Home' Defense Systems : August and September 2013 Contents a regional composition, Jack said.
Regionalization defines and assigns
four regions and eight sub-regions of
responsibility. The Marine Corps Network
Operations Support Center has enterprise-
level operational oversight while Regional
Network Operations and Security Centers
handle regional oversight to their Marine
Air-Ground Task Force IT Support Centers
(MITSCs). Finally, MITSCs serve as local
support centers for bases, posts or stations.
This structure makes MCEN more agile,
integrated and survivable in continuity-of-
operations terms. It also makes the network
an effective business enterprise and reduces
total cost of ownership by reducing IT
"It s important that we have this type
of architecture, CONOPS -- concept of
operations -- because as everyone has expe-
rienced at one time or another, they have
been involved in a denial-of-service of pro-
portion that interrupted their ability to con-
duct business," Jack said. "Marines in close
combat with an adversary cannot afford to
have the screens go dark or their lines of
communications not functioning."
Taking to the Cloud
Private cloud computing is another area on
which the Marine Corps is building. Because
of the sensitive nature of some of the infor-
mation the service deals with, Jack said,
the corps decided to use a private cloud as
opposed to public or hybrid options.
"We are embarking on and leverag-
ing this secure private cloud computing
environment concept such that we can
now issue commercially developed and
produced and procured mobile devices and
integrate them into our network, into our
enterprise and provide combat capability to
individual Marines out in the battle space,"
he said. "That s the whole purpose."
Throughout all of these changes, the ser-
vice is working with DOD and the Defense
Information Systems Agency to ensure
adherence to security standards for highly
sensitive data and to ensure mission assur-
ance against cyberattacks.
The goals of the upgrades, according
to the Marine Corps Mobility Strategy,
are to establish a secure mobile frame-
work, transition the unclassified mobile
device infrastructure to a cost-effective and
platform-agnostic environment, and enable
bring-your-own-device policies. Eventually,
Jack said, users can use their own mobile
devices with multimodes to separate per-
sonal- and work-related hardware configu-
rations and avoid mixing business with
"We believe we re going to get a huge
return on investment as we deploy our
mobile capabilities out into the fleet
because the sheer footprint of hardware will
be reduced, maintenance and sustainment
of that hardware will be reduced," said
Jack. "But more importantly, we re giving
current technology to our Marines today so
that they can transit from a garrison embar-
kation onto an amphibious environment and
get to an expeditionary environment around
the globe and have one device to execute
VMware's Mobile Solutions
Mobile users today demand flexibility in
consuming services on any platform and
from any location, said Glenn Exline, Senior
Engineering Manager for Public-Sector End-
user Computing at VMware.
That user requirement began to surface in
2011, when more applications were being
deployed in a platform-neutral fashion
rather than being designed for a particular
platform, Exline said.
"When we look at mobile platforms and
when we look at where things are going in
the future, a platform-neutral model is what
people are looking for," he said.
The traditional desktop setup of taking
hardware and layering an operating system
on top, applications on that, user data on
that and having end users at the top of the
stack is now outdated, Exline said.
"As we move forward to a modern work-
space environment, what we really need to
do is decouple all of those things that we
were delivering to the user and deliver them
as services," he said.
VMware s End-User Computing
Platform takes users with a variety of
devices and connects them with mobile
apps, software-as-a-service and legacy apps
through Horizon, a central management
suite. Horizon acts as a broker, letting IT
managers set entitlements, policies and
authentication. It also centrally syncs files
across devices and delivers virtual desktops,
providing universal and seamless access for
the end user.
"This is what allows us to move toward
this whole BYOD era," Exline said.
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"We believe we're going to get a huge return on
investment as we deploy our mobile capabilities out
into the fleet."
--- Robert S. Jack, Deputy Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command,
Control, Communications and Computers at Headquarters Marine Corp
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