MPLS – Transforming DISA Networking Capability

Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Improves DISA Networking Capability

CHALLENGE: NES is playing a key role in the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) initiative in support the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) modernization. The MPLS project presents three significant challenges:

  • Implementation of advanced MPLS and IP routing technologies on the DoDIN IP core globally
  • Alignment of the MPLS network with the Joint Information Environment (JIE) initiatives including satisfying path diversity requirements with 10G/100G connectivity
  • Improvement and modernization of DoDIN capabilities through diversity, improved efficiency, and increased capacity.

The MPLS initiative enables the migration of applications, services, and global networks to an IP-based common core infrastructure by consolidating network transport capabilities, providing network normalization and consolidation as well as allowing for more efficient information sharing. The MPLS project scope includes installation and integration of two physically diverse MPLS suites interconnected and dual homed throughout the DoDIN for survivability.

SOLUTION: In support of DISA and their mission partners, NES provides architectural design, survey, engineering, planning, installation and implementation of high-speed, standardized MPLS routing platforms with 100G link capability at over 200 Army, Air Force and Navy locations worldwide. Each suite consists of a scalable provider edge capability configured to support a variety of transport services to include carrier Ethernet (VPLS, EVPL), and Layer 3 MPLS VPN as well as a customer edge capability at Army facilities. NES has completed more than 200 facility surveys; delivered over 162 implementation plans (TSIPs); installed 106 MPLS Suites; and activated 91 network connections.

RESULT: Installation of MPLS-capable IP Transport routers across the DODIN increases the security posture of each base, post, camp and station, reduces operating costs through consolidation of bandwidth and reduction transport devices, and moves the DODIN closer toward predominantly IP-capable transport network. The MPLS suites are replacing or reducing the utilization of legacy DODIN platforms, and MPLS is enabling the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), Common Mission Network Transport (CMNT), Army Network Modernization (NETMOD), the SIPRNet Access Migration (SAM), and many other DoD efforts.