DOD plans big IT grid
- By George I. Seffers
- Nov 05, 2000
The Global Information Grid is just a concept now, but by 2006 it likely
will grow into one of the Defense Department's biggest programs, according
to a study by the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association.
GIG is designed to provide seamless, fully interoperable data to military
forces, from regional commanders in chief to soldiers in the foxhole — to
be, in short, the glue that joins the military's disparate command, control,
communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
GIG is not yet a formal program and therefore has no money allocated
directly to it in the federal budget. But the concept is being fed by hundreds
of existing programs, including the Future Combat System, DD-21, Warfighter
Information Network-Tactical and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications
Until 2005, the work related to GIG will lie in myriad programs, according
to the association's 10-year market report. But after 2006, GIG will congeal
and become its own line item — probably becoming "the largest system of
systems item that we can see for now out there," said Franz Hirschmann,
co-chairman of the association's committee on information assurance.
GIG will be funded with already budgeted money instead of additional
funds, Hirschmann said.
Although GIG is a priority within the office of assistant secretary
of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence and for
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it has to receive support from a national figure,
association officials said.
"Something as important and as big as the GIG should have full presidential
support. In the absence of that, [the military] would settle for the full
support of the secretary of Defense," Hirschmann said.