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JP 2047 Phase 3
business expansion. Telecommunications carriers
and their customers are realising the benefits of
these new capabilities in the deployment of IP Virtual
Private Networks (VPNs)."
"Network security is essential for safeguarding
Government information assets and infrastructure,
and for maintaining privacy and confidentiality of
information. Optus Secure Networks offer a complete
range of turn-key security services, operated and
managed around the clock by security-cleared
personnel in Australian Government approved secure
facilities. Services and solutions are available up to
and including the Highly Protected level."
When approached by APDR for comments on Telstra's
tender for JP 2047 Phase 3, their representative
declined to make any contribution, also citing the
RFT's requirement that no information be supplied to
the media before contract signature.
Telstra would be keen to win this contract because
it is a telecommunications carrier as well as a
constructor/integrator/maintainer. Following their
business agreement with NBN, that organisation is
taking over some work previously unique to Telstra.
In general, the competitive advantage of Telstra
for large organisations like Defence is based around
Whole of Business customer solutions. These can
include wireless technologies; broadband and wire
line technologies; IP telephony; satellite bandwidth;
structured building cabling; optical fibre cabling;
IP security; network resilience/security; network
engineering; and real time network management.
THE UPGRADED TERRESTRIAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK,
AS PART OF THE ICT REFORM PROGRAM, WILL MAKE
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO CURRENT AND FUTURE
KEY PROJECTS INCLUDING:
AIR 5232 Phase 1 Air Combat Officer Training System
AIR 5276 Cap 2 AP-3C Capability Assurance Program
AIR 5333 Vigilaire
AIR 5440 Phase 1 C-130J Block Upgrade Program
AIR 6000 eBusiness Solution to Support (NACC)
AIR 7000 Phase 2B Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement
AIR 9000 Phase 8 Naval Aviation Combat System
DEF7013 Joint Intelligence Support System
JP 2030 Joint Command Support Environment
JP 2044 Phase 4 Digital Topographical Systems (DTS) Upgrade
JP 2054 Defence Message Handling System
JP 2065 Phase 2 Integrated Broadcast System (IBS)
JP 2072 Phase 2A Battlespace Communications System (Land)
JP 2077 Improved Logistics Systems 2B.1
JP 2080 Phase 3 Finance Systems
JP 2090 Phase 1C Combined Information Environment (CIE)
JP 2097 Phase 1B REDFIN - Enhancements to Special Operations
JP 2099 Phase 1 Identity Management
LAND 75 Battlefield Command Support System
LAND 121 Overlander
SEA 1000 Future Submarine
SEA 1439 Phase 3.1 Training
SEA 1442 Phase 4 Maritime Communications Modernisation
COMPAS - Online Medals
Employer Support Payment Scheme Decision Support
JHC -- eHealth Project
Joint Electronic Fuels Management
OHS Information Management System
US Trade Agreement eBusiness Solution
THE HOLY GRAIL OF TERRESTRIAL COMMUNICATIONS
Greg Farr, current CIO of Defence, is leaving in November 2012 when his
five year contract expires. He has had a very active tenure, overseen great
technological change and certainly tidied up the financial side of Defence's ICT.
In a recent presentation, he described the requirements of ICT for Defence
to deliver Force 2030. Listed below is his view of the key attributes of
Defence's computer and communications network which need to be in place.
The environment needs to be designed with the end-user in mind, to make
it readily useable, available and accessible when and where it is needed,
regardless of platform. ICT needs to be architected so that it can accommodate
appropriately the changing needs of the user community. To be dependable it
must have limited outages, with contingencies in place for when these occur.
Communications bandwidth, computing power and applications must
provide real-time responsiveness, for example with shared common recognised
For the Unclassified, Restricted and Secret domains of the ICT system
it must be trusted through confidentiality of information; assured as to its
integrity, i.e. the information has not been subject to unauthorised changes;
and controlled because persons accessing the system must be correctly
authenticated. Hardware and software must be completely protected from
Interconnectivity with military, intelligence and corporate environments
requires a layered communications and applications model to ensure secure
The whole ICT structure needs to be scalable, so that it can rapidly change
to meet escalating or collapsing demands.
Finally it has to fit within the financial expectations of the Government in
terms of delivering cost-efficiency in its projects and managed capabilities.
And where does this leave JP 2047 Phase 3?
The $400 million project is expected to be of moderate complexity in terms
of schedule, technical difficulty, operation, support, and reaching satisfactory
Terrestrial communications form the bottom layer of the Integrated Defence
Architecture Technology Stack, so they are a critical enabler of the whole ICT
reform project, making JP 2047 Phase 3 a vital component in the whole process.
By taking an architectural approach, so that interchangeable elements slot in,
without the need for redeveloping other parts of the network, Defence stands
a good chance of achieving its Force 2030 ICT aims, as well as reaching
targeted $1.9 billion in savings.
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