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[H.A.S.C. No. 10623]
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2000H.R. 1401
OVERSIGHT OF PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED PROGRAMS
COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
ONE HUNDRED SIXTH CONGRESS
MILITARY PROCUREMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
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TITLE IIRESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION
FEBRUARY 23, 1999
MILITARY PROCUREMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
DUNCAN HUNTER, California, Chairman
FLOYD D. SPENCE, South Carolina
BOB STUMP, Arizona
JAMES V. HANSEN, Utah
JIM SAXTON, New Jersey
JAMES TALENT, Missouri
TERRY EVERETT, Alabama
J.C. WATTS, Jr., Oklahoma
MAC THORNBERRY, Texas
LINDSEY GRAHAM, South Carolina
JIM RYUN, Kansas
JIM GIBBONS, Nevada
MARY BONO, California
JOSEPH PITTS, Pennsylvania
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NORMAN SISISKY, Virginia
IKE SKELTON, Missouri
JOHN M. SPRATT, Jr., South Carolina
LANE EVANS, Illinois
ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH, Illinois
TOM ALLEN, Maine
JIM TURNER, Texas
ADAM SMITH, Washington
JAMES H. MALONEY, Connecticut
MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina
CYNTHIA A. McKINNEY, Georgia
ELLEN O. TAUSCHER, California
ROBERT BRADY, Pennsylvania
Steve Thompson, Professional Staff Member
Roger Smith, Professional Staff Member
John Sullivan, Professional Staff Member
Doug Necessary, Professional Staff Member
Noah Simon, Staff Assistant
MILITARY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
CURT WELDON, Pennsylvania, Chairman
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STEVEN KUYKENDALL, California
DONALD SHERWOOD, Pennsylvania
JOHN R. KASICH, Ohio
HERBERT H. BATEMAN, Virginia
JOEL HEFLEY, Colorado
JOHN M. McHUGH, New York
HOWARD ''BUCK'' McKEON, California
JOHN N. HOSTETTLER, Indiana
SAXBY CHAMBLISS, Georgia
VAN HILLEARY, Tennessee
JOE SCARBOROUGH, Florida
WALTER B. JONES, Jr., North Carolina
BOB RILEY, Alabama
OWEN PICKETT, Virginia
GENE TAYLOR, Mississippi
MARTIN T. MEEHAN, Massachusetts
PATRICK J. KENNEDY, Rhode Island
SILVESTRE REYES, Texas
TOM ALLEN, Maine
VIC SNYDER, Arkansas
JIM TURNER, Texas
LORETTA SANCHEZ, California
CIRO D. RODRIGUEZ, Texas
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BARON P. HILL, Indiana
JOHN B. LARSON, Connecticut
Steve Ansley, Professional Staff Member
Robert Lautrup, Professional Staff Member
Jean Reed, Professional Staff Member
William Natter, Professional Staff Member
Erica Striebel, Staff Assistant
C O N T E N T S
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF HEARINGS
Tuesday, February 23, 1999, Fiscal Year 2000 National Defense Authorization ActDefense Information Superiority and Information AssuranceEntering the 21st Century
Tuesday, February 23, 1999
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1999
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STATEMENTS PRESENTED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Hunter, Hon. Duncan, a Representative from California, Chairman, Military Procurement Subcommittee
Pickett, Hon. Owen, a Representative from Virginia, Ranking Member, Military Research and Development Subcommittee
Skelton, Hon. Ike, a Representative from Missouri, Ranking Member, Committee on Armed Services
Weldon, Hon. Curt, a Representative from Pennsylvania, Chairman, Military Research and Development Subcommittee
Campbell, Lt. Gen. William H., Director, Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Department of the Army
Cebrowski, Vice Adm. Arthur K., President, Naval War College, Director, Navy Doctrine Command
Page 7 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Clemins, Adm. Archie, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, United States Navy
Donahue, Lt. Gen. William J., Director, Headquarters Communications and Information, Department of the Air Force
Money, Hon. Arthur L., Senior Civilian Official, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence
Natter, Vice Adm. Robert J., Director, Space, Information Warfare, Command & Control, Department of the Navy
Rhodes, Lt. Gen. John E., Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, United States Marine Corps
Woodward, Lt. Gen. John L., USAF, Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems, the Joint Chiefs of Staff
[The Prepared Statements can be viewed in the hard copy.]
Campbell, Lt. Gen. William H.
Cebrowski, Vice Adm. A.K.
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Clemins, Adm. Archie
Donahue, Lt. Gen. William J.
Money, Mr. Arthur L.
Natter, Vice Ad. Robert J.
Rhodes, Lt. Gen. John E.
Weldon, Hon. Weldon
Woodward, Lt. Gen. John L.
DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD:
[The Documents submitted can be viewed in the hard copy.]
Briefing on DOD Information Assurance: Vulnerabilities, Challenges, and Accomplishments
GAO's Report entitled ''Defense Information Superiority, Progress Made, but Significant Challenges Remain''
Richard Danzig's letter to Hon. Spence and Report to Congress on Cooperative Engagement Capability Frequency Issues
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[The Questions and Answers are pending.]
FISCAL YEAR 2000 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACTDEFENSE INFORMATION SUPERIORITY AND INFORMATION ASSURANCEENTERING THE 21ST CENTURY
House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Services, Military Research and Development Subcommittee, Meeting Jointly with Military Procurement Subcommittee, Washington, DC, Tuesday, February 23, 1999.
The subcommittees met, pursuant to call, at 2:10 p.m. in room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Curt Weldon (chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Research and Development) presiding.
OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. CURT WELDON, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CHAIRMAN, MILITARY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Mr. WELDON. The Subcommittees on Military Procurement and Research and Development will come to order.
Today the two subcommittees are meeting in a continuing co-effort to assess the Department of Defense information superiority and information assurance programs, and the measures that are being taken to establish and maintain information assurance as the Armed Forces enter the 21st century.
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For the information of the public, we have just completed a classified briefing on the subjects by Dr. John Hamre, Deputy Secretary of Defense. I want to say on the record, as I have in the past with Dr. Hamre's testimony, that the briefings that he conducted last year on this topic for us and this year are among the most provocative briefings that I have been privileged to witness in the 13 years I have been in this Congress. They are issues that are extremely important, not only to this committee but to this entire Congress and to all Americans. This is a topic that we have to increasingly pay more attention to.
It was Dr. Hamre who last year in our public hearing stated on the record that it is not a matter of if America will have an electronic Pearl Harbor, it is a matter of when, a very grave prediction and one that we need to take to heart. I think Dr. Hamre's testimony in the classified session underscored that in a very aggressive way during the past hour and 15 minutes.
I would like to move to include an unclassified version of Dr. Hamre's briefing in the record in this hearing.
Hearing no objection, that is now ordered.
[The information referred to can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. I would also like to include two reports in the record. The first is the General Accounting Office's August of 1998 report entitled ''Defense Information Superiority: Progress Made, but Significant Challenges Remain,'' which provides the background for much of what will be discussed by our witnesses today.
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The second report is by the Secretary of the Navy, and addresses the operational and funding impacts on Cooperative Engagement Capability from reallocation of certain segments of the DOD radio frequency spectrum to nongovernment use. Such reallocation was mandated by Title VI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act for fiscal year 1993. It has significant long-term effects on our Armed Forces communications systems, and it is expected to be addressed by several of our witnesses today, with hopefully some follow-up questions in that area.
Hearing no objections, it is so ordered.
[The information referred to can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. In March of 1997 we held our first major hearing on this issue. Ever since the Defense Science Board issued its famous report of three or four years ago, 1996, these subcommittees have aggressively tried to put more money and resources into the Administration's efforts at addressing the information warfare and cyber terrorism problem. I want to applaud my colleagues in both parties, on both sides of the aisle, for their leadership and for their votes and their voices in plusing up these areas, and would ask that we continue to provide that focus in this year's budget process.
I am the first to admit that the Department of Defense, I think, is moving in a very aggressive and I think a very successful way. I had the pleasure of visiting our Army facility in the afternoon yesterday for several hours at Fort Belvoir, and I was extremely impressed with what the Army is doing. I have been at Navy facilities out in San Diego on board the U.S.S. Coronado, and understand the work there, and I am well aware of what the Air Force and Marine Corps is doing. I can tell you that I am convinced that the administration and the Pentagon are taking this issue in an extremely serious manner, and I am very pleased with what I have seen so far.
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Today's hearing will focus on what has taken place within the Department of Defense since our last hearing in implementing the Department's information superiority program and in protecting the defense information infrastructure.
The tasks faced by the DOD are not easy. I am quoting from the work that the General Accounting Office completed for the Research and Development Subcommittee last year:
''Achieving information superiority will be expensive and complex. Based on its analysis of fiscal year 1999 through 2003 Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP), DOD estimates it will budget an average of $43 billion a year, nearly 17 percent of the $257 billion budget request for fiscal year 1999, for C4ISR systems and activities during the plan period. Achieving information superiority is complex because it involves thousands of decentralized C4ISR systems and information networks. Furthermore, the systems, networks, and information superiority activities are managed by many different offices of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, services, unified commands and defense agencies throughout the DOD.''
Nevertheless, as will be discussed by our witnesses, we are aware that much progress has been made. The critical issues for the Department and for the subcommittees are what remains to be done by the DOD, by the Administration, and by this Congress, and there are actions that each of us must continue to take.
With us today to discuss these issues are the Honorable Arthur Money, senior civilian official of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence, the DOD's chief information officer, the J6 of the Joint Staff, General John Woodward; the chief information officer of the services, General Campbell from the Army; Admiral Natter from the Navy; General Donahue from the Air Force; and General Rhodes, commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command. To provide an operational perspective, we are pleased to have Admiral Clemins, commander-in-chief, Pacific Fleet, and Admiral Art Cebrowski, president of the Naval War College. Gentlemen, we welcome each of you and look forward to your testimony.
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Just in summary, before I turn to my colleagues, I think the summary of where we are in America is that one of the greatest advantages and one of the greatest assets to improving the quality of life for all American people in the 21st century is the use of information. One of the greatest weaknesses and perhaps one of the greatest vulnerabilities of the American people and our quality of life in the 21st century is our use of information and information systems. It is at one and the same time a great asset to our country, and it is also one that presents extreme vulnerabilities that we have to be aware of and deal with.
With that, I would turn to my distinguished colleague, Mr. Hunter, the chairman of the Procurement Subcommittee.
[The prepared statement of Mr. Weldon can be found in the Appendix.]
STATEMENT OF HON. DUNCAN HUNTER, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN, MILITARY PROCUREMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
Mr. HUNTER. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to thank you for your partnership in putting together both subcommittees to have this very important hearing.
I want to add my welcome to the distinguished panel of witnesses. As you noted in your statement, two years ago we held the very first hearing in which all the Department chief information officers appeared together for the first time as a group. We also had with us then as well former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Duane Andrews, who at that time had just completed a Defense Science Board study on information warfare.
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The study found that there was a need for what he called extraordinary action to deal with the emerging challenges posed by information warfare, and he recommended that $3 billion of additional funding be provided over a five-year period to counter the growing information warfare threat.
As you also noted, last year we heard from Dr. Hamre on measures being taken to protect the defense information infrastructure, the DII, from unauthorized intrusions. We have just had, I think, a very good recap of that in classified session, including the establishment of the defense-wide information assurance program that provides central oversight and a common management framework for ensuring the reliability of the DII. We also learned about the vulnerabilities of the DII that were exposed by the ''Eligible Receiver'' exercise and the real world cyber attacks, as well as the potential for what Dr. Hamre called a future electronic Pearl Harbor.
We have just concluded a progress report from Dr. Hamre with respect to recent actions the Department has taken to protect the DII. Now we hope to get a similar report from the chief information officers regarding their ability to obtain, process and disseminate information to the warfighters on the global information grid. We as Members need to understand the status of their efforts to connect the dots, so to speak. That is to ensure that the right information gets to the right decisionmaker at the right time, and that both the sender and the receiver are authenticated, legitimate users.
I realize that this is a terrifically complex task, but if information superiority is to be the heart of the Department's Joint Vision 2010, and the fundamental enabler for precision engagement dominant in the newly focused logistics and information protection, then we need to do everything we can to ensure its success.
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So let me say to my good friend in the chair that I believe we have chosen exactly the right topic to begin our authorization hearings this year, and I look forward to our witnesses' testimony on this vitally important subject.
Thank you very much to all the witnesses. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, Chairman Hunter.
The ranking member of the R&D subcommittee, Mr. Pickett.
STATEMENT OF HON. OWEN PICKETT, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM VIRGINIA, RANKING MEMBER, MILITARY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
Mr. PICKETT. Mr. Chairman, I join you in welcoming our witnesses today speak on this most important subject. Before we move quickly to hear the testimony of our witnesses, I want to mention only briefly my interest and heightened concern about this subject.
As mentioned by Chairman Weldon, we have had two hearings over the past several years specifically focused on information superiority and information assurance. To date I am most impressed with the amount of effort that DOD personnel have expended, and acknowledge the successes already recorded.
Page 16 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC The great concern of mine is my fear of falling victim to what I call the technological surprise, potentially on the battlefield and perhaps in the offices where the security systems are, and recognizing that this does include both offensive and defensive capabilities.
Today we have the opportunity to focus on the defensive nature of military requirements and thereby examine our ability for assuring and maintaining secure and operational systems. I look forward to hearing the comments of our witnesses today, and also look forward to working with my colleagues to strengthen our Nation's capabilities in these areas.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, Mr. Pickett.
We have been joined by the distinguished ranking member who is going to give the opening statement for Mr. Sisisky. We appreciate his attendance.
We have been joined by our distinguished chairman, who is a very busy man but is always welcome here. He is our leader and sets the tone for all these very important hearings for us. We appreciate him joining us today as well. I will first turn to Mr. Skelton and ask our distinguished chairman if he would like to make any comments.
STATEMENT OF HON. IKE SKELTON, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM MISSOURI, RANKING MEMBER, COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES
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Mr. SKELTON. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In the absence of Mr. Sisisky, I do have some comments. First, I wish to welcome this very, very distinguished panel in discussing this highly complex issue. I am reminded of what my fellow Missourian Mark Twain once said: ''The more you explain it to me, the more I don't understand it.'' I certainly hope that we can receive information at least to the point of being able to make some headway in understanding and hopefully correcting the threat that is out there.
Back in 1997 we received testimony from the Department of Defense on an emerging topic called information superiority and information assurance. No less than a year ago we received testimony from Dr. Hamre on this subject. Dr. Hamre's testimony was more than informative, it was very eye-opening, and he characterized an attack on our cyber-based infrastructure as potentially the electronic equivalent of a Pearl Harbor.
In spite of this wake-up call for the emerging vulnerability of our increasingly cyber-based military, I have not seen or heard anything in the past year to suggest that my concern may be misplaced. Attempts to gain unauthorized access to critical Department of Defense cyber-based systems seem to be on the increase. At the same time, our efforts to develop hard-knit sentry warfare systems seem to be suffering more than their fair share of setbacks.
Presumably much has been accomplished since last year. I expect our witnesses will highlight the meaningful information, assurances and accomplishments, and identify the key challenges remaining.
More importantly, we would like to get some sense from our witnesses as to whether the services, the Department of Defense, the administration, and the Congress really understand this problem, and whether the commitment of this defense establishment is consistent with their understanding of the challenges.
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We look forward to the testimony. We thank this very distinguished group for testifying today.
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, Mr. Skelton. With that I will turn to our distinguished Chairman, Mr. Spence, for any comments he would like to make.
Mr. Spence. No comments, other than just to welcome our panel today. Thank you very much for coming.
Mr. WELDON. Thank you.
Gentlemen, we would ask you to summarize your statements. We do have a number of witnesses. Verbalize whatever points you want to make. Without objection, we will include your written statements in the record that you would want to submit to us.
I would say to the Members, continuing the policy that we started in the informal session, if you have a burning question, ask it during the process. But if it can wait, we will have a round of questions at the end. We want this to be a process where you canif a question arises during a session, irregardless of where you are sitting, just indicate you want to be recognized and you can ask your question at that time.
With that, we will open it up and welcome our witnesses.
Mr. Money, it is all yours.
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STATEMENT OF HON. ARTHUR L. MONEY, SENIOR CIVILIAN OFFICIAL, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS AND INTELLIGENCE
Mr. MONEY. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Hunter, Members of the subcommittee. I am truly honored to be here today, and pleased, very pleased, to have this opportunity to discuss with you the subject of information superiority. This is a very important issue to the Department of Defense and, as evidenced by this hearing, to Congress as well.
My job in the next three or four minutes and for the rest of the afternoon is to try and focus all of us on a much broader subject than what was discussed with Dr. Hamre. We really want to broaden the subject of information security across the board.
Let me first, for the sake of not running amuck here with Mr. Skelton, of confusing folks further, let me try and define information superiority. There is a definition. It is in the Joint Staff publication. It is the capability to collect, process, and disseminate an uninterrupted flow of information while exploiting and/or denying an adversary the same, the ability to do the same.
Let me take each of those words briefly.
''Collect'', what do we mean? Worldwide, global collection. We need to improve and optimize both joint and combined, i.e., coalition or allied operations as well, information and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. We need to improve the state-of-the-art, multidisciplined, multi-intelligence, or multi-INTS with real-time capability.
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What do we mean by ''process?'' We need real-time, high value, state-of-the-art processing and correlation capability. This will generate a common operating picture and ensure situational awareness.
What do we mean by ''disseminate?'' We need a global, worldwide, secure, assured, end-to-end, coherent connectivity. Information assurance is a subpart of this, and for it, throughout all of DOD, we are talking about, by information assurance, availability, integrity, confidentiality, authentication, and nonrepudiation of whoever is receiving that data.
We need to have adequate spectrums available to the warfighters, to any of us, when we transmit and receive this information. We need to ensure what we call the last mile, getting the information to the ultimate end user, to the real user, again through a compatible, coherent, interoperable communication and information flow.
''Disseminate'' means the capability to simultaneously disseminate all forms of information, whether it is voice or data or imagery or video, all of this across the defense infrastructure, common operating environment. That is one of the major standards and one of the major things that enables us to have interoperability, all this with defense in depth.
''Uninterrupted flow of information'' means robust, multiple paths, redundant communications or information networks to ensure the data or the flow from the sensor to the shooter or to the national leadership. It ensures the continuity of mission-critical systems through, for example, Y2K disruption periods. It provides information systems and technologies needed not just for the warfighter but also for what we call the revolution in business affairs.
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There are two major themes in the Department of Defense, revolution in military affairs and revolution in business affairs. In fact, then, we will align those two processes.
It is to ensure that the global combat support systems, GCSS, and the global command and control system, GCCS, are in fact compatible. Ultimately, it integrates the revolution in military affairs and the revolution in business affairs into a coherent interoperable information system.
''Exploiting,'' what does that mean? Information will be integrated in real time. It will be analyzed or exploited by a knowledge-based work force, analyzing and exploiting all the available data. It will then generate this total common operating picture, and it will ensure that total situational awareness is available to all that need it. It also means we are going to have a greater reliance on reserve units to help us do the exploitation, both military and civilian reserve units.
What do we mean by ''deny?'' Here we get into subjects called information operations, information warfare, electronic warfare. Improving the existing capabilities of electronic warfare is a major issue. We need to develop capabilities to deny, disrupt, degrade, and in fact destroy adversaries' infrastructure. All of this needs to be developed with flexible, adaptable, real-time retargeting tools.
So those are the things that, in a synopsis, we mean by ''information superiority.'' Why it is important is what you are going to hear from these warfighters that are sitting here around me. It is summarized here briefly.
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It will generate increased combat power. It enables faster decision cycles to be made. It assures we will have improved, assured, and shared awareness. That will then lead to increased speed of command. It will then generate a higher op tempo, ensuring greater lethality and increasing our survivability.
These panelists here will present these various points of view from each of their joint or their service perspectives. Also, as you pointed out, Admiral Clemins is here to talk about what he has done to implement these information superiority systems in the Pacific Fleet, and as we wrap up the presentations, we will get to Vice Admiral Cebrowski, and he will bring from his vantage point at the Naval War College.
From my point of view as the C3I or the Secretary's principal staff assistant for information superiority, information superiority is not just essential, it is absolutely essential to achieving Joint Vision 2010. What you will hear today is a lot of what is already being achieved.
But this is not just a good news story. We also will talk about the bad and the ugly, and what ultimately I will end up at the summary, after you ask your questions, is with five things we will ask Congress to help us with. When I put all this together, though, I have ten goals as the C3I or as the CIO, chief information officer of the DOD.
The first one is to ensure the continuity of mission critical systems through any calendar disruption, through any Y2K problem. There are multiple hearings on that during the next several weeks. I will assure you that the DOD will in fact be able to meet any contingency, any kind of operations necessary during this time frame.
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The second goal is to implement effective programs for information assurance and critical infrastructure protection. You heard some of this with Dr. Hamre. We will talk a little bit more about it today.
Third is to build a coherent global network based upon efficient and effective use of information architectures and procedures.
The fourth goal is to plan and implement joint and combined end-to-end C3ISR and space integration, bringing all those sensors to bear.
Fifth is to establish, create, if you will, a knowledge-based work force throughout DOD, and clearly here we need some help.
Sixth is to establish policies and budget priorities that will lead to the reinvention of intelligence in the 21st century.
Seventh is to provide policies for information operations, security and counterintelligence.
The eighth one is the other side of the house, if you will, to establish electronic commerce and business practices reform throughout the functional areas of DOD. Because of the subject matter of this hearing, we won't talk a lot about that today. We will stay more focused on the warfighters' needs.
Page 24 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC But in the context of this, we are buying more and more commercially available, but we also have consulted. Five percent of what is not available we then need to develop through R&D through the DOD, so we will develop advanced technology plans to in fact be able to totally deliver what is needed in information superiority.
What are the impediments to information superiority? You will hear from the panelists about those, but quickly let me read off a few: visibility. Visibility across the DOD of information superiority is very difficult. We have service centric programming, and sometimes then we lose the jointness.
We have research and development issues, technology cycle issues. Dr. Hamre mentioned this briefly. We are on Program Objective Memorandum (POM) cycles of FYDPs five years out, starting a year or two out and going out for five. We are in an information technology cycle that goes through a generation about every 15 to 18 months now, so we have a mismatch right from the get-go relative to our processes.
We have huge interaction and interoperability problems with allies and coalition partners. We have competition for the spectrum. We clearly have security balanced against business practices. Again, Dr. Hamre mentioned some of those; the lack of and the growing need for an increased knowledge-based work force.
Ultimately, we need an assured, secure global network.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I will now pass this on to J6, Lieutenant General Woodward, who will bring the joint perspective. We are going to work our way down the table.
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[The prepared statement of Mr. Money can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. Thank you.
STATEMENT OF LT. GEN. JOHN L. WOODWARD, USAF, DIRECTOR FOR COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS, THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
General WOODWARD. Thank you, Mr. Money. I appreciate that very much.
Mr. Chairman and Members, I am very grateful to have an opportunity to address the community on the topic of information superiority and its central role in the military transformation process, and to discuss specifically the Joint Staff's plan to address this complex issue of great importance to our Nation and to the military forces.
I am Lieutenant General Jack Woodward. I am your Joint Staff director for command, control, communications and computer systems, and I am also the Joint Staff coordinating authority for information superiority as a result of the Joint Vision 2010.
My testimony this afternoon focuses on the challenges of information superiority from a joint perspective. Here at the dawn of the 21st century, the joint warfighting community is fully engaged in the information age. As you have cited today and have cited in other documentation, Joint Vision 2010 is the overarching vision that describes joint warfare in that information age. This Joint Vision, signed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, articulates a vision for future warfare where information is a fundamental enabler of the emerging operational concepts of both precision engagement, dominant maneuver, focused logistics, and full-dimensional protection.
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The term we use to describe this enabler is information superiority, as defined by Mr. Money in his testimony a minute ago. A closely-related concept of increasing importance is network-centric warfare, which Vice Admiral Cebrowski will address in some detail in his testimony today as well. Information superiority and network-centric warfare are multifaceted concepts with significant and far-reaching implications for all of the (CINCs) Commanders in Chief, the services and the agencies.
In an effort to define and bound information superiority, the Joint Staff, in conjunction with the CINCs, services, and agencies, has identified three primary information superiority challenges. The first challenge is battlespace awareness, the second is information transport and processing, and the third is information operations.
The magnitude of achieving information superiority becomes very apparent when viewed from the position of a joint task force commander who often must integrate joint, allied, and coalition forces into a coherent fighting force. When planning and executing operations, joint task force commanders and their forces require access to the fundamental information elements of battlespace awareness, things like information on the blue forces, information on the adversary, and information on the environment.
Furthermore, as ongoing peacekeeping engagements are highlighting, knowledge of neutrals and noncombatants is also extremely important. Each of the services and several key agencies make important contributions to generating battlespace awareness for a broad range of mission areas in support of joint operations, from space to the surface of the earth, and certainly involving our oceans and the depths of the oceans.
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As was demonstrated recently in Operation Desert Fox, comprehensive battlespace awareness is essential for precision engagement. The ability of a joint task force to operate as a coherent fighting force is also dependent on the ability to transport and process information between all elements of the warfighting enterprise anywhere in the world.
We have identified four primary operational capabilities associated with information transport and processing: that of capacity; certainly interoperability; assurance, as we have talked about; and information management, which is rather key.
The emerging joint foundational construct for accomplishing these challenges is something we are referring to as the global information grid, as Mr. Money mentioned. The global information grid can best be understood as the provider of worldwide dial tone or web tone or data tone, or the video teleconference tone.
The enabling role of information in future warfare requires acknowledgment of the global information grid as a weapons system, not just a matter of support. The global network information environment process, or GNIE as we are referring to it in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, mentioned by Mr. Money, acknowledges the central role of this grid by identifying the resources and policy needs and the key technologies required for its deployment.
The components of the global information grid consist of deployed tactical networks, the defense information systems network, which is our principal Department of Defense long-haul communications backbone, and the transmission capability supporting our own camps, posts, stations, and bases. These capabilities are increasingly important as we transition to the network-centric operations which call for us to move more information and less people. With network-centric operations, forces based in the United States will be key to enabling the command and control of deployed forces, as well as contributing to the development of shared battlespace awareness.
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Our recent success with the performance of federated battle damage assessment and Operation Desert Fox highlighted the power of network-centric operations and increasing battlespace awareness, as it was very visible on the television sets.
Fielding the global information grid is a high priority for the Department of Defense because it provides a form of combat power which recognizes that communications is a part of the fight; not just for the fight, in support of the fight, it is part of the fight.
As we advance in implementing information superiority, we need to be firmly grounded in the reality of the present. A broad range of assessment approaches, including Joint Staff command and control, joint warfighting capability assessment, we refer to as JWCA, our team's activities, coupled with the Chairman's joint monthly readiness review, we call JMRs, as well as our commander-in-chiefs' integrated priority list, have identified deficiencies and areas for improvement in the following arenas.
First, C4 (Command, Control, Communications and Computing) interoperability at the CINC, the joint task force, and certainly coalition levels is consistently identified in these assessments. C4 force structure modernization is on every CINC's priority list. You have heard that in some of the testimony.
Then training, both operational and technical, for C4 fielding. Transmission capacity, bandwidths on demand. Quality of that service for our warfighters' joint network management and the information dissemination management. C4 infrastructure of our posts, camps, stations and bases, highlighted in the current chairman's program review language which goes to the Secretary of Defense here shortly.
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Information assurance, which is such a big one. The technical work force for both operations and the maintenance of the C4 operating systems. Spectrum preservation and the use of that spectrum and the freedom of the use of that spectrum. And also the buying process versus the technology explosion, which has been mentioned several times.
All of these areas have assigned responsible accountable offices of primary responsibility. Each subject above is also under senior management review, as you might guess. All areas require joint solutions and close coordination with all of our allies and coalition partners.
Let me highlight some of these challenges. I will mention just quickly four. First, the C4 interoperability. As you are aware, interoperability is a complex topic with multiple interrelated threads, including information sharing, releasability, sharing, and cryptology, security levels, and technology interoperability.
Solving these problems requires us to simultaneously focus on technology, doctrine, policy, tactics, technique, and procedures. The CINC service and agency staff's are working these issues hard.
Direction and control measures include mandatory use of the Department of Defense's joint technical architecture, documents, and all the acquisitions. Another control mechanism is the joint requirements oversight council process that uses interoperability as a major key performance parameter for new requirements.
Page 30 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Also there is the building of a DOD C4 system architecture template recently, which leads to joint operational architecture, joint tactical architecture, and certainly systems level architecture to help guide the investment level decisionmaking in the future.
C4 infrastructure. When our joint warfighters deploy, we face significant challenges with respect to communications, landing rights, host Nation approval, as well as broader issues of local C4 infrastructures that rank from well developed to almost nonexistent. As we have seen, dealing effectively with these issues is the key to requiring, acquiring and deploying the fighter base C4 capabilities required to support a joint effort.
The Joint Task Force Radio System, JTRS, will play a key role in helping us deploy the theater base component of the global information grid, again a capability that was born joint. These are necessary for employing the global command and control system and the global combat support system in support of the joint task force commander, also a ''born joint'' type of system.
Next, network management and operations. Our joint task force warfighters need significantly improved capabilities for joint network management, for information dissemination, and for the network operations, especially in the area of information assurance and understanding what is going on in our networks. Recently the Joint Staff helped field an interim joint network management capability for each warfighting commander-in-chief's headquarters and their joint task force. The operational requirements document for this, for a long-term solution, is going before the Joint Requirements Oversight Council this next month.
Page 31 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC The last example of the spectrum is that warfighters must have assured access to the frequency spectrum to accomplish the full range of military operations and to train for these operations. The military also must be good stewards of this precious spectrum commodity in the international arena as we require and field new capabilities.
As you are aware, the information technology explosion has increased and accelerated the communication industry's need for spectrum. However, I do not believe that the Nation's business practices should put at risk our national security military needs. We can't fight a digitized network-centric battle without a coordinated spectrum plan. We also may need a national spectrum policy that balances our economic needs with our national security interests.
Transitioning to information superiority and addressing these joint warfighting deficiencies and transitioning to a knowledge-based, network-centric fighting force, the Joint Staff, CINCs and services are aggressively working along a broad front with focused efforts. These efforts include working CINC funding for command and control improvement projects, for infusing technology through projects, like our advanced concepts technology demonstrations, performance joint warrior interoperability demonstrations and information superiority experiments.
Joint and service experimentation in the information domain is a key element of our strategy for achieving this information superiority. We know there are nontrivial technological, organizational, and doctrinal components associated with achieving information superiority. We just cannot go out and deploy advanced C4 and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and expect an immediate increase in combat power. Consequently, both service warfighting experiments and joint warfighting experiments are focused on helping us address the fundamental organizational, doctrinal, and information technology issues that we must to achieve this information superiority and realize Joint Vision 2010.
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To deploy the global grid or the capabilities required for Joint Vision 2010, we need to focus our investments and more effectively exploit rapidly emerging information technology. Our emerging focus on this grid is the entry fee for information superiority, and network-centric warfare provides a logical model for synchronizing the initiatives of both the services and agencies as they field or provide the advanced technology pieces, parts, and components of the grid, as well as the information services provided by the grid. These information services include mission critical applications, like command and control, weather, logistics or personnel, just to name a few of those.
Our approach for synchronizing and integrating C4 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance initiatives employs an architecture of procedures and processes, with an approach focusing first and foremost on the joint task force warfighter. The process is not perfect. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, carefully planned synchronization efforts fall short of the mark. But on the whole, the process that we have established greatly assists our synchronization efforts, starting at the requirements front end through the acquisition process to the actual service fielding schedules.
Improving our ability to synchronize service and agency information superiority initiatives is one of my most important priorities. I am working closely with the CINC services agency and especially our J8 in money matters to balance the budget on this.
Before I conclude, I will spotlight the key to our success. That is our intellectual capital. The men and women with the technical acumen to develop, deploy, operate and defend the information grid are a precious commodity for information superiority. We need to support these people by making prudent investments in corporate outsourcing of selected information technology (IT) functions. America needs to better develop these same national skill sets through our colleges, universities and vocational schools in the area of information technology as well.
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The Joint Chiefs are calling for an across-the-board pay table reform, pay raises, and return to a 50 percent 20-year retirement full-time. That is another sure means of meeting our most pressing retention and recruiting challenges and protecting our most valuable resource, that is, our people.
In conclusion, I believe we are making solid progress towards implementing a joint strategy for information superiority that supports the warfighters.
Mr. Chairman and Members, I want to thank you for your interest, vigilance, and support in this area of national importance. These hearings are certainly indicative of your vital role and the position you have taken with regard to information superiority in terms of our national strategy. I look forward to helping make the information superiority challenges a success that I have shared with you this afternoon, and to address you in the future with related successes and lessons learned. On behalf of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, I appreciate the opportunity to present some insights into this matter in regard to information superiority. Thank you very much.
[The prepared statement of Gen. Woodward can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, General Woodward.
Our next two panelists are going to deal with each of the military departments' actions and their operational perspectives. We have accepted your written statements, so we would appreciate it if you would give us the highlights, the meat of what you want us to hear from you, so while we have a significant amount of members here we can have a dialogue with you, hopefully to plus up some funding that you would like to have so we can have interaction about where you want that money to go.
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With that, we will turn to General Campbell and then Admiral Natter, then General Donahue, General Rhodes, then we will go to our operational leaders, Admiral Clemins and Admiral Cebrowski.
STATEMENT OF LT. GEN. WILLIAM H. CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR, INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
General CAMPBELL. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I will, as you suggested, make my remarks very briefly.
The United States, as everyone knows, has ever since World War II espoused a strategy of using high technology for national defense. Nuclear weapons and their deployment systems are perhaps the prime example. In the 21st century, it is our view that the high technology of choice that will give us the decisive advantage on the battlefield and allow us to achieve efficiencies in our institutional Army is information technology.
For the past five years one of our highest priorities has been digitizing the Army, which really means inserting computer technology, linking it together with digital communications, and providing connectivity from the soldier at the point of the spear with the land warrior system on up through the succeeding command centers.
The Army is focused first on the tactical and operational forces, focused on interoperability, focused on providing those forces that will operate as part of a joint task force. Our (CONUS) Continental United States-based forces, however, need to have connectivity from their sustaining base to the forward areas where they deploy.
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We will be using the Defense Information Systems Network, we will be using commercial systems, and in addition to the commercial technology, we see a continuing need to have some proportion of our communications in protected MILSTAR type communications that we own and we operate.
Our vision extends to fielding the first digitized division in the year 2000, the second by the year 2003, the first corps by the year 2004, and a digitized Army by the year 2010.
Sometimes we are asked, why are you doing it so fast? What communists are you going to kill in the year 2000? That is the wrong question. The real question is how can we accelerate the process, how can we incrementally insert technology on the same cycle that the commercial world does, and how can we unburden ourselves from the stifling weapons systems-related acquisition policies that put us in a heel-to-toe system and have us delivering obsolete technology instead of staying with the current cycles?
As we work with Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), with the Joint Staff, with our sister services, and with the Congress, we look for a continuing partnership working with you on the resources that we need and working with you on changing the processes so we can modernize America's Army faster.
Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.
[The prepared statement of Gen. Campbell can be found in the Appendix.]
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Mr. WELDON. Thank you very much, General, for that statement.
STATEMENT OF VICE ADM. ROBERT J. NATTER, DIRECTOR, SPACE, INFORMATION WARFARE, COMMAND & CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
Admiral NATTER. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I also will make my remarks very brief.
Specifically, the Navy's effort in information technology is built around a number of systems which we call IT21. What does IT21 give to the warfighter? Basically it allows us to do collaborative planning between distant commanders. This is awfully important for naval forces who are normally separated by some ocean and many times a lot of oceans. It also permits us to share a common operational picture, which is extremely important if we are going to successfully conduct joint operations, which we are all required to do these days.
Do our commanders want this technology? I would like to provide a couple of quotes. Most recently, from Lieutenant General Carl Fulford, Commander, Marine Forces Pacific, in a message just 18 days ago when he wrote to Admiral Clemins, the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, saying that some of our ships will deploy without the communications systems required for collaborative planning and effective command and control. He went on to ask for accelerated installations in our Pacific Fleet amphibious ships.
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Vice Admiral Moore is the commander of our Fifth Fleet. Today he singled out a couple of systems that were major enablers for him during recent Desert Fox operations. If I could put up the slides here on each of the easels. One in an Air Force system, a developed system, EHF MILSTAR. On that system he provided all Tomahawk command and control, both voice and data. Its reliability was 100 percent. With this system he knew, he was very confident in being able to send missions out to the ships, change those missions as they had to be changed, and in one instance in November over this circuit was able to cancel a launch just minutes before it was scheduled to launch.
With SIPRNET connectivity with all our forces, it was used for coordination and passing of real time intelligence data, including gun camera video, as file attachments which enabled our analysts to have faster access to raw data, to start the very important battle damage process prior to the follow-on strikes.
Let me quote from Rear Admiral Dawson, who was the U.S.S. Enterprise Battle Group commander, in a message shortly after Desert Fox operations: ''Desert Strike operations and dual Carrier Battle Group operations were significantly enhanced by IT21 systems. Strike coordination, execution, and reporting occurred almost exclusively over the SIPRNET. Our ships are now better informed and our pilots have the tools to plan and execute their strikes more efficiently, not to mention a quantum leap in their situational awareness due to information available to them as a result of IT21''.
The other U.S.S. Enterprise after-action comments included the turnover process. Specifically, U.S.S. Enterprise Battle Group got underway from Norfolk, Virginia, and was told to make best speed to reach the Arabian Gulf and be prepared to conduct combat operations upon arrival.
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Now, a few years ago when I had command of a ship that deployed to the Gulf, we arrived there, put a boat in the water, went over to the ship we were relieving, asked for copies of all the publications, asked them who the good guys and the bad guys were and what the rules were. Then it took a number of weeks for our crews, our watch sections, to get trained up to where they knew what they were doing.
U.S.S. Enterprise was able to do this at 30 knots going across the Atlantic, then into the Mediterranean, through the Red Sea, and were ready right on arrival to conduct combat operations.
Also, the turnover between the U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. Carl Vinson Battle Groups occurred over the same sort of technology, so when the U.S.S. Carl Vinson arrived in the Gulf, she started flight operations the day she arrived and participated in the last days of Desert Fox operations. I don't have to tell you how professionally those operations and those strikes were conducted.
If I could put the next slide up, please, I want to also share with you an operation that I am personally aware of. It occurred about nine months ago when I was commander of the Seventh Fleet and stood up in May to form a joint task force to proceed down to Indonesia for the possible evacuation of American citizens from Jakarta and possibly throughout Indonesia.
We were told to proceed down to the vicinity of Indonesia, work with the Air Force, stand up a joint task force and be ready to conduct those operations. We were notified on the 19th of May. By the evening of the 19th of May we had flown from Tokyo down to Singapore and we had done planning en route on our computers. We had done some of that while we were still in Japan.
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We were not able to get underway on the flagship because it was in a repair availability. We left most of our staff aboard the U.S.S. Blue Ridge, the command ship, where they were able to continue coordination and planning operations with U.S. CINCPAC and Commander in Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet headquarters back in Hawaii.
Once we arrived in Singapore about midnight we were able to get on SIPRNET, get on the circuits that were required right in Singapore, because we had installed those capabilities in Singapore at our forward logistics base there. That is also the location where our C130's were based and were able to do coordination with us. The next morning we deployed out to the U.S.S. Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group, and were able to do face-to-face planning with the new commander and the Amphibious Ready Group aboard the ship, as we proceeded down to the vicinity of Jakarta.
We were also at the same time able to continue doing collaborative planning with the headquarters back in Hawaii, including video teleconferencing with the planners there and with our planners aboard the U.S.S. Blue Ridge, as well as our planners in Singapore.
This operation was planned and could have been executed within a matter of a couple of days, and the operations order was distributed to everyone. Everyone knew exactly what they were expected to do. The intelligence data flowed in to us from Hawaii and from Washington via these network circuits. Without this capability, such an operation could not have been planned and certainly could not have been executed.
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Number one, coalition warfare. Our coalition partners have been in to see me asking for assistance in getting them into this technology. The fact is that our coalition partners have always been trying to catch up with us on our collaborative planning tools and communication capabilities. They have a lot of work to do here, but we are doing some work with them to try and bring them into this process, and specifically we are working with some allies who are proceeding over and will participate with our forces in the Gulf in the near future.
Also we have had a problem in the Navy with the installations on some of our ships. We have been very fortunate in that our plan has included putting these installations into our battle groups and amphibious ready groups (ARGs) as they deploy. That is why U.S.S. Enterprise had it when they were over conducting operations in the Gulf.
We have only accomplished this in three Battle Groups and ARGs. The problem we have had is, quite frankly, we have been putting the available funds into the Amphibious Ready Groups, in ARG ships or Battle Group ships, as they have deployed. As a result of that, the installations have gone in late, and in some cases all the installations have not been completed, and in every case our people have not been trained and equipped to repair, maintain, and operate these capabilities as they should be.
I sat down with representatives from both fleet commanders and we drew up a plan with available funds to make sure that these installations would be completed six months prior to the deployment of these ships. We laid out a plan where that can be executed, and that will be executed by mid-00. What that required us to do was to skip the installations in a Battle Group/Amphibious Ready Group each year until the '03. That would have been the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and U.S.S. Belleau Wood Battle Group and ARG. The alternative would have been to continue doing just-in-time installations with crews that were not well prepared to operate and maintain these systems.
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As a result of the recent addition of funds provided to the Department, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Secretary have provided additional funding in '00 to do the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and U.S.S. Belleau Wood Battle Group and ARG, and that is about $135 million. It is in the budget that will be coming to the Hill. I would certainly ask for your support in keeping those funds intact so we can get every ship that deploys, so they can all be ready to conduct these kinds of operations when they arrive on station.
Mr. WELDON. Is that a reprogramming or part of the supplemental last year?
Admiral NATTER. Part of the addition of funds the administration put in that will be coming to the Hill. It is not a reprogramming, sir. I am done, sir.
[The prepared statement of Adm. Natter can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. Thank you. I didn't mean that to be your ending statement. Thank you. With that we will go on to General Donahue.
STATEMENT OF LT. GEN. WILLIAM J. DONAHUE, DIRECTOR, HEADQUARTERS COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION, DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
General DONAHUE. Mr. Hunter, Mr. Weldon, and distinguished Members of the committee, I want to thank you for your interest in this very important area. It is enormously interesting to me, but it is also very important to this Nation.
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For the sake of brevity, I will dispense with the charts and get to key issues that I am going to talk about. First and foremost, we have made enormous progress in this information arena. However, all is not perfect. We are only just beginning our journey in this area.
We continue to develop, we continue to invest and grow in this area because it is important to our current and to our future successes. We believe that information superiority is an Air Force core competency on a par with all our other core competencies that we have.
The United States Air Force is roughly 30 to 40 percent smaller than we were back at the early 1990s, it depends on how you count, yet we are deployed 400 percent more than we were at the start of the decade. We are turning to information technology to make every bomb and bullet count, to be agile, flexible, to be able to rapidly maneuver to achieve the military objectives.
I would like to give you some detail on how we are doing on exploiting information technologies and how we are doing in attaining information superiority.
First and foremost, we are making tremendous progress in this area because we have got great people. The highly trained, highly motivated people that we have, make this technology useful. However, these people are a highly sought commodity, particularly by the private sector. The demand for their skill makes it very difficult to recruit and retain these information technology professionals. We are working very, very hard to turn this around, but it is an enormous problem.
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For example, we have targeted enlistment bonuses, paying bonuses to those who sign up and work in the information technology arena. We are targeting reenlistment bonuses. A nine-year technical sergeant reenlisting for six years is given a $44,000 reenlistment bonus in the Air Force. That sounds good and it is good, but I must remind you that is on top of a base salary of $21,000 a year, or about $10 an hour.
We don't expect people to join the Air Force to get rich being system administrators in our networks. We want them to join to serve this country, to experience the thrill of exciting jobs, and to shoulder the enormous responsibilities that we will give them. But they will leave us when the pay gap is too big, when the rewards for their service are not there, and when they begin falling short of partaking in the piece of the American dream that the public at large enjoys.
We are also making great progress on our journey because of the superb training we have. But I can tell you, this training is stretched very, very thin as we race to keep abreast of this rapidly changing information technology. We in the Air Force have invested $120 million additional in our Program Objective Memorandum (POM) to beef up our information technology training.
We also recognize that this training is not a one-time event, it is a continuous process. So we have gone out and we have purchased an Air Force-wide license for computer-based training courses, and we make this training available to everybody in the Air Force; civilian, military, and officers. That is a double-edged sword. They like this training. It prepares them better for the outside world, where there is enormous economic reward for their talents.
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We are also preparing for the future through modernization; not all the modernization that we need, but a program that carefully balances our spending on people, our infrastructure, our readiness, and the new systems that we need. Do we need more? Yes, we do, but we first and foremost need that which is in our POM, our FY '00 budget submission.
We put all these people, all this technology, all this equipment together in a well-conceived doctrine. Our information operations doctrine was just developed last year. I have copies of this in your information packet. This doctrine is very important because it brings together all of the dimensions of information operation-centered warfare. We see it as two pieces: It is information and warfare, and it is information warfare.
While the nature of warfare is in fact changing, as is the nature of information operations, we do not treat information warfare as a separate, distinct form of warfare that solely exists onto itself. In this information age, we view it as new threats, new targets, new weapons that we must integrate with all our information capability, with all our information tools, all our military tools, into a military operation. It is the desired effects and outcomes that we seek through the smart use of information and information technology.
We have also made some organizational changes in the Air Force, some changes that are very important, particularly in this information technology domain. We have established an Aerospace Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center at Langley Air Force Base. Their task is to develop our operational architectures for command and control, to build our road maps, to work the integration of the many programs into a cohesive whole, and to make recommendations on balancing our investments across this whole very wide domain of information technology, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Initially we have charged that center with managing our experimentation effort. We think this experimentation piece is very important to our success in the future.
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In 1997 we have stood up six battle labs and charged all of them with exploring advanced concepts to help us become more effective when it comes time to fight. Experimentation is a key ingredient.
More important, we have undertaken a series of joint expeditionary forces to explore these advanced concepts, how we can command, control, and operate as an expeditionary Air Force that is frequently called upon to deploy from the U.S. overseas to do the Nation's bidding.
Our expeditionary force experiment, EFX98, successfully explored a number of advanced concepts. That experiment centered on the hypothesis that advanced warfighting capabilities can enhance the Nation's ability to halt an invading force anywhere in the world, even with limited warning. The roots of many of those experiments were in fact information superiority, information technology-based.
We explored a split air operations center to see if we could reduce our forward footprint while retaining the essential capability back in the continental United States, connecting the two together to be operational and effective, and we proved that we could.
We explored concepts of distributive, collaborative planning to see if we could increase our effectiveness in air campaign planning and execution by bringing together centers of excellence that had solutions to the problems. We think we can do that.
We also experimented with an airborne operations center to see if we could keep the joint forces air commander informed, helping him plan and keep a situation awareness while he flew to his destination. We proved we could do that.
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We also experimented with tactical data links in our bomber fleets. We are absolutely convinced they will give the bomber crews improved situation awareness. In fact, we are putting money on that, to put the JTIDS links into our bombers for the future.
While EFX98 had very important joint content, we are expanding our efforts in 1999. In fact, we are calling it joint EFX99. Our hypothesis there is to see if we cannot enhance our capabilities by integrating, thoroughly integrating command and control structure down to the tactical level, to enable us to achieve the joint operational objectives more quickly and with less risk to the friendly forces.
One important piece in all of this is what we call a spiral development process. It is an acquisition process that tightly links the requiring activities, the users, and the acquisition people together so we can rapidly field successful capabilities. We will experiment with it to see if it makes sense and puts them in the field with the warfighters as fast as we possibly can.
We have been looking at an 18-month cycle from the time we conceive the experiment, do the experiment, and put the capability out there. We are working very hard on that, because that is just as important as an experimentation process.
All of these advanced concepts that we have, information superiority will only be achieved if it rests on solid foundations of robust connectivity and information assurance, the assurance that the information is going to be protected, it is going to be reliable and available to those who need it.
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Our notion is that it need not matter where you are, it only matters that you are on the net. We are building our piece of the information grid, fielding a very robust infrastructure at our bases. We are supplying high capacity unclassified and classified connectivity to all our bases with a very capable high-speed backbone. In fact, we are investing over $1 billion over the POM to build this infrastructure at our bases.
We also want to provide our theater air bases with a near clone of what they have in the U.S., so when we deploy out there they will have the same kind of high-capacity connectivity both on the base and off the base. The system we have for that is called the theater deployable communications system, and on that system we are spending over $600 million over the POM. This system delivers light, lean, and very high-capacity service to our warfighters. We have also invested very heavily in tactical data links for our fighters. Like I said, we are expanding that into our command and control aircraft and to our bombers.
We have invested very heavily on our space-based pieces of this information grid. We are going to launch about 15 satellites between now and 2005, our MILSTAR satellite, a very enhanced defense satellite communication systems, our wideband Gapfiller global broadcast satellites. We are working very hard to expand those grids because it is very important for the connectivity.
We talked about the information assurance issue with Dr. Hamre. I can assure you that the crown jewels of the information age are the stuff in our networks, and we are relentlessly pursued by hackers and attackers trying to get at that information. We have taken several steps to counter this.
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We stood up our Information Warfare Center in 1993. It is at Kelly Air Force Base, and we have a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Air Force computer emergency response team. In fact, I invite you to San Antonio to see that. We have not brought that up here to the Washington area because it is not easy for us to bring it to you. But if you are ever down there, we can make that available to you to show what we are doing because it is very important. It is a good capability.
We have made a substantial investment in information protection tools, network management tools. In 1998 we purchased a very powerful suite of information assurance tools for all of our bases. We are hard at work bringing them up to full operational capability.
Again, we are making progress but we have a long way to go in this area because it is a very, very tough problem. We have just completed our first year of a multiyear program that I call operationalizing and professionalizing our networks. This involves treating our networks like the weapons systems that they have become.
When the Chief of Staff of the Air Force gets his morning report, he gets a report on every bird strike that occurs, every aircraft incident that occurs. He now gets in his morning report information on every attack that occurs at our bases, every network incident that occurs. It is an operational issue. We are paying very close, close attention to that.
In all warfighting arenas, especially in the information and operations arena, joint systems and joint perspective and joint operations are the key to our success. We fully support the Joint Vision 2010. Our expeditionary force concepts will result in a coherent presentation of the aerospace forces to the Joint Task Force commander, and our work horse sensor platforms will be there building that common operating picture. We think aerospace power, we think information superiority means military superiority, our freedom from attack, our freedom to maneuver, and our freedom to attack.
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I want to close with a brief focus on our recent operational successes. Our Nation has every reason to be proud of its military. From intense preparations and operations to precise execution to the humanitarian relief operations you saw back here in the fall, we continue to demonstrate that there is absolutely no peer to the U.S. military.
When you look at what we did in the fall by building the tanker and airlift bridges, and you look at what we did just this last weekend, the Nation has every right to be proud and should be proud of the enormous capability that our people bring. They deserve the very best we can provide, and they deserve the full support and appreciation of the American people.
The United States Air Force is very proud of its progress in information superiority. We have much more to do to maintain that advantage that we now enjoy. We appreciate your interest and your support in this. I look forward to your questions.
[The prepared statement of Gen. Donahue can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, General.
General Rhodes, before you start, we have two votes that have been called, so we will proceed for probably eight minutes and get whatever we can done by then. Then we will have to break, go over and vote, and come back.
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STATEMENT OF LT. GEN. JOHN E. RHODES, COMMANDING GENERAL, MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
General RHODES. Thank you, sir. It will be my intention to get done before the eight minutes is up.
Mr. Chairman, we welcome this opportunity to discuss information operations or, if you will, information superiority, and how we intend to use information to enhance our combat capabilities as well as our efforts to achieve and maintain interoperability and to protect this critical warfighting enabler.
I agree with Mr. Skelton, it can be difficult to grasp a clear, common definition of information superiority. I attribute this to differing perspectives, to differing roles and missions, to differing environments in which we fight, to differing levels of conflict, whether strategic, operational, or tactical, or whether it is at the bottom of the conflict spectrum of military operations or at the top of total out-and-out major theater warfare. Most importantly, I attribute this to the fact that we are only at the initial stages of the information age.
Marines would say that information superiority is getting the right information with knowledge and understanding to the right Marine at the right time. If you want a more technical definition, I will go ahead and accept Mr. Money's in his testimony. He stated at the heart of the Department's Joint Vision 2010 is a capability to collect, process, and disseminate a steady flow of information to U.S. forces throughout the battlespace while exploiting or denying an adversary's ability to gain and use battle-relevant information.
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One of the difficulties in defining information superiority is the nature of warfare itself. Warfare is a violent clash of wills. It is chaotic, it is unpredictable, for warfare involves the human element, a living, thinking, breathing enemy.
In warfare we have opposing sides, frequently from different cultures with different values, with different aspirations, with different motivations. These differences compound what Von Clausewitz refers to as the fog of war. We are making good progress in clearing this fog, but it is doubtful that we will ever be able to totally eliminate this fog. Commanders must be prepared to make decisions in the face of uncertainty.
Information superiority will greatly improve our combat capabilities because it will help reduce that uncertainty. It will enable faster and better decisions. The Marine Corps intends to use information superiority as an integrating enabler, one that facilitates all the warfighting functions of command and control, fighters, maneuvering, logistics, intelligence, force protection. We view information superiority not as an arrow in the commander's quiver, but as a broad-based concept that makes the commander's bow stronger.
General Woodward may call information superiority the fundamental enabler of emerging operational concepts. I agree. Admiral Clemins may discuss information superiority in terms of a knowledge-centric environment. I agree. Admiral Cebrowski may talk about information superiority in terms of network-centric warfare. I agree.
So what is the focus of the Marine Corps in information superiority? The Marine Corps focus will be on info-oriented activities that best support the traditional applications of combat power, not of information and technology of itself. Yes, we are interested in pursuing this rapidly expanding technology of the info age, but only in the context that that technology assists our warfighters, our Marines.
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I agree with General Donahue. First and foremost, we are making tremendous progress in this area because of the great people we have. We as a Corps realize we must change to meet these challenges of the new age. We are meeting these challenges across a broad front.
First, we are developing a new military operational specialty (MOS) for Marines. In 1996 we combined the communications officers with data processing officers and developed a new MOS, which is our communications information systems officers. I call these Marines our info warriors. They will no longer be a commodity service provider, but will evolve into a combined arms branch, and in the future will be as important as artillery or arms.
We have also made organizational changes, battle managers, combat information operational staffing Commanding Officers (COs), as well as developing formal schools for both our captains and our lieutenants. Additionally, we are experimenting with various changes in the infantry squad size and configuration, to look at changes to go ahead and bring ourselves into the information age.
As we move forward with these new capabilities, we share the concerns of equipment interoperability. We understand the difficulties to achieving interoperability between a wide mix of equipment initiatives. To help us tackle this problem, we have developed what the Marine Corps calls an architectural vision called Arch. It is located on our web, which is password-protected as well as encrypted. Arch Vision sets forth the Marine Corps overarching vision with requirements for a standards-based architecture. Arch Vision is based on Joint Technical Architecture standards and the Defense Information Structure Common Operating Environment.
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The last area I wish to address are our efforts to protect this critical warfighting enabler. Information management assurance is part of our Marine Corps Enterprise Network. The hub of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network is located at Quantico, which recently completed a comprehensive initiative to protect this enterprise.
This comprehensive review included installing information walls, intrusion filters, screening routers, network security monitoring software, as well as the traditional annual Operational Security (OPSEC) training for our Marines. Additionally, the Marine Corps actively participates in joint working groups and wrestles with information assurance initiatives, systems administrator certifications, and public encryption.
Frankly, I, like you, am concerned with our total information assurance posture; not that we are not moving out sharply in the right direction, but that info ops are the critical warfighting enabler for the future, and there is just so much we don't know. However, rest assured we will continue to press forward on all fronts to protect this critical function.
Mr. Chairman, we greatly appreciate your concern, your assistance, and this opportunity to discuss this important matter with you.
[The prepared statement of Gen. Rhodes can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, General.
With that, we will stand in recess until we complete these two votes. Then we will go to our final two witnesses and then questions. We appreciate you bearing with us. This hearing is in recess.
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Mr. WELDON. The subcommittee will reconvene. Members will be returning from these votes, but in the interest of time and in the short time you are going to be here, let's get started and have Admiral Clemins and then Admiral Cebrowski. Again, your statements will be submitted for the record. You can make whatever verbal comments you would like.
STATEMENT OF ADM. ARCHIE CLEMINS, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, PACIFIC FLEET, UNITED STATES NAVY
Admiral CLEMINS. I am going to stand over here, if this is all right, Mr. Chairman. I will only discuss five items, and I would like this opportunity to put them forward.
First of all, I would like to reemphasize what everybody else has said about Joint Vision 2010, that it is a good vision. It depends on information superiority, but more importantly, the technology to do Joint Vision 2010 is here today. So the real challenge is how do we use information technology to do what we need to get done, and do it now and not wait until 2010.
The second thing that I would like to just reemphasize is the need to do end-to-end capability, because that is so important to what we do. Admiral Natter talked to you about IT21, that focused the expenditures to be able to get network-centric warfare.
Page 55 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has laid down the gauntlet that said we will put in a Navy-wide Internet by the end of 2001. That is really important to us, because that does on the shore side what IT21 did on the sea side. It enables us to have end-to-end capability, to be able to support the warfighters and the non-tactical logistics supply personnel and other issues we need to deal with.
Over these past three years in Commander in Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet we have put in a world class Internet, if you will, at our headquarters and at the echelons right below us. You have to do that before you can have a revolution in business affairs. We did this to be able to maintain the readiness of the fleet. Chairman Hunter can tell you that my job is to get all the maintenance done, steam all the days, fly all the hours, and the question is how do you do that so your people have the readiness that they need to maintain?
The number two item I would like to point out is how do you get from an infrastructure to a knowledge management environment, because this is more than just band width and personal computers. It is really taking and sharing information and turning it into knowledge and using that to change the processes and the way you do business. That is what we have been very successful in doing in CINCPAC fleet.
More importantly, it takes the largest cultural change to be able to do that, so at the same time you are trying to do knowledge management, you have to take the organization and you have to go through a cultural change to get there.
To do this, we went out and looked in industry at the best and the brightest, and we asked people, ''I would like to see on your resume where you have worked with a 750-person public organization to do that.'' Not one company had that on their resume, that they would let us go talk to a public organization where they had done this with. So while this looks very simple, it has a lot of moving parts to it that you have to go through to be able to make the transition to a knowledge management environment.
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What we found out was that you hear all these termsdata warehousing, relational databases, data miningand yet you sit and look at it and you say, ''Who uses those and what do they do with them?'' So the issue was to be able to use all these capabilities; to go to a common tabletop and to be able to use shared applications to get to a knowledge management environment.
We have done this at CINCPAC fleet headquarters over 1998 in a nine-month evolution, and we have already realized a 35 percent return on our investment in going through and doing that. There is about three
Mr. HUNTER. Explain how you have done that, Admiral. How has that given you a 35 percent
Admiral CLEMINS. What we found is that the headquarters staffthere have been two things. The people do their work more efficiently. Number two, we had a lot of work that was not getting done. Number three, we have continued to downsize our staff as people have retired and have taken other jobs, and not replaced them. So part of the analysis was how many man-hours of work do you now get done that you were not getting done before. That is a 35 percent increase of what we are doing.
A couple things on how we did that, just to show you. First there is the knowledge home port, which you would say is a browser, but it is a way you get access to all these relational databases, so you only put the database in one time. When we started this process we found there were 260 separate databases just on CINCPAC fleet staff. Now you find out that you can combine them, where they reduce that and get access to these relational databases.
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The other one is a workload management system that is a central tasking and tracking of work. The action officers, we found out in going through and doing the analysis that 50 percent of their time was on tracing their work after they had completed it to make sure it got somewhere. Now we have returned 50 percent of the time to the action officers just by going to a workload management system, and that has been a great investment.
Three other things are going on in the rest of the fleet. The GRACE is a relational database that was made up by a Lieutenant Commander in the submarine force, where the data goes into this database, the type commander or Commander, Submarine Force Pacific or Atlantic Fleet looks at the data, and instead of sending people down to inspect the ships, now reviews the data to see whether they need to go inspect the ships or not.
Likewise, the SHARP system is a relational database that is used by the aviation community now to do training and readiness of pilots and aircraft in every squadron, and it feeds into the training and readiness matrix system so that the readiness of the squadrons is monitored, but more importantly than monitored, is managed. It is used on the deck plate for management and used in my headquarters for monitoring. So all of these things is what we have put together, that we are still working on, to do business process reengineering from the bottom up, and to actually work in a knowledge management environment.
You all had mentioned several times today about the importance of keeping quality people, and Congressman Bartlett is not here, but I would like to read one letter, because if you were going to keep people in the Navy, would people go join a low-tech organization today, and would that really be an opportunity or an option you had?
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This was sent by a sailor on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf over Christmas. He wanted to let his mother know he was safe. He had e-mail. She didn't. Like all resourceful sailors, he found a way to get the job done. His solution was to send an e-mail to his hometown newspaper, the Cumberland, Maryland, Times News.
It goes something like this. Here was his e-mail:
''To the editor. My name is John Packard and I am from Flintstone, which is near there. Right now I am in the Persian Gulf on board Carl Vinson aircraft carrier.
Would you please tell my mom that I am okay? She does not have e-mail and I have no communications right now.''
''I visit your newspaper site often to catch up on local happenings. Things are hectic here and intense and exciting. Maybe you could pass on to the fine citizens of the Cumberland area that I think of them often, and to wish us luck at this time, especially with Christmas a few days away. We work 17 to 20 hours a day, and it is in the 90s every day. My mother's name is Norma Packard. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter, John Packard, U.S.S. CARL VINSON.''
But it is more than e-mail, but the quality of life you bring with it when you have these two things together. The Navy-wide Internet and the Network Centric Warfare give us a real capability to use for many purposes, many of which we couldn't even think of today.
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[The prepared statement of Adm. Clemins can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. Outstanding, excellent presentation. We will relay to Congressman Bartlett the story that you just conveyed. Thank you.
STATEMENT OF VICE ADM. ARTHUR K. CEBROWSKI, PRESIDENT, NAVAL WAR COLLEGE, DIRECTOR, NAVY DOCTRINE COMMAND
Admiral CEBROWSKI. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for inviting me back. I was here two years ago when we first talked about Information Superiority and Network Centric Warfare and I talked much too long then and hopefully I won't do so today. But much has happened since then, and there are a couple of, I think, very prominent examples of that.
This past summer in Newport at our global war game, Global 98, we had representatives of all of the services, and many of our most important allies came to Newport to discuss and play an operational-level war game using Network Centric Warfare. Frankly, we were all very pleasantly surprised. Even the people who came who were skeptics and weren't sure they agreed with this whole concept came away saying such things as, ''Shared awareness is enormously powerful. With this, I can do things that I always wished I could do but never could, and now I can. Now, what I don't understand is why do I feel uncomfortable with this? Why am I against this?'' And, of course, the reason is because it involves cultural change, organizational change, doctrinal change.
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And people from not only the U.S. services, but our allies and coalition partners got together and said this is an inevitability, this is our future, it is much better than anything we could picture in the past. It is the way ahead. And so I feel very good about that.
Perhaps one of the best illustrations of this is an anecdote, if you will, from the Navy Fleet Battle Experiment Program. In October of this last year, we conducted a fleet battle experiment in the 7th Fleet off the coast of Korea, actually on Korea as well. It was coincident with a joint and combined exercise run by General Tilelli, the CINC in the area, called FOAL EAGLE. So what started out as a Navy experiment turned out to be a joint experiment and a combined experiment with our allies.
I suppose one of the important questions to ask is: How do you know you have truly conducted an experiment? I believe one of the answers is you are surprised by the outcome, and we were indeed surprised. There were three very important areas that we explored, all of which were very important to the CINC, but one of them I think illustrates the point. North Korea has the capability to send literally thousands of special operations force personnel by various small boats and craft down each side of the Korean Peninsula at the beginning of hostilities. These are not the kind of people you want to have behind your lines when you are waging a war. One of the jobs, in fact one of the principal jobs which falls under the naval commander there is to stop all of these boats. This was one of the key pieces of the experiment process.
By establishing a high-quality information network, with Army forces assured as well as the Navy forces, what we call IT21, we were able to pass information at high speed to the Army, our Army colleagues, not just up to headquarters, but down to the shooting level as well, particularly the Apache squadrons. As a result, one of the things that happened is that higher-level commanders who in the past would make decisions as to whether or not to commit this Apache against this target or that one against some other target, found that all they had to do was monitor these Apache squadrons as they responded to the information which they had. The governing principle was unity of efforts and commander's intent. This is a great example of the power of Network Centric Warfare.
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We ran this in the experiment and in simulation, and we found, for example, that the number of enemy boats that got through was reduced by a factor of 10. We found that it took less than half the time to complete the mission. We found that it took 15 percent fewer forces to complete the mission, and we found that the forces we did use were 50 percent more effective every time we used them.
Now, that is good. That is making a difference, and the CINC in the theater is adjusting his plans accordingly. But one of the key things that happened here was that because of this tactical success, the CINC now has options as to how he may reassign the forces he had to hold in reserve before. In other words, it changes the complex of the entire theater, and that is an example of the power of Network-Centric Warfare. We are seeing it again and again.
So it is not just theory anymore. Admittedly, two years ago we did a lot of arm-waving on this and we had to point to successes in the private sector and in such places as municipal police departments for examples. But increasingly now we can point to it, in fact, inside the U.S. military. So that is, I think, a piece of excellent news.
Now, the bad news. We do this for a long time and we focus on weapons reach, which we do, and we do have very long-range weapons. It impresses everyone around the world, and they are increasingly impressed at the way we bring them to bear. War is a fully two-sided game and we can expect the enemy to respond. I use the word ''enemy,'' I suppose I shouldn't, but potential enemies, other nations will respond. And one of the ways they will respond is by changing the characteristics of their targets.
Page 62 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC For example, as targets become more mobile, more stealthy, more camouflaged, covered with electronic deception, perhaps, in effect what they do is they reduce our engagement range. Sure, the weapons, as a matter of physics, can fly just as far as they could before, but the whole system range has been reduced by the amount that you can see. So I project that one of the things we will have to do in the future is to explore new kinds of tactical sensors, the kinds of sensors that can maneuver in close, under the control of tactical commanders, be themselves very well netted amongst each other and to the various enforcement engagements as well as command echelons.
This is not Blue Sky technology. We can do it, it is just a matter of putting our mind to it. And I frankly, as the person who is responsible for Navy experimentation, I would love to start a program on that. It is one of the areas that we are exploring.
There are some capabilities that are already underway which address this issue that we can in fact leverage. One of them is weapons control information. The system of greatest note for that is the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) for air defense, but that technology could be applied more broadly. Tactical data links are very important in this area, because one of the things you get with tactical data links is the ability to move away from centralized control, and instead, decentralized self-synchronizing operation at very, very high speed, such as what we saw off Korea with the Navy and the Army. You can't get to that kind of performance without the information system to support it, and the information system is itself worthless unless you have the sensors that can put the information in there. So I think that is a very important area for us.
There is a collection of dangers in this that I would just raise as caution. We are all inclined to realize that well, this is good or that is good and put somebody in charge of it and say, well, what we have to do is optimize this. My question here is that optimization tends to be around a point, a specific solution, but the world doesn't stay the same. It continually evolves. So the emerging concept of what is called dynamic fitness then comes to the fore, and you want to be able to adjust as time goes on.
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The Commander of the Naval Space and Warfare Systems Command says, Cebrowski, you have a time horizon of 5 to 10 to 20 years. He says mine is only 18 months, and I can't imagine thinking any further than 18 months, because I have problems in that 18-month window to execute. But every day, new solutions come into that window that make the old solutions look passe, and I don't want to reach for them anymore, and I need the ability to respond to that.
So I guess that brings up, then, two last points, and that is that we need the capability to respond in relatively short timelines in two areas.
First, there are opportunities in the world of information technology which are appearing before us on a daily basis, but by the time we run through the whole POM cycle business, you get the work here and we finally bid under control and all that, we have missed the wave, and we start, and we are behind. As I say, we have to go through this great bureaucratic churn. I don't know what the answer is, but in my gut I know there must be some better way to do that.
A second area is in experimentation. Last week we had before all of the Navy flag officers Jack Welch who is the CEO of General Electric, and we asked Jack Welch what the most important thing he did in his firm was, and he said, to experiment, experiment at all levels. He said, as a leader, you got to get out there with your bag of fertilizer and your watering can and fertilize these ideas from the bottom up and make them happen. And he thought that was absolutely critical.
And when I look around now as the person who is in charge of Navy's experimentation program, I see opportunities for experimentation that I couldn't see a year ago. But I would like to move on now; I would like to move on these within the next 18 months. But I am not going to be able to do that. Yes, I do have an experimentation budget, and that is laid out. That money is already committed. And so consequently, these other ideas we can't go on, except to the extent that I can wrench some money away from my colleagues.
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So there are some very important opportunities here for us, and it is indeed a very exciting age, and since I spoke with you last, the progress has been absolutely enormous.
Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.
[The prepared statement of Adm. Cebrowski can be found in the Appendix.]
Mr. WELDON. Thank you very much, Admiral. Did you want to make some summary comments, Mr. Money, before we ask questions?
Mr. MONEY. I have five points I wanted to summarize, if you will; and one of the requests from your staff was what we want or request Congress to do, so that is what I would like to end up with.
Mr. WELDON. Okay, fine.
Mr. MONEY. The first is to fully support the budget that is before you, both the 2000 budget and the supplemental. There has been thought put into that, albeit the discussion that Art Cebrowski just had that was predicated on where we were a year or so ago, but at least that is a good place to start.
Mr. WELDON. How about if we go beyond that?
Page 65 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Mr. MONEY. Here it comes. We have a great opportunity, and I believe, based upon going back to Dr. Hamre's presentation, we have a need to accelerate the information assurance area. DOD's reliance, as you heard several times today, on advanced information technology and smart weapons and sensors and network data processing makes DOD's systems and networks a likely target for internal and external threats. We didn't talk much today at all about internal threats. We talked about hackers and so forth. We also have insider threats, so we are looking both ways here with regard to this.
The Defense information infrastructure must be resistant to cyber-attacks across the full range of threats, both hackers from nation states, transnational threats, and for that matter the ad hoc attack. We must limit their damage and recover rapidly when attacks do occur. The DOD's strategy is to provide this by example, a model for the information assurance approach that in fact a broader government community needs to address.
And as I will end up this few minutes here, it is not only the government community, it is industry, it is the American public, and ultimately the international partners as well. Because of the magnitude of this structure, the use of multiple security solutions is in fact needed. A layered security solution is in fact what is being developed.
The Defense Information Assurance Program is in fact a layered defense, many layers. Putting all of this into context, the existing planning and programming activity, substantial shortfalls exist that inhibit the development, the acquisition, and the deployment of these technologies needed to address the network of vulnerabilities.
Let me just rattle off a couple here:
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The Global Information Grid. We have a process ongoing we call GNIE, the Global Network Information Enterprise; ''enterprise'' purposely chosen because it is not just the warfighters' side of the business we need to protect, it is also the day-to-day commerce that we need to protect and in fact bring those two together to operate in a totally interoperable sense. So we need to provide end-to-end protection, assurance, and security across all of the DOD to in fact realize the revolution in business affairs as well as the revolution in military affairs.
Tools for real-time collection and analysis, attack warning, attack sensing are needed, also voice data and multimedia encryption systems. Earlier I said 99 percent, or maybe it is 95 percent of what we need in the IT area, in the information technology area, we can probably derive from the commercial area. But very high-speed, very high bandwidth encryption systems aren't something in the commercial areas to develop. We are developing those. Things like Fast Lane come into mind. A system, for example, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), networks and security terminalswe have deployed Secure Telephone Unit (STU) for secure voice conversations now for a number of years. It is time we moved on. That algorithm is getting old. It is time that we moved on to what we call Security Terminal Equipment or STEs.
All of this, then, represents an investment opportunity that the overall information assurance posture of the Department could readily take advantage of. So to accomplish this I was asked what kind of numbers were we looking for. I don't want to give you a number today. I would rather develop a program in concert with your staff and bring that back to you.
Second point, again, the purpose of this request is to make sure our defensive site is totally taken care of. Another example of this, or an element in this defense, layered defense in the DOD's information assurance strategy is the use of Public Key Infrastructure. We are laying this out today, and I will cut through this. I will leave this text for your staff. We are talking here probably $100 million over a couple of years, we can in fact totally secure the Internet, our connections with the Internet. We need to go to digital signatures for nonrepudiation and paperless contracting and so forth so that there is an opportunity, and in fact we need to do this, the sooner the better. The plans today were to lay it out over a 5-year period. That is way too late. I would rather do this over the next year or so.
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Third point. You have heard this many times today. We have an information technology education shortfall, training shortfall. I think one of the members here talked about well, we have people in for four years, they roll out, we need to train somebody else. We have a constant training problem. Then we have the retention problem, after we do train people, of retaining them in the services. We need to accelerate training and have it more consistent and continuous.
I will assert that back when you were briefed on Solar Sunrise a year or so ago, 75 percent of that attack could be blunted at the very beginning with well-trained, disciplined assistant administrators. We are putting more energy into that area, but we still haven't gotten there.
Finally, I think what we need to do in this regard is to identify information technology people as being as important to the services as doctors, lawyers, pilots, mathematicians and so forth. In the latterdoctors, lawyers, pilots and mathematiciansthe DOD has the wherewithal in fact to give them additional pay for whatever that specialty skill is. We do not have the authority, we do not have the authority in the military today, both for military or civilian, to do this in the IT professionals. So we think we need to create, I know we need to create a professional, skill-based incentive, if you will, additional pay for those kinds of people. That will help tremendously in the retention of the talent that we desperately need here. So we will develop that plan of how to incentivize assistant administrators, maintainers, the ones that have the requisite skills to ensure that the network is properly used, configured, and maintained.
Page 68 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Fourth point, hit very lightly today, but really what is behind everything we are talking about here is we do not have in the DOD, a robust, high-fidelity, end-to-end Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconaissance (ISR) simulation, Command, Control, and Communications (C3); and then intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance end-to-end simulations. So there are requests that we have here to robust up that area.
By not having that, we lose visibility to the end-to-end information superiority. When I was in the Air Force and came before you, we talked about weapons system after weapons system, F22 or Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) or whatever. What ties all of that together and makes it work is, in fact, information superiority. The way the Department is organized, the way the Planning, Programming, Budgeting System (PPBS) system, the way the budget comes to Congress, we lose the identity of, we lose the visibility of information superiority. So in that regard, the end-to-end simulation, we have to sell it in-house, if you will; not only there, but also to Congress.
The fifth thing, this is way beyond this committee, it is way beyond DOD, but I take this opportunity to address this. Information assurance is not just a concern of the Department of Defense, nor is it just a concern of the U.S. Government. It in fact needs to be the concern and, in fact, a responsibility of every citizen and clearly every company in the U.S. Today in the digital business world, I will harken back here to the old cliche, ''A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.''
We can sit up here and talk about how we are robusting up the DOD, but if we are wide open from a national standpoint or another part of the government or from a company or a power grid, we are still weak. So we need to address this on a much more comprehensive global effort.
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In that regardDr. Hamre mentioned thiswe have had many, many contacts and discussions with industry, and frankly industry is slow to the fight here. I think it is going to take a Pearl Harbor, an electronic Pearl Harbor to wake up industry.
So in that regard, I don't think we can stand that, so we want to request this, for Congress to really put its heads together. We will work with you, but it is clearly a broad problem to incentivize industry and the American public in whatever way that is appropriate, to get more on board with protecting themselves, and consequently the U.S. and the national security, with a capital N. Things like tax incentives may be the proper way, or Federal augmentation of indemnification through the insurance areas, or various other methods that you have at your disposal. We would be willing and very happy to work with you in that regard, but really we need to address this as a much bigger problem than just the DOD.
Finally, Mr. Chairman, you have heard the presentation. I want to thank all of these people. Some came from a far distance, they came willingly because of the opportunity to present these ideas and have the discussion, and now the questions and discussion that we are about to have. So I thank you for your interest and we will accept whatever questions you have.
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, Mr. Money. I want to thank each of you for your outstanding testimony.
This is reinforcing the major focus on this issue that we intend to keep for the next two years. We started this process three years ago with the initial Defense Science Board report, and have tried to keep the focus of our colleagues on this issue throughout. So you have our ear, and I want to applaud you, because from what I have seen, you are all doing a very commendable job, and it is amazing to see the strides that are being taken within the military to protect our systems. While I agree with you that I don't think we are there yet, we are making great progress, and each of you are to be commended for your part in that effort.
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I would like to start first of all, Mr. Money, with you helping me characterize the testimony of Dr. Hamre in the private session. I don't want to go through the specific cases, obviously, that he cited to us, because that is not appropriate; but if we are going to win this battle, we have to, one, not only deal with the factual threat that is there, but we have to create the perception among the American people that this needs to be a top priority.
Now, the President has helped do that. He did a major speech last month. Congress has plussed up money in each of the past four years above the President's request. But Dr. Hamre's testimony this year I think was just as provocative as it was last year. Last year he said that it was only a matter of time before America had an electronic Pearl Harbor. I would like you to characterize the flavor that he gave to us in a general way about the U.S. being under a cyber-attack right now. Would you characterize that, please?
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. These people, as he mentioned, and General Campbell, the Joint Task Force (JTF) commander, and then under each of these folks there are certain centers, centers for detecting intrusions. The overall steady state, if you will, now that we have deployedsince Solar Sunrise, we have deployed a massive amount of intrusion detectors across all of the network, all of the unclassified network, we have trained people, put a lot of energy into that. Consequently, we know more now about what we didn't know before.
Currently, we see about 60 probes a day across DOD and about 60 attacks a week. The closed session was principally around one major attack.
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Mr. MONEY. So we are constantly seeing this. We are coming up to how to understand it, recognize it, shut things off, protect ourselves a lot better, but we have a long way to go. That is against the more casual threat, if you will. As you heard earlier, the threats are getting more sophisticated, and so as our defense comes up, so does the threat. So there is a constant, continuous effort that needs to be done there. Consequently, more training is needed, more sophistication, and as I said in the closing part here, I think we need to have a skill base and a pay that goes along with that to have people out there doing this job daily.
Mr. WELDON. So, in fact, the Nation is under attack right now in terms of our information systems across the board?
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. Periodically you can read in the paper that people are actually being arrested and prosecuted. I will say 99.99 percent of these attacks are, in fact, a law enforcement issue. Once we recognize it and identify it as a national security threat, we would have the wherewithal and the authorities to counteract that. But, day-to-day, it is a law enforcement issue. So we recognize it, shut those attacks off to where they can do no damage.
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Mr. MONEY. No, sir. I think PDD63, the critical infrastructure, is a very good point here. You have heard what the DOD is doing and we have a long way to go. I don't want to leave you the impression that we have this whipped, I don't mean that. But we recognize what we need to do and we need a little help from you to continue that. But we are appalled to some degree at how lax or casual the American public and American industry is. We are fairly comfortable with what the telephone companies are doing in the financial area, but it falls off pretty rapidly after thatthe recognition of how vulnerable we are to others of a blatant attack or casual hacker, a kid or whatever, fooling around.
Everything the U.S. has in the way of infrastructurethere is usually a remotely controlled device somewhere in there. ''Skaters'' are a general term, a lot of those are wide open. We want American industry to tighten up, become more secure, and consequently that will help the DOD become more secure.
That is what the last point was. I think American industry is a little bit lax in that regard. They look to the DOD to help protect them. I think that is where they need some incentives to help protect themselves.
Mr. WELDON. You mentioned incentives and I agree with you and that is an issue that we have to take up as a Congress. Would that also include encouraging regions to come together and to think about how, as they build their smart systems, they can take into consideration the security implications of the use of that smart data?
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. In fact, I think a good point there is in the Y2K area, you can view that as the first, or the nextwe know with events when they happen, how may that roll through the country, how may that roll through the world. Power grids, for example. Power grids are not regionalized, they are a global issue. We are working very closely with Canada, because a lot of power in the United States comes from Canada, vice versa. So very much it is a regional issue. Ultimately, if you pull this thread far enough, it is a global issue.
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Mr. WELDON. Right. I understand.
I have heard through some of the testimony the need for flexibility in having funding available because of the rapid change in technology, both in terms of experimentation and in terms of meeting short-term needs, and maybe what I am hearing is the funding process itself is so tightly structured that you don't have that.
One of the things that I would like to hear from each of you is, would you be receptive to the Congress setting up some kind of a mechanism where there would be a pot of money available that could be accessed by you very quickly, without the normal process, to apply to the changes that you are talking about so that on a daily basis or a weekly basis you can respond, either on a service-by-service basis or whatever the requirement would be, but that would, one, allow you to be more responsible to the deeds that you see, and two, to encourage the services to do more interoperable, or more efforts to engage each other to provide more interoperability? Is that something that you think we should pursue as a Congress? I not only want to hear from you, Mr. Money, but any other of the service operators that want to respond to that.
Mr. MONEY. Absolutely yes is the answer. Several times you heard today that the cycle that we are in, 18 months that we are going through obsolescence. We need to get inside of that. You heard some of the plans that the various folks have. To me, there is a very fundamental thing here to give some flexibility to the services to in fact redo some of this.
The Army in fact has a program called Warfighting Rapid Acquisition Program (WRAP)I will let General Campbell describe that, but that to me then starts to answer this, where we can rapidly redeploy some funds to take advantage of a new IT breakthrough or an experiment. So let me just go down the table.
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General WOODWARD. Yes. Great thought. I would support it wholeheartedly as well. There are two programs that the Chairman has got right now that he does, and Admiral Clemins can speak to this in a minute too. One is the Command, Control and Improvement Program; the other is the Chairman's Initiative Fund, CIF monies, where in fact that brings a capability instantaneously to the warfare based on a certain set of requirements that they have that doesn't meet any of the other criteria that are out there, the processes that we go through, some of which are so long, as you know.
I think Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration, the JWID, which is again another good program, small funds, that brings capability the following year once that demonstration takes place. Those quote ''golden nuggets'' that are found, those are fielded as well. So it is a great process. So I really support you if you can think through that one.
General CAMPBELL. The Army would strongly support your suggestion. We need more funds. I would add to what Secretary Money said, that the more that we can get funds of that nature allocated on the basis of common solutions to common problems and the more we can change the process of how we change and avoid applying the cookie cutter approach of a battleship-type of weapons system to information technology, the better off we will be.
One of the areas in particular that Secretary Money mentioned was Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). I think that he spoke more about information assurance than anything else in his five topics, because clearly it is on the top of our priority list. But a set of initiatives and associated funding that allowed us to improve the infrastructure and the architecture in a common way across the Department of Defense would be a major, major plus. Thank you, sir.
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Admiral NATTER. I think conceptually it is a great idea, sir. I would be a little bit concerned about how you would distribute these funds. I would be very concerned about trying to spread them too thin and not accomplishing anything. I would be very concerned about putting them in the right technology. Somebody has got to decide what that technology is and then hold whoever has those funds and whoever promises something to deliver. That is my concern.
Mr. WELDON. That is the kind of suggestion we want to hear. Thanks. Admiral, right down the line.
Admiral CLEMINS. As you saw in my brief, I am really interested in products and they have to be deliverable on a short timeline. I agree with everything that Admiral Natter said, because I think they have to be managed at the lower level so that you can deliver products that meet the technical architecture to do that. For too long we put the money at the high level. It is not gotten at the lower level nor been done from a functional approach up to meet the technical architecture, and I would support it from that standpoint.
General RHODES. I agree with Admiral Natter. One additional concern that we may have would be the source of the funds. If this is to come from the top line, then the services would obviously, at least from the Marine Corps's viewpoint
Mr. WELDON. It won't be smoke and mirrors, I can tell you that.
General RHODES. Exactly, sir. That would be our concern.
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General DONAHUE. I agree that we need to do something in this area, and I would just second the caution that Admiral Natter put before us.
Another suggestion might help in this area: Perhaps we could raise the 3080 procurement threshold to up about the real property maintenance level, and that way it gives us flexibility at the point of contact with the customers in the mission down at the unit level. Our commands across the Air Force suffer mostly because they don't have the 3080 at their level, it is usually in programs and program offices. If we could raise the 3080 threshold up to the real property maintenance level, $250,000, I think it gives us enormous flexibility. But to have to spend 3080 dollars to buy a notebook computer because it is going to be hooked up to a network, because the whole network is valued at several million dollars, in my view does not make as much sense and reduces our flexibility, in my view. So this would help enormously if we could do that.
Mr. WELDON. Admiral.
Admiral CEBROWSKI. I have always been leery of pots. But on the other hand, a structure that would allow some within-service flexibility, or perhaps funds that were designated without perhaps the precision that we frequently require to get through the budget reviews would be very useful so that there would be some latitude.
I think it is appropriate if Congress were to push some funds towards such areas, which is different from picking winners, because in the high-speed context and when we want to do a lot of experimentation, it can be an error before you have run this through the analysis and experimentation process to in fact pick the winner, but instead look for it afterwards. So I think there are some considerable opportunities for you there.
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Mr. WELDON. Just one final point on that for each of you. If you would, for the record, if you would go back and individually provide to us for the record what your thoughts are if we did something like this, how it should be structured, where the controls should be, and what would be the appropriate amount of money that would assist you in terms of your own operations in that regard, just as an idea for us to consider as we go through this process.
So if each of you would do that individually and get those responses to us individually in regards to your own situations, that would be very helpful; not necessarily through the Department, but through the Secretary's office. We are trying to get everybodydo you understand that, Mr. Secretary?
Mr. MONEY. Absolutely.
Mr. WELDON. We want you to respond as well.
Mr. MONEY. And I will.
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Mr. WELDON. Okay, good.
Page 78 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Mr. HUNTER. Let's start out with Mr. Money, with money. You have all testified to the effect that we need additional resources in a number of areas. I go back to the statement that was made by Dwayne Andrews who said, as a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence, who had just completed a Defense Science Support Study on Information Warfare and recommended meeting these emerging challenges with an additional $3 billion to be provided over a 5-year period to counter the, quote, ''growing information warfare threat,'' $3 billion over a 5-year period.
First, let me ask all of you if you agree with that proposition, that we need an additional $3 billion over a 5-year period.
General CAMPBELL. I think Dwayne is absolutely right. I think it is going to be at least that much if we are going to achieve the vision and the objectives.
Mr. HUNTER. Anybody else? Does anybody disagree with that or have comments on that?
General WOODWARD. No, I honestlyI couldn't come up with a figure. I am not sure that I have seen the analysis that was done on that whatsoever, by the way, so I am not sure of that figure one way or another or what that provides. It is a pretty big gamut that we are talking about there, I realize that. If you relegate that to just operations, then I am not sure, General.
Mr. HUNTER. Do you think it could be a lot bigger?
Page 79 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC General WOODWARD. The potential is there for that, or maybe it is restructuring of existing things of that nature, reprioritizing, things like that.
Mr. HUNTER. Okay. Admiral Natter.
Admiral NATTER. I agree. I have a hard time commenting on an across-the-Department figure, because I have no insights to the Department as a whole. I can certainly comment on the requirements for the Navy and some of the specifics in that regard.
Mr. HUNTER. What figure would you come up with if you are talking about the Navy?
Admiral NATTER. In the near term, sir, I know that the CNO has testified that he needs an additional $6 billion a year to capitalize and run the Navy at the level that we are required to operate. Within this particular subject, I know that I would need another $281 million in 2000 just to start this Navy-wide Intranet that Admiral Clemins addressed and discussed with you, and I know that that is
Mr. HUNTER. Let me ask you this question. The CNO's $6 billion top-line increase that he testified to with the rest of the chiefs basically is supported by a line item list. You are aware of the list, the unfunded requirements list that you built for us on an annual basis for the last several years. Is that $281 million in that list?
Admiral NATTER. I know that that figure is in the CNO's list of $6 billion requirement, yes, sir. That is over and above the President's budget as supplemented.
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Mr. HUNTER. I understand. So your $281 million that you think we are going to need in 2000 is included in the CNO's $6 billion top-line increase?
Admiral NATTER. Yes, sir.
Mr. HUNTER. Okay. Now the CNO testified to that $6 billion top-line increase as an annual requirement above and beyond over the 5-year plan above and beyond the last year's baseline.
Admiral NATTER. Yes, sir.
Mr. HUNTER. So are you saying that you would, by the same token, extrapolate that $281 million per year over the next several years? In other words, that is an annual requirement; that wasn't a one-time shot that the CNO gave us, you understand that?
Admiral NATTER. Yes, sir.
Mr. HUNTER. So where does the $281 million fit when you are talking about the outyears beyond 2000?
Admiral NATTER. I have some figures; basically I know it is $281 million in 2000; it is about the same amount in 2001, and then it goes on out; but it really is dependent upon how fast you want to build this Intranet and be able to conduct business Navy-wide on that. If we could do that in a couple of years, or complete the entire installation within a couple of years, then I would need more than $280 million in 2000.
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Mr. HUNTER. Well, to your understanding, that program has been integrated into the CNO's $6 billion annual top-line increase?
Admiral NATTER. Yes, sir.
Mr. HUNTER. Okay. Admiral Clemins, the initial question: Dwayne Andrews' recommendation that we spend an additional $3 billion over a 5-year period, and that was to counter the growing information warfare threat. I don't know if that encompasses everything that we have talked about here, but it at least encompasses a large part of it. Would you agree with that statement by Mr. Andrews?
Mr. CLEMINS. I don't know what he had in that statement, but I agree to the extent that all that falls in that category. But if you just sit there and look at the Navy on the $281 million that you talked about, I certainly agree that you can extrapolate and get to the number you got there at least. Industry would tell you that you are going to look at that as a large investment up front, but you will be surprised on how fast that payback comes back to you by making that. And if you try to predict that up forward, like Admiral Cebrowski said, there is no way that you can do that. So the answer is I think it is at least that much money.
Mr. HUNTER. Okay.
Mr. MONEY. I feel that same way. There are two caveats. I have
Page 82 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Mr. HUNTER. Now, listen. We have lots of caveats, but I want to know what you think we are going to need to spend over the next three to five years, because basically what we do, all we do in the end is direct money to purposes that you outline, and we need to have a bottom line at the end of your caveats.
Mr. MONEY. I am going to answer your question.
Mr. HUNTER. Who else is better prepared to talk about money than Mr. Money?
Mr. MONEY. I should have been a banker. Two caveats. We have, as I mentioned earlier, I have a lot of trouble, we all have a lot of trouble in really identifying what all is being spent today, because when it comes to information superiority, it is spread all over. There is ''peace'' and pieces in every weapons system and so forth.
With that said, and with just thinking about the information assurance, General Campbell mentioned my highest priorities are in fact putting the defense in place to protect and then we can do other things.
Mr. HUNTER. That is what Andrews was talking about. He said the information warfare threat. That is what he was talking about.
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. I have had several conversations with Dwayne, so I am not exactly sure I have the same mindset he does. But I would say sitting here today, on the back of an envelope I can easily come up with $4 to $5 million a year over the next five to handle the information assurance part
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Mr. HUNTER. Okay. Now, my question to you is, understanding that the chiefs testified to a requirement above last year's baseline, an unfunded requirement of $20 billion, and if we added the Bosnia contingencywas at $20.1if you add the Bosnia contingency of 1.8, that includes a pay raise, that would be 22. So is the $500 million a year that you are talking about, to your knowledge, is that included in that unfunded requirement of $22 billion a year?
Mr. MONEY. I would say probably some of it is, but I am pretty sure some of it isn't. For example, the skill pay for IT people I don't believe was in the mindset of any of the chiefs at that point. A few things like that. To more rapidly deploy the defense systems that we are talking about, PKI, the defense in-depth and so forth, I don't think to the degree we are looking at it today was in their mindsets. But I will let my service colleagues here also respond.
Mr. HUNTER. What we need you to do for the record in that case is to do an analysis with respect to what you have testified to. Take the chiefs' requirementsin most cases they have line-itemed most of these requirements in the past, so there is not a great mystery as to where the money is going to gomatch them up and come up with the delta; that is the yet unfunded requirements in the area that we are talking about beyond the $22 billion a year.
For example, General Donahue talked about the communications, the funds for theater-deployable communications for Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) wings and the information assurance for the theater planning system (TPS) plan. And the implication that I got from your testimony was that you had that money, and yet we have got an unfunded requirement of fiscal year 2000 through fiscal year 2003 through 2005 of $88 million, $87.6 million, $85 million and $87 million unfunded in those four years. So what you just talked about in terms of being, or at least the message to me that is coming along is you are short; you are short in excess of $350 million.
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General DONAHUE. That is on our unfunded priority list.
Mr. HUNTER. So that is on your list.
General DONAHUE. It is a sought list.
Mr. HUNTER. So once again, the challenge is to make sure that we get this right. If we go in for the unfunded requirements as given to us by the chiefs, that we don't miss some things that are going to be pretty crucial, where we are back here a couple of months later trying to figure out where we are going to get the extra.
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. I will take that action and get back to you and your staff.
The one thing that I would just like to add, whatever that plan was, the one you just read was a very good example. I do not think we can wait for the Five Year Defense Plan (FYDP). We need to address this problem and get ourselves zipped up, if you will. And I am protected in the next few months, or maybe we can tolerate a year. Waiting five years, I think we have really lost it.
Mr. HUNTER. I agree. So that makes this requirement much morein fact, this might be something we need on the supplemental, to move down the supplemental. Do you think this is important enough, critical enough to get on the supplemental?
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Mr. WELDON. General Rhodes.
General RHODES. Yes, sir. Knowing that General Krulak is never too reluctant to ask for additional funds, we have a
Mr. HUNTER. His tour in Iceland is a good one.
General RHODES. Yes, sir. On the unfunded list that is en route, we have $170.4 million shortfall that is unfunded for protection of information assurance for the Marine Corps' Enterprise Network, and that is for 2000, sir. And as far as the outyears, to be honest
Mr. HUNTER. Is that enough?
General RHODES. For that? Yes, sir; for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network, yes, sir.
Mr. HUNTER. Okay.
General DONAHUE. Two points. I am not entirely sure what was in the Defense Science Board breakout. I never did see the breakout, $3 billion over the Project Objective Memorandum (POM).
Page 86 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Mr. HUNTER. What I would ask all of you to do because of that, if you get a chance, grab the executive summary of that report and take a look at it and if you have any comments on that, put that in your answer for the record here.
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General DONAHUE. I will. I do know we spend quite a bit. This is a very important area that we have. We spend in the Air Force about $3.2 billion in what is called our information technology budget. We look at information superiority as a mission area, and if you look at our investment over the yearswe just reviewed thiswe spend between $4.5 billion and $5.5 billion a year on modernization, information superiority, and that includes Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and those kinds of things as well. And we spend about on a par with our global attack, global mobility for the modernization piece.
When we went through the process here with the additional funds that we worked for the President's budget increases. I sat at the table, and the Air Force counsel, and we did very good. I think we got our fair share of that particular plus, and we are there on the unfunded priority list. But there are lots of important things that the Air Force needs to fund.
Mr. HUNTER. That is what we want to know. We don't want to know if you got your fair share of what was allotted, because I think that is the exercise of what we have been going through in the last several years. We have been cutting up a pie which it appears isn't big enough. So if you could let us know if you have unfunded requirements in this area beyond what you have in the $5 billion annual increase that the Air Force Chief of Staff gave to us, that would be good.
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General DONAHUE. Yes, sir. Our needs are on the chief's unfunded priority list, and I think you have a copy of it. You cited the ones for theater, and that is one of several.
I would urge alsopart of that, in fact I just did the quick numbers here, it ended up that our 2000 requirement is $281 million as well. That was not by design, I just totaled those numbers there. That is for Communications (COM) infrastructure, that is for theater deployable Communications (COM); that is for tactical networks, Joint Tactical Information Distribution (JTIDs) on bombers, and command and control. But also we are asking for $60 million for this experimentation piece, and we think that is really critical.
We think that the institution, the DOD as an institution, and Congress needs to be willing to have some of these experiments fail. They are not going to all be successful and we have to be able to go out there and protect those who fail in these things.
Mr. HUNTER. I am all for it. I think we need to do lots of tests. We need to do more tests in missile defense. These things become political events where you can't afford to fail; nobody goes out and takes a shot at it. But we are for that.
General DONAHUE. That is right.
Mr. HUNTER. Admiral Cebrowski.
Admiral CEBROWSKI. I obviously can't speak for Admiral Natter and the Service budget, but an important point is frequently people say as you buy more of this information technology, you buy more and more vulnerabilities because you just get more of theas you depend more on information technology
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Mr. HUNTER. Provide more fluidity and the fluidity may cause something to hemorrhage.
Admiral CEBROWSKI. That is right. In fact it really works the other way. The sooner we can shed the legacy systems, the old stuff, the better off we are going to be. The new stuff is far and away superior in terms of protection.
Mr. HUNTER. That takes me to another point that is really a critical point for all of you.
You know, we take a long time to develop weapons systems. We all understand that, we and many in Congress, and the DOD and our own bureaucracy is our own worst enemy. When did we start the Patriot Missile System, 1962? When did we deploy it, 1980? So one thing that has always bothered me, and I know it bothered you too, is our inability to field technology fast, and we have that challenge in a lot of systems. We get the system up, it has some fairly old technology because it took us so long to put her together.
In this area, as you have all mentioned, technology moves real fast, and what you had last year is obsolete this year. And as you were testifying to that effect, I was sitting here thinking, oh, boy, we have a system that produces a product 20 years after we started it.
How are we going to have the ability to move fast and field fast when you have to? I don't think we have that in your area, or in the area of information superiority, despite all of those circles. And I look at all of those circles and I remember the Grenada invasion when one of the ground commanders had to call the officers' club in Fort Benning to get artillery on target. I am sure he had some great circles out there too, but they didn't fit in the real situation.
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In fact, if we had good information superiority right now, in theorybecause the guys that have the spare parts come up and tell us everything is copacetic in terms of what we haveif you look at the mission-capable rates, all of which are dropping substantially on our aircraft, and they shouldn't be, because in theory, if we are able to have information superiority, that is the ability to retrieve resources very quickly and apply them, we should have a fairly high mission capability rate, assuming we have enough people still to fly the aircraft and to work on them.
So my question thenmaybe Mr. Money is the guy to start out with herehow are we going to break this inability that we have collectively to field technology fast when it comes to information superiority? How are we going to break out of this cycle?
Mr. MONEY. Several ways. Let me start with this defense infrastructure common operating environment that was mentioned, I think called the JTA, the Joint Technical Architecture. There are some architectures, there are standards coming into place; we talk about open systems such that we can drop in new technology.
The Internet in fact is a real facilitator to that. There is a standard out there. You can put an home page (HP) or whatever on it and it will work. It is that kind of mentality we are trying to introduce here with a lot of the standards. Enforcing the standards is an issue.
Let me foot stomp at what Art Cebrowski just said. Our biggest impediment to date to interoperability is, in fact, the legacy systems. I will give you one example, a joint tactical radio which we all have signed up for, every service, so when we had this Grenada problem, we won't have that again; we will all have a common forum where we can all talk to each other.
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But you look at the word for that, we have something like 30 legacy waveforms in there so we can be backward compatible. Why is that? Because we will have legacy waveforms, radios and systems out there for the next 25 years.
Mr. HUNTER. Here is your challenge, Art. When you have big companiesand you have fewer big companies now and we may even have fewer in about three weeksif you talk to the small innovators, the big guys that built the old legacy systems and are getting pretty damn good dollars fixing them and upgrading them, have no incentive to generalize those systems in a way that we can plug in and plug out, and lots of guys can plug in and plug out. So you have got a real political problem in terms of getting cooperation from the shrinking industrial base.
Mr. MONEY. That is why, one, we are forcing these companies to the standards we have set. By the way, these standards we are setting are in fact commercially available, so we are not inventing the standard that is not already out there. We are in fact taking what is commercially available, so we can drop in new systems. But the other folks here will have some other ideas.
Mr. HUNTER. Do you think we do now have the ability to fast field?
Mr. MONEY. We have a much greater capability today or possibility today. Frankly, as mentioned here, and I don't want to belabor this, the financial PBBS system is an eliminating factor. Let me get back to this example on JTRs, the Joint Tactical Radio. We said we will come back to Congress for a reprogramming action. We came back to Congress for a reprogramming action, so by the time we worked through all of the committees it took the better part of a year to get $15 million reprogrammed. We got the authority to reprogram fiscal year 1998 money in December of 1998 when we were three months into fiscal year 1999. So reprogramming, everybody said that is theirs to be used. It is too slow.
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Mr. HUNTER. Yeah. So you need that flexible funding capability.
Mr. MONEY. Yes.
Mr. HUNTER. Admiral Natter, do you have a comment?.
Admiral NATTER. I can address the specific IT21 system, sir.
In fact, we were doing a pretty good job of keeping up the technology. Number one, we are buying commercial systems. CISCO servers is a good example. Our routers, our Analog to Digital Switches (ADS) switches, none of this stuff was made with military specifications (MILSPEC), number one.
Number two, we are not going through the shipoff process, ship alteration or installation process that we have done historically, because that is a long, arduous, bureaucratic process which was very good because it maintains standardization on the ships, but it was real slow.
We are putting some of the systems on. We are making some mistakes. A good example, the Athena dome on the Enterprise was put on the sponson. At about 30 knots, it shakes and rattles. It had some problems. We looked, found we needed to do some strengthening to the sponson to get it fixed. That is a mistake. It got installed and went over and did the mission quite well.
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All those technologies are being introduced, and as the new technology comes on line, we will upgrade those servers, we will upgrade those switches. So I think we are pushing technology. We have got no choice.
Mr. HUNTER. I agree with you, we have got no choices. I don't know if we are going to be able to do that.
Let me just ask as a proposition, if you could for the record, recommend to us a blueprint for fielding technology faster, including information warfare superiority technology, quickly.
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Admiral NATTER. Yes, sir.
Mr. HUNTER. And anything we can do in terms of flexible funding.
Mr. MONEY. I will take that action.
Mr. HUNTER. That is going to be real important for all of us. The problem I see, I have a kid who is a great computer whiz. I was shocked and amazed, going through college. He went out the other day and was hired by a company at $70 an hour to fix their computers while he is in college. I said, my God, I was cutting firewood when I was in law school, and you are doing this stuff. I tried to get him to let me help, but he said I was useless at doing this.
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He gave me the schedule these kids are getting when they graduate from college. From some of the colleges, they are coming out and getting $80,000 a year. You cannot even come close to meeting that with a 50 percent pay raise, getting people into the uniformed services. You talked about doctors and lawyers and how we bring them in with a minimum of military training, but basically we commission them in as captains when they come in.
Is thatBob, do you know, is it captains? When I say captain, I mean Army-style captain.
Admiral NATTER. For doctors, we give them bonuses.
Mr. HUNTER. What rank?
Admiral NATTER. It depends on their experience, their specialty, and their age.
Mr. HUNTER. Do we have the ability to do that with computer people?
Mr. MONEY. Not to my knowledge.
Mr. HUNTER. So we don't treat them as a professional in that sense? We may have to do that. We may have to bring these guys in with officer ranks, and very high pay levels to get them in, or else perhaps have some type of an education, a scholarship situation where we help pay for their college education in return for a couple of years.
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Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir.
One of my requests, and I will submit this for the record as well, was we have the authority to pay mathematicians at National Security Agency (NSA) at a separate and additional pay scale, linguists, doctors, and lawyers. But we don't have the authority today, both on the military side and the civilian side, to pay IT professionals. That is one of the things we are working on.
Mr. HUNTER. Is that uniformed doctors? Will a uniformed doctor who is a captain get more than a captain who is not a doctor?
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir, they get additional because they are a doctor.
Mr. HUNTER. What percentage will they get?
Mr. MONEY. I don't know, but I will be glad to get that information for you.
Mr. HUNTER. My recommendation, the last request for you, we don't have Mr. Buyer here right now with the Personnel Subcommittee, but if you can put together your new analysis and put in your recommendation for what we are going to have to do in terms of personnel to meet this requirementand not just in the supportive community in DOD, but in the uniformed services.
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Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir.
Mr. HUNTER. I think that is an important part of the equation.
Mr. MONEY. I will take that action.
Mr. HUNTER. Thank you very much, gentlemen.
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Mr. WELDON. Mr. Pickett?
Mr. PICKETT. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Secretary Money, is it the job of your office to do some oversight and coordination with what the services are doing in the way of developing computer systems to facilitate their on-service activities and make sure they are interoperable and meet some sort of uniform standards throughout the Department?
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir.
Mr. PICKETT. Can you tell us a little bit about the policies and programs you have in place to ensure that that does in fact happen?
Page 96 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC While you are talking about that, you might tell a little bit about how you go about deciding how much of your money is going to be spent on software, which is an important part of this equation we are working with here, as opposed to the hardware. I think you mentioned the 18-month cycle in technology, which I think is what is generally applied to hardware in the industry, but I don't think any such cycle applies to software.
I have heard a lot of horror stories coming not only out of the Department, but other places about how much money sometimes gets spent in trying to develop software for a particular application; and then the whole effort gets thrown in the trash can because it started down the wrong path, or it is not going to work. Once that decision is made, of course, it is a sunk cost that you never manage to get back.
How do you follow this kind of thing to avoid spending a lot of money and effort that is not going to be productive?
Mr. MONEY. A short answer to that question goes something like this: We start with standards and an architecture, and all the systems that all the services and defense agencies, including the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Security Agency (NSA), National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), Defense Information and Systems Agency (DISA), and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), all those that I have cognizance over, they have to line up with the architectures that are in place that we have established and these standards that are espoused primarily in the DIICOE, Defense Information Common Operating Environment information. If they don't line up with that, they are not funded. That is the first step.
Each of these people is responsible to ensure that happens within their services as well, so it took us a while to get to this point, but now we have interoperability starting to happen because we are all working from a compatible, interactive base. That is hardware and software.
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The technology cycle, a lot of what we talk about in the 18 months is more IT-related hardware. Software will vary within that. The software standards again are what has to be applied to this DIICOE. We walked away from ADA, which was a software language which was imposed by the DOD several years ago. About 18 months ago we walked away from that because there was no commercial base out there that would support that.
So part of our getting to this standard, this architecture, this interoperability, is also to get a line with what is commercially available; and instead of us saying what it ought to be, we are saying we will take what the commercial world says it ought to be and then use it that way.
I will assert that that works maybe 90 or 95 percent of the time, and the other five percent will do something unique. But in fact, when that is done, it will still be compatible with those standards and with that architecture. That is a short answer to a long question.
Mr. PICKETT. I think we all have a rough idea of the hardware situation, but kind of unknown is the software. Tell me how you go about quantifying the software and putting a price on it for purposes of budgeting.
Mr. MONEY. Normally we are buying a system of which the software, the firmware, the hardware is part of that system. So it is looked at as a package in that regard. I am not sure I am really tracking what your question is when it comes to the software issue.
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Mr. PICKETT. When you are developing software, do you contract that out? Is that what you do? Do you have an in-house capability?
Mr. MONEY. Most everything we are doing in the acquisition area is contracted out. There will be a few exceptions to that. There may be some particular code that has a very high classification we want to do in-house, but I say that is by far now the exception; the rule is, that stuff is outsourced.
Mr. PICKETT. When you contract it out, do you contract at a fixed price for a finished product, or do you have an open-ended contract to develop something, and you follow along and see how well it goes?
Mr. MONEY. It depends. That is not a very good answer. If it is a highly developmental area, something we are developing and we don't have a lot of history, we go for a cost-plus type contract, because neither we nor the contractor really knows what all those details are.
General Donahue mentioned the spiral process. We are into that: build, test, build some more. We want to do that. So in that regard we are usually looking at a cost-plus environment, put on award fees and so forth.
If it is a more defined and more mature product, we go firm fixed price, or we just buy it like we would from a software store, a shrink-wrap store, whatever. Most of this IT stuff we are talking about, or a lot of it, is in fact commercially available software, so it is just like going out and buying something from Egghead or whatever.
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Mr. PICKETT. The people issue that you are talking about primarily is people to operate the equipment and the system?
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. It is not code writers, when I was talking about IT professionals. It is the system administrators; it is the network people; it is the competency that General Donahue was talking about when he professionalized the network, those kinds of people.
All the services have taken their operations and maintenance (OMs) and combined their communications (COMs) people with the other people that we need to grow that force, call it the ''cybercorps,'' if you will, as we have that expertise in a defensive sense, but in a day-to-day operation.
All these folks talk about, or could talk about, the action in the Persian Gulf two or three days ago or last month, what we may be doing shortly in another part of the world, all that now germinates and is indigenous to this information superiority. Keeping that working is what we need these professionals for.
I don't by any means mean they are outright software.
Mr. PICKETT. We know what we have done with the nuclear propulsion people that run the systems, and the pilots and other specialized groups in our military. Have you thought through any specifics about what the requirements would be for this cyberforce that you believe we need?
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Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. Each of these folks has people already in that line. Let me hand it off to them.
Mr. PICKETT. We were talking about special incentives to make certain that you have an adequate number of these people in the force to carry out the responsibilities?
Mr. MONEY. Yes, sir. Let me give one example, and then I will ask my colleagues.
We talk about, and I make the analogy to a driver's license: You go to an education class, go take a driver's test, you get a driver's license to drive an automobile. You have to take another one to drive a motorcycle. You have to take another one to drive a certain sized truck or bus, or ultimately another one for an 18-wheeler.
We are talking about that kind of driver's license analogy to what people need to do.
I will assert, every person needs to have the driver's license to drive the car if they are sitting down in a terminal, because they are now going to be opening up a vulnerability. System administrators on networks may be the other extreme; they need that 18-wheeler driver's license. So there are varying degrees of this, but everybody needs a moderate amount of training in a continuous sense.
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Mr. PICKETT. The final question, do you have sufficient flexibility in the system today to do what you want to do, or is additional legislation required to set up this force that you are talking about?
Mr. MONEY. Certainly I would request additional legislation to give us the wherewithal so we can do skill-based incentives to maintain or retain some of the force.
Other things we need: We would request additional funds to train people. We are not training near enough and often enough and continuously enough across the whole of DOD relative to the vulnerabilities, what to do about it.
I will say that anybody that gets onto their desktop today and logs on, if they don't do things properly, they have opened up a seam where we could be attacked from. So it is every person that has anything to do with the desktop computer, let alone a mainframe somewhere; they all need to be trained and continuously trained.
I make the analogy to, we all go through an annual update in security awareness. We need to have periodic, maybe it is annual, updates in computer security as well.
Mr. PICKETT. The final item, are you satisfied with the level of interoperability among the services today?
Page 102 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Mr. MONEY. To some degree. We have come a long way. I have taken on a different perspective. When I spent two years in the Air Force up to about a year agoI have been in this job almost a year now; I think we have made really some great advances in the parochialism of the services relative to information.
There is something about information and Title X. It doesn't stop at a service when you go into organized training. That information flows end-to-end. Several times today I mentioned end-to-end purposely. So the services, these folks in particular and othersit is not universalare coming on board. We really need to look at the information from a joint standpoint.
So, yes, I am more and more satisfied. I am a hard case. Will I ever be totally satisfied? Not yet. Then once we get our act together for a joint thing, we need to bring along our allies and coalition forces. Again, standards is a very important thing there.
Mr. PICKETT. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. WELDON. Thank you, Mr. Pickett.
Gentlemen, we have some questions that I would like to get in the record, so if you can respond, we will make sure that Mr. Reed puts them in the record and gives them to you. They are very important. Some of them are specific to the services; others are broad-based.
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Page 103 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Mr. WELDON. Let me ask a couple of other final questions. Then I will go back around if Duncan or Owen have other questions.
A simple question, General Rhodes, that a layperson would ask, is the Marine Corps going to be able to operate, to participate in the Army's joint battlefield?
General DONAHUE. Yes, sir.
General RHODES. Not only have I been down there, we work closely with the trade-off, and we will be participating with them in the joint contingency force Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) and taking a rotation with them at the joint training center at Fort Polk, which we did, and we will again next summer.
Mr. WELDON. This is not meant to be negative; these are just simple things. We are very supportive of the work you are doing. How often do you all meet as a group?
Mr. MONEY. It is a great question. They see me more often than they want to.
Admiral Natter, how often do we get together?
Admiral NATTER. Too often. Actually we had a full day Saturday three weeks ago on the subject of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and if you have ever wanted to be kept awake with something that is a little boring, but awfully important to what we do, that is a great way to spend a Saturday.
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I also met Monday morning on a separate issue with Mr. Money and the head of Defense Information & Systems Agency (DISA) on a very important issue of putting together this Navy-wide Internet.
Mr. WELDON. I thought you were going to say that you met all day Saturday in preparation for this hearing.
Admiral NATTER. That was Sunday, sir.
Mr. WELDON. Do you meet as a group?
Admiral NATTER. Yes, sir.
Mr. MONEY. We started off meeting with the idea we meet once a month, and now we have kicked it up to it is at least twice a month and maybe even more often, probably three or four times in the last couple of weeks, because there are so many issues and it is so important.
Let me get another opinion, here.
General DONAHUE. Mr. Money holds a session with the Command, Control, Communication, and Computers (C4) folks at least once a month, and it has been quitemore frequently lately. The J6, and it started with Admiral Cebrowski, we held a Command, Control, Communication, and Computers (C4) bubba meeting, we call it. We get together maybe at breakfast or maybe over lunch. We sit there and work on common issues.
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We also have a military Common Electronics Board, which General Woodward shares, which brings all of us together, all the services, all the agencies. We meet monthly on those issues. So we get together quite often on these issues.
The sessions with Mr. Money and with General Woodward, you bring yourself and you bring your issues and you sit down at the table and do the hard-nosed work on it.
Mr. WELDON. Mr. Money, you are to be commended on that. That shows real leadership, that you are taking the steps to bring all the leadership together on a regular basis. I applaud you for that.
Mr. MONEY. Thank you. Frankly, it is a no-brainer. These folks are the ones that make it happen. My job is this oversight and guidance and policy type thing. But they are the ones to be commended. They really have taken this on, and jointness is starting to have a capital J.
Mr. WELDON. As a follow-up to this jointness question, I think the figure in the brief we got was $47 billion a year in terms of information technology across the board. There is a huge amount in the budget. I know you are all developing within your services what I would call cyber-commanders in chief (CINCs). Do we need a CINC cyber to work with you? Do we need a CINC cyber?
Mr. MONEY. I am going to defer real quick to J6, looking at what should we do in that regard. So that is being considered; I am not sure it is ready for prime time or public announcement yet, but those discussions
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Mr. WELDON. So you are looking at that?
Mr. MONEY. Those discussions have been ongoing.
General WOODWARD. Without really getting out of my lane here, you can appreciate that there is a thorough discussion going on in the U-Fly Command Plan by the UCP, by the Joint Staff, by all the CINCs, and they have been doing this now for about an hour and a half, with the whole objective of trying to figure out where we need to go and what kind of organizational constructs does it really need to do this.
The initial activity that is going on is the Joint Task Force. I think we can mention this. The Joint Task Force for computer network defense, you met Gerald Campbell who was down here as the commander of that, who will report to U.S. Space Command starting, I think it is 1 October, if I am not mistaken, of this year, so that a CINC is now in charge operationally across all of that arena.
Mr. WELDON. If there is anything prior to our markup, which begins in April? We would be interested in working with you in terms of what you are developing there, so we will be back in touch with you on that.
One final question: I have to ask this because this is the Roscoe Bartlett question. Roscoe is not here, so in honor of his being a member of this committee, and it is actually a serious issue, that is the question of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) laydown and the impact on each of your systems.
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One, are we prepared today? One, what would be the impact of an EMP laydown, a low-intensity nuclear burst in the upper atmosphere, on our systems, our information systems? Are we hardened? What would be the impact? What, if anything, are we doing? Is the problem so severe, as we heard fromwho was that general who came in for the critical infrastructurehe just said it was too expensive.
Mr. MONEY. Let me start on that, and each of these folks also needs to respond to that. The answer is, there is some good news here and some bad news. Let me start off with, as we go more and more commercially to using commercial satellites (COMSATS), commercial equipment and so forth, the commercial folks are not embedding any EMP microprocessors or whatever. So in that regard we are wide open.
However, the robustness of their systems also starts to counter that ultimately, what we end up with, and that is why we still have NOSTAR, MILSTAR, why we still will continue to have a system, call it what you will. Later on, we will come back to you in a few years with a thing called the Advanced CHF Satellite, we will still have an assured, secure computer system if we need to have something in that kind of environment, albeit that is a very low bandwidth, a very low-capacity system.
What you have heard today is, we are going much the other way in the amount of capacity and bandwidth we need. So we have robustness in the system because there are so many different paths, but yet if they come from the commercial area we are vulnerable.
Let me give each of these people a chance to answer that same question. Jack?
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General WOODWARD. Yes, sir, we are very much engaged. I have had the opportunitywith Congressman Bartlett, by the waypersonally and professionally out in U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command, to address the same subject with him for a full day's period of time, including a plane ride back to Washington, D.C. So we spent a lot of time on it.
I think recently one of my staff members has also been in his office to help him understand some new aspects that I don't think we need to talk about here. But he now has that level of information as well.
The Department looks at EMP and High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and recognizes that as we must work in that environment, we must do military activities in that environment, we must penetrate that stress level of the environment, so there are certain kinds of things that have to go on. As Mr. Money mentioned, certainly the movement we have made in the EHF arena, the Extremely High Frequency arena, has done a lot of that, not the least of which is obviously the MILSTAR program.
And then the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) through things in the future. We have big programs, tech warning, tech assessment. That is a foremost thought process. Certainly in the emergency action message business, which you are well aware of, it is there, and the Strategic Command and Control arena, as well. I think that is a constant thought process, wherever that needs to be looked at, all of the time.
The threat discussion, which I don't think we really need to get into, there are some things that have gone on in terms of some commercial level, off-the-shelf type testing of electronics that has proven itself that that level of threat has really come down dramatically as well. As a result of that, some things have been changing in terms of the requirement base as we have to fit into that posture.
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Congressman Bartlett asked those questions very specifically, and they were addressed in his office along those lines. So if we need to provide you something for the record, and I can go to the classified arena, I will be more than happy to do that as well, however you see fit.
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Mr. WELDON. I think for the classified record you should do that, because that is a concern of members, and just to have it, it would be helpful to us. We appreciate those comments, but anything else you can provide in the classified setting would be appreciated.
General CAMPBELL. We do a risk assessment on all of our systems and determine where the vulnerabilities are to include EMP. There are a whole range of protective measures, some of which are very simple and cheap and effective up to very expensive, highly protective measures.
We need to achieve the proper balance on which systems get the costly protection, because we really can't have it both ways. We can't say that on one hand we want to very rapidly introduce commercial technology, and on the other hand, have everything EMP-protected. So a standard, cookie-cutter approach does not apply to everything we take a risk assessment perspective on.
Page 110 PREV PAGE TOP OF DOC Mr. WELDON. Thank you. Anyone else?
General DONAHUE. Pretty much on the same lines, we take an operational risk management approach. It is not the heroics of outbuilding against all possible threats. It is really a sufficient measure for those key systems which we know are going to be necessary for the central operations that we have and the ones we are likely to face.
If I may ask to backtrack on an issue that I am a little concerned about, the direction it went, when we talk about these issues of people, the issues of incentives are important, but we got off to a discussion that talked about perhaps a separate corps, non-line.
We need to proceed cautiously. Chairman Hunter's recommendation would come back as absolutely right on, because I can tell you, in the information business, we don't want to be a non-line, we want to be in the line. We want to be air and space operators.
If you join the Air Force, the military, to get rich on networks, we cannot afford to chase that thing down. We want people in the Air Force and in the military because they want to serve and they want to be the air and space operators, they want to be Marines, they want to be in the Navy. We need to proceed very cautiously on this. There is a right kind of incentive package.
I am not prepared, and I don't want to go offer, on this, to establish a separate corps that is promoted separately, acquired separately, and so forth.
Mr. MONEY. I didn't mean that when I said that.
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Mr. HUNTER. General Donahue, what you have got to do is get the people. You are going to have to do what it takes to get the people.
When we realized we needed doctors, we got a pretty darned good deal if you are a doctor and you want to get into the military. I joined the military in 1969 to make $69 a month as a private in a foreign country, because that is what I was qualified to do.
We have nice doctors, who are good, competent, credentialed people, who joined at the same time I did; and they, I thought, joined as captains, because that is what we needed. We needed doctors. So we do provide special accommodation to professions that are critical to warfighting.
In my estimation, everything you have told us today, and from what preceded us in the classified hearing, this may be even more critical than the medical profession and certainly perhaps than the legal profession in the military.
We have accommodated those professions with more money and with more rank, and when you see these young geniuses out there doing this stuff, heck, a good part of our hearing was taken with commenting on what a couple of 16-year-olds did, and how that threw everybody into a giant tizzy, with all those circles just revolving all over the place.
The point is, we are going to have to do what it takes to get those people not just into the supportive DOD civil service, but I think into uniform. I agree with you, I think they will still be gung ho, loyal, patriotic, proud airmen, Marines, soldiers and sailors, but nonetheless, I think we are going to probably have to give them a real good package, because the package on the outside is so extraordinary.
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You will be shocked when you see what these guys are getting coming right out of college. It is amazing. Industry realizes that it is supply and demand.
Mr. MONEY. We are right with you, Mr. Hunter. By no means do I mean a separate service. They need to be integrated. In fact, my Marine friend needs to say something about that.
General RHODES. In my testimony, I call them information warriors. This is a growth area. It is going to be one of the leading combined arms for the future. We have to go ahead and treat them accordingly. They are not a commodity or service provider, as they have been in the past. They are part of a combined arms team with a warfighting capability.
Mr. HUNTER. In the Marines they will all be riflemen, too, right?
General RHODES. Yes, sir.
Mr. WELDON. That was excellent. We thank all of you for your outstanding commitment to these issues and to the country, and also for your excellent testimony today.
We are here to help you. We think if you respond the way we have asked you, we will be very happy with the results when we start our markup process. Thank you.
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[Whereupon, at 5:35 p.m., the subcommittee was adjourned.]
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