Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
3/24/2015 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airmen
will soon be seeing changes to their network services as the Air Force,
in partnership with the Army and Defense Information Services Agency
(DISA), transitions to a Joint Information Environment.
The Joint Information Environment (JIE) is a shared, modern IT
infrastructure providing enterprise services with a single security
architecture. The goal of the JIE is to enable the Depart of Defense to
achieve full-spectrum superiority and improve mission effectiveness by
allowing warfighters to focus on the core cyber mission instead of
manpower-intensive network maintenance.
The four foundational pillars of the JIE are connecting our Airmen,
protecting our information, providing secure and efficient compute and
store for mission applications, and delivering secure, modern enterprise
General John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, highlighted
the four JIE pillars in a recent speech at the AFCEA Cyberspace
Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. He reiterated, "We have to connect
our forces; we have to connect our coalition partners; we have to
connect and secure weapons. We have to connect all those pieces and
then we have to protect that information. Those simple, yet key aspects
of creating a fluid, connected, and secure force is what this is all
While the Air Force's Base Information Transport Infrastructure (BITI)
initiative focuses on delivering wired and wireless network services at
each Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard base, another
initiative, in collaboration with the Army, focuses on increasing the
connectivity to the DISA Information Network (DODIN) by 40 to 100 times
the current bandwidth. Together, these initiatives will enable fast,
reliable, and secure connectivity that will dramatically improve every
Airman's ability to access information.
To protect our critical information resources, DISA, the Army and the
Air Force have begun working toward a Single Security Architecture
(SSA). The first step in achieving the cyber security needs of the
department is the Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS). The JRSS is a
comprehensive suite of hardware and software specifically tailored to
meet the unique cyber defense needs of the services and the department
as a whole, including the ability to share information with our mission
partners and access cloud services securely. The Navy agreed to migrate
to JRSS beginning in 2017 which will complete the joint commitment to
"So if you think about the 'protect' piece, the JRSS is the key piece of the puzzle," said General Hyten.
JIE reimagines the compute and store environment to deliver resilient
applications more efficiently at a lower cost. The compute and store
pillar includes Core Data Centers (CDC), milCloud, commercial cloud, and
local base data centers known as Installation Processing Nodes (IPN).
CDCs, milCloud, and commercial cloud will support functional, mission,
and enterprise applications. IPNs provide local hosting capability for
services and applications that cannot be provided by any of the other
methods for technical or economic reasons or are mission essential even
when a base is disconnected from the DODIN.
The fourth JIE pillar, enterprise services, builds upon the foundation
of the other three pillars. The JIE's next generation of enterprise
services will result in more efficient use of information assets by
providing resilient and cost effective commercial capabilities to the
warfighter. These eServices will enable warfighters to focus on the
core cyber mission instead of managing manpower-intensive IT commodities
like e-mail and Sharepoint. It will also increase resilience and
agility through the use of scalable commercial services and deliver
modern applications which integrate the Airman's desktops, tablets, or
The JIE architecture provides the foundational elements to connect our
Airmen to their data, provides a modern security model, improves
application delivery platforms, and leverages industry expertise to
deliver enterprise services supporting a diverse and mobile workforce.
The four JIE pillars will provide a single, secure, information
environment that interconnects warfighters securely, reliably, and
seamlessly at a reduced cost.