Army Network Cross Functional Team

Thursday, June 28, 2018

On June 27, the U.S. Army announced its upcoming Army Network Cross Functional Team Technical Industry Forum (Solicitation Number: W15P7T-18-R-NCFT). Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on July 20.

The U.S. Army Network-Cross Functional Team, with Program Executive Office C3T, will host a tactical network related forum to discuss needs for distributed computing (mission command) solutions, including the potential to deliver Cloud services to tactical formations. This Technical Industry Forum will take place from August 1-2, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Marriott Raleigh City Center. All persons who wish to attend this forum must register no later than 5:00p.m. (EST) July 20, 2018. Registration is available at this link:

There is a modest registration fee of $62 for this event. This fee will cover catered breakfast and lunch for both days. Registration and payment, via Eventbrite, is REQUIRED to attend this event. There will be no refunds. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on July 20, 2018.

The goal of the event is to assist industry partners and interested government organizations in identifying and aligning their efforts with Army tactical network modernization priorities. This event is meant for a technical audience to include Cloud service providers, systems and software engineers, architecture experts, data analytical experts and integrators. The Army encourages non-defense IT companies to participate in this two day forum, as these companies may have innovative solutions to enable: data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, block chain, multi-level security, identity and access management and storage and delivery across Army tactical formations operating in a disconnected, intermitted and limited bandwidth (DIL) environment.

The first day will provide an introduction to Army hierarchy and decision making structures in order to enable technical audience members to understand the physical and network environments in which the Army operates. Technical panels will then discuss Army network implementation, management, and constraints in four distributed computing (mission command) related areas: 1. Data Logistics; 2. Infrastructure; 3. Enterprise Service Architecture; 4. Mission Partner Environment.

The second day will offer an opportunity for conversation and technical exchange between audience members and Army network technical experts and user community representatives. This day will reseat panel members who will be prepared for conversation exchange on each topic area addressed on day one. This will enable vendors, in an open session, to ask questions for clarification, operational understanding (uniformed operators will be present) and technical understanding. Each topical session will have a moderated panel and will field questions from attendees regarding that topic. At the end of the event, for those interested, the Army will host a ‘doing business with the Army’ session for those vendors who would like to understand how to respond to Army solicitations, work with Small Business Offices and explore types of Army contracts that might be employed to seek capability. This session is optional. This information is intended to help scope follow-on white papers and demonstrations resulting from this technical forum.

Agenda Follows:

DAY 1:

0700-0800: Registration/Breakfast
0800-0810: Opening remarks
0810-0830: Remarks by MG Pete Gallagher, Director, Network CFT 
0830-0850: Remarks by MG Dave Bassett, PEO C3T 0850-0950: "Army 101”: Operational Structure
Description: Overview of the Army's structure, units, and operating methods.
0950-1005: Break
1005-1100: “Army 201”: The Network 
Description: Overview of the Army's networks and how they relate to the Operational Structure, challenges relating to the network, and what cloud related problems we are asking industry to solve.
1100-1130: UPDATE: Mission Command Software Development Kit 
1130-1230: LUNCH
1230-1330: Topic 1 Panel: Data Logistics
Description: Soldiers & Sensors generate mass quantities of data that must be aggregated for analysis at higher echelons; the outcome of which must be transferred as actionable intelligence to the edge of the battlefield.
1330-1430: Topic 2: Infrastructure
Description: Army Units are not aligned on a single baseline – often requiring units to integrate legacy technology into advantaged environments. Disparity between hardware types and bandwidth at various echelons increases the difficulty of moving data around.
1430-1445: Break
1445-1545: Topic 3: Enterprise Service Architecture
Description: Army wants a service architecture that mimics commercial DevOps including marketplace, cloud service, and edge applications for Warfighting Functions. As well as leveraging ML & AI at lowest possible echelon within Infrastructure Constraints to maximize operational effects.
1545-1645: Topic 4: Mission Partner Environment
Description: Every Combatant Command (Joint Headquarters) establishes a unique MPE for each mission/partner group. Army Units are expected to operate within these environments sometimes while operating multiple security enclaves. Tactical Edge must interoperate with partner units on ground, sharing only releasable data as defined by Combatant Command (SECREL/SBU/FVEY)
1645-1700: Closing Remarks
1800: No Host Social

DAY 2:

0800-0900: Breakfast
0900-0910: Welcome & Admin Remarks
0910-1000: Discussion/Q&A: Data Logistics
1000-1050: Discussion/Q&A: Infrastructure
1050-1105: Break
1110-1200: Discussion/Q&A: Enterprise Service Architecture
1220-1300: Lunch
1300-1350: Discussion/Q&A: Mission Partner Environment
1350-1420: “Expectations: What we need from Industry”
1430: END
1430-1530: OPTIONAL SESSION: “Doing Business with the Government”