Information Technology

Net-Centric Operations

Net-Centric Operations refers to participating as a part of a complex community of people, devices, information, and services interconnected by a communications network to optimize resource management and provide superior information on events and conditions needed to empower decision-makers. The Net-Centricity concept is the realization of a networked environment, including infrastructure, systems, processes, and people, that enables a completely different approach to warfighting and business operations. The Department of Defense (DoD) established the net-centric model as the architectural foundation the Global Information Grid (GIG) for integrating all DoD information systems according to DoD Directive 8500.1 and DoD Instruction 8500.2.

DoD Net-Centric Data Strategy

DoD 8320.02-G “Guidance for Implementing Net-Centric Data Sharing” – 12 April 2006

The DoD Information Enterprise Architecture provides a common foundation to support accelerated transformation of the DoD to net-centric operations. It presents the vision for net-centric operations and establishes near-term priorities to address critical barriers that must be overcome to achieve that vision.

Net-Centric Attributes
DoD Agencies, contractors and Program Managers (PM) should ensure acquisition programs adhere to the principles and rules described in the DoD DIEA V1.1 . The Net-centric attributes table below outlines some key overarching characteristics of net-centric information sharing. However, the DoD IEA V1.1 should be used for the specifics. [1]

Attribute Description
Internet & World Wide Web Like Adapting Internet & World Wide Web constructs & standards with enhancements for mobility, surety, and military unique features (e.g., precedence, preemption).
Secure & available information transport Encryption initially for core transport backbone; goal is edge to edge; hardened against denial of service.
Information/Data Protection & Surety (built-in trust) Producer/Publisher marks the info/data for classification and handling; and provides provisions for assuring authenticity, integrity, and non-repudiation.
Post in parallel Producer/Publisher make info/data visible and accessible without delay so that users get info/data when and how needed (e.g., raw, analyzed, archived).
Smart pull (vice smart push) Users can find and pull directly, subscribe or use value added services (e.g. discovery). User-Defined Operational Picture vice Common Operational Picture.
Information/Data centric Information/Data separate from applications and services. Minimize the need for special or proprietary software.
Shared Applications & Services Users can pull multiple applications to access same data or choose same apps when they need to collaborate. Applications on “desktop” or as a service.
Trusted & Tailored Access Access to the information transport, info/data, applications & services linked to user’s role, identity & technical capability.
Quality of Transport service Tailored for information form: voice, still imagery, video/moving imagery, data, and collaboration.

DAG Table 7.2.3.3.T1. Net-centric Attributes

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Updated: 7/20/2017

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