Doctrine update

The Signal Center is developing the first doctrinal field manual that provides Signal commanders and staff direction and guidance for managing, controlling and securing data and voice networks and systems. The new manual, Field Manual 6-02.71, "Network Operations," is applicable to network managers throughout the Army’s strategic, operational and tactical levels of war.

The manual describes netops objectives and principles, as well as the roles and responsibilities of network managers and agencies throughout the global information grid. It also describes the Army and joint network operations and security centers that provide the organizational and procedural framework to provide netops to manage the GIG.

FM 6-02.71 provides the framework for performing netops critical activities. It discusses network management, information assurance and information-dissemination management as netops components. It identifies NM activities, functions and tasks performed by the network manager, S-3/S-6/G-6 and NOSC staffs throughout all levels of war.

IA programs, and the various agencies and activities that ensure the GIG’s information-systems security, are also discussed in depth. The FM also covers emerging IDM mechanisms that provide the right information at the right place at the right time, and in a usable format for the warfighters at all levels of the GIG.

NM is broken down into seven basic activities. Each activity represents a different step in the NM cycle. They are service provisioning, planning, engineering, logistics administration, service measurement and management functions that include fault, performance, configuration, security, and accounting management. Identifying user requirements initiates the cycle, and it’s continuous until the user no longer requires the services. The NOSC is the central facility that has the NM tools to perform the associated functions and tasks to accomplish NM-cycle activities. The communications-system control element, network-planning terminal, integrated system control and reporting-and-planning terminal are some of the tools NOSC uses.

IA is the defensive component of information operations that assures the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality and non-repudiation of friendly information and information systems. IA provides a defense-in-depth that protects networks against exploitation, degradation and denial of service by incorporating vigorous detection, reaction and restoration capabilities. An IA cell resident in the NOSC will perform IA monitoring functions to detect possible intrusions and/or attacks against the common-user voice and data networks.

IDM is netops’ final component. It provides awareness of relevant, accurate information; automated access to newly discovered or recurring information; and timely, efficient delivery of that information based on the commander’s priorities. IDM seeks to achieve the right information, arriving at the right place at the right time, in a usable format through the processes, services and applications to warfighters at the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war. IDM is the means for efficiently providing information products – for example, video, voice and data – to commanders and their staffs, and ensuring they know that it’s available for their use. IDM will enable warfighters to define the types of information and information products they need, and have it delivered when they need it for situational understanding.

FM 6-02.71 will be available as a coordinating draft for review in the second quarter of fiscal year 2001.

Acronym QuickScan
FM – field manual
GIG – global information grid
IA – information assurance
IDM – information-dissemination management
Netops – network operations
NM – network management
NOSC – network operations and security center
Doctrine update schedule
  New FM # Old FM # Title Initial draft Coordinating draft Final draft Staffed Tiers
1 FM 6-02 FM 24-1 Signal Support to Army Operations 1Q01 TBD TBD N 1
2 FM 6-02.2 FM 11-2 Signal Support for the Brigade Combat Team  1Q00 4Q00 4Q01 Y 2
3 FM 6-02.7 FM 24-7 Tactical Local Area Network Management 1Q01 TBD TBD N 2
4 FM 6-02.23 FM 24-23 TTP for Defense Message System Extension into the Tactical Environment 4Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
5 FM 6-02.24 FM 24-24 Signal Data/Equipment 2Q00 3Q00 2Q01 Y 3
6 FM 6-02.27 FM 24-27 Switching Operations 4Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
7 FM 6-02-32 FM 24-32 TTP for the Tactical Internet 3Q96 3Q00 2Q01 Y 2
8 FM 6-02.40 FM 24-40 Tactical Visual Information Doctrine 4Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
9 FM 6-02.41 FM 24-41 TTP for the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System 3Q96 3Q00 2Q01 Y 2
10 FM 6-02.42 FM 11-41 Signal Support: Echelons Corps and Below 4Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
11 FM 6-02.43 FM 11-43 The Signal Leader’s Guide 1Q99 3Q00 1Q01 Y 3
12 FM 6-02.45 FM 11-45 Signal Support to Theater Operations 3Q02 TBD TBD N  2
13 FM 6-02.50 FM 11-50 Combat Communications within the Division 4Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
14 FM 6-02.53 FM 11-53 Combat Net Radios 4Q99 3Q00 1Q01 Y 2
15 FM 6-02.54 FM 11-54 Satellite Operations 2Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
16 FM 6-02.55 FM 11-55 MSE Operations 1Q01 TBD TBD N 2
17 FM 6-02.57 FM 11-57 Tactical Wire and Cable Techniques 4Q01 TBD TBD N 2
18 FM 6-02.69 FM 24-69 Signal Digital Equipment Procedural Guide 4Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 3
19 FM 6-02.70 FM 11-70 Spectrum Management 2Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
20 FM 6-02.71 FM 11-71 Network and Systems Management 4Q00 1Q01 2Q01 Y 2
Dates subject to change.

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