Dramatically Reduced Labor and Travel Costs

SIPRNet T-1 circuits to 300 Army Reserve facilities allow central management of cryptographic infrastructure

CHALLENGE: NES has been directly supporting the US Army Reserve Command’s (USARC) SIPR-to-Battalion Program since August 2009. Under this tasking, NES personnel are extending Secret Internet Protocol Routing Network (SIPRNet) T-1 circuits from Defense Information System Network (DISN) service delivery nodes to approximately 300 Army Reserve facilities located throughout the continental United States.

SOLUTION: As part of this program, NES is employing an implementation strategy based on transitioning circuits from Traditional key material to Modern key material as part of the Department of Defense Crypto Modernization Program. NES is employing Over-The-Air-Transfer (OTAT) to provide NSA’s Enhanced Firefly key material to all supported sites from a central Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) COMSEC account.

RESULT: This strategy allows USARC to more centrally manage its cryptographic infrastructure while dramatically reducing labor and travel costs associated with the implementation and sustainment of its SIPR-to-Battalion capability.

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