existing DLA Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone network as the transport to tunnel SIPR connectivity between sites. Using our existing Wireless Area Network (WAN) infrastructure as the transport, a SIPR L3VPN was created for cipher text access interfaces, and then mapped into MPLS-TE label switched paths. Our engineers are currently involved in the migration of all legacy DLA SIPR circuits, integrating current network environments into the SoETN across the globe. NES engineers developed the solution in a closed lab and created an Implementation and Design Plan to conduct and validate testing.

RESULT: The SoETN currently deploys High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor Interoperability Specification (HAIPE IS) encryptors such as the KG-175A, 175D and KOV-26 Talon, and KIV-7m to support a variety of site configurations and user requirements. NES developed a TACLANE configuration guide based on extensive testing and deployment of the General Dynamics  encryptors across DLA, and utilizes GEM-X to remotely manage the TACLANEs. The NES engineering team also provides Tier-3 support for the sustainment of the SoETN, assisting in the troubleshooting, analysis, and resolutions of problems that arise during day-to-day network operations.