Army Network Campaign Plan sets future path

The Army Network Campaign Plan supports mission readiness by providing the vision and direction that set conditions for and lay a path to the network of 2020 and beyond.

It is the overarching plan unifying the Army’s efforts to provide a modern network designed to meet the Army’s warfighting and business needs, today and tomorrow.

The ANCP supports the Army Plan and is aligned with the Army Operating Concept.

The ANCP and two accompanying documents — the ANCP-Implementation Guidance, Near-Term (2015-2016) and the ANCP-Implementation Guidance, Mid-Term (2017-2021) —are intended to be used together to achieve the overall vision.

The near-term guidance focuses on execution-level activities and reflects the realities of Army mission obligations, acquisition planning and resourcing.

The mid-term guidance charts network modernization from a capabilities perspective to steer resource planning and shape the Program Objective Memorandum.

Achieving the vision of a secure, integrated, standards-based and globally accessible network that enables the Army’s success in the joint fight today and tomorrow demands a fully coordinated and synchronized approach across the community.

The future network leverages the capacity, security and resilience of the enterprise network to fully support end-to-end connectivity.

The Army will align with the Joint Information Environment to bring even greater network capability and interoperability that would not be possible for an individual service.

The ANCP is the overarching “game plan” that drives the Army’s focus and unifies the team effort to optimize operational effectiveness and improve network and information security while achieving increased efficiencies.

The ANCP contains the Army’s key network modernization priorities. The campaign plan and its supporting documents are designed to convey to key stakeholders the Army’s intent and focus. Developed by the CIO/G-6, whose role it is to set overall Army network modernization plans and appropriate resourcing, these documents lay the foundation for the network of 2020 and beyond.

The Army network is a critical enabler in provisioning leaner, more lethal, expeditionary and agile teams that have more combat power.

Army users expect to access a network that delivers at the point of need. The network must span all Army operations, from the garrison to the most forward-deployed Soldier at the tactical edge. It must enable command posts to be expeditionary, agile, modular, scalable and responsive by arming them with the information they need to execute decisive actions anytime, anywhere, using any device.

Network Modernization Roadmap

A Network Modernization Roadmap is being implemented by Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) to meet the objectives of keeping the U.S. Army’s tactical communications network robust, versatile and rapidly deployable.

This will provide commanders and Soldiers with the information they need to execute decisive actions anytime, anywhere and on any device.

This roadmap will guide research and development efforts and direct limited modernization resources to technologies that will have the greatest impact on the end user.

The roadmap includes three phases that act as building blocks to support Force 2025:

  • Network 2.0 (FY14-16)
  • Simplified Tactical Army Reliable Network (STARNet, FY16-20)
  • Network After Next (NAN, 2020 and beyond)
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