GENERAL PETER M. CUVIELLO, USA
OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS,
AND COMPUTERS (DISC4)
UNITED STATES ARMY
HEARING ON INFORMATION ASSURANCE
17 MAY 2001
Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, thank you
for the opportunity to testify on these important matters.
I will make a brief oral statement of about three minutes
duration and submit my written comments for the record.
Army today has the world's best forces. But to respond
effectively to 21st Century requirements,
we must transform the Army. The Army is revising key
concepts, doctrine, and strategic plans to address full
spectrum operations in a complex environment that includes
other Services, agencies, and nations. The Army is pursuing
the transformation of its operational forces and institutional
base, while simultaneously maintaining a trained and
ready force capable of fighting and winning the Nation's
wars. This approach to change will keep the Army's systems,
people, and processes integrated to optimize readiness.
an integral part of the Army's Transformation, we recognize
the Army must make fundamental shifts in how it views
its organizations and business processes, and how it
manages and uses enabling information technology. We
are transforming the Army into a knowledge-based organization.
Our framework for this effort is called Army
Knowledge Management is an integration effort. It includes:
change catalysts such as policy, culture, and education;
intellectual capital such as our individual, team, and
enterprise knowledge; and infostructure consisting of
the computers, networks, architecture, and security
to support the enterprise. We are web-enabling processes
and services, migrating legacy systems and making them
easily accessible, networking common systems and services,
and changing our culture from one involving information
hoarding to information sharing. We have developed a
strategy based on lessons learned from our industry
and DoD partners who are going through major transformation
efforts like the Army. We have had, and will continue
to have, senior level exchanges with our partners in
industry and government as we progress.
we become a knowledge-based organization, the requirement
for Information Superiority and Information Assurance
remains absolutely essential. Achieving Information
Superiority requires continuous modernization of command,
control, communications, and computer systems on the
battlefield. Our tactical forces require modern information
technology and information transport networks that are
effectively linked or networked by a secure infostructure
capable of sharing and exchanging information among
geographically dispersed forces.
was demonstrated at our recent Division Capstone Exercise
of the 4th Infantry Division at the National
Training center last month, we now have professional
acknowledgement of the inherent power of new technologies.
This was impressive, but what was more noteworthy
was the apparent effectiveness of individual unit commander
battlefield organization and execution throughout the
brigade. This force-on-force action was clearly far
above any we have seen in the past. We saw actions and
reactions that we have never seen before. Our ability
to see and track over 1500 discrete entities on the
battlefield of this one brigade truly embodies the network-centric
concept of tying the communications, sensors, and engagement
have seldom, if ever, observed a blue brigade exercising
such obviously tight control over its internal formations.
What we saw were commanders and leaders who are beginning
to command through a balance of human interface and
information technology. The result of this marriage
is powerful and was apparent. Our overall impression
is we are far along the path and now may well be able
to see more clearly what options offer us the best leverage,
organizational design, doctrine, and equipment. It seems
to us the digital equipment and software functional
applications are now part of the fabric of the force
and in one form or another, of various echelons of the
Army's contribution to the Global Information Grid assures
the warfighter global access to timely information that
provides the ability to create combat power characterized
by increased operational tempo, lethality, and survivability.
Battlefield command, control, communications, and computer
support to the warfighter through the fielding of the
Warfighter Information Network - Tactical and the Joint
Tactical Radio System, combined with our evolving software
enhancements to the Army Battle Command Systems, remains
a top priority.
Information Superiority for our Institutional Army also
requires continued modernization of our installation
infostructure. Our Installation Information Infrastructure
Architecture and Installation Information Infrastructure
Modernization Program are the blueprints for providing
power projection support from the sustaining base to
deployed forces as well as the foundation needed to
import best business practices from the commercial sector.
to our commitment to provide seamless end-to-end connectivity
from our installations to our deployed warfighters is
our reliance on the Defense Information Systems Network.
The Defense Information Systems Network delivers the
information transport and switching capability that
ties Joint forces together.
technology will enable the Army and our sister Services
to dominate future battlefields. But this technology
is also vulnerable to attack and exploitation. Consequently,
we must continue to build and sustain a robust Information
Assurance program to provide Defense-in-Depth and continue
to improve our programs. We have made major improvements
in protecting our networks. We monitor our networks
on-line 24 hours per day. The Army Computer Emergency
Response Team/Coordination Center of the Land Information
Warfare Activity, and our regional Computer Emergency
Response Teams and Network Operations and Security Centers
are world-class operations.
particularly exciting area of great potential is the
field of Biometrics.
The Army is the DoD's executive agent for Biometrics.
We have established a Biometrics Management Office and
a Biometrics Fusion Center that is overseeing and integrating
all DoD joint biometrics related activities.
are taking steps to ensure the confidentiality, integrity,
availability, authentication and non-repudiation of
our information and information systems within our network-centric
environment. The Army Information Assurance Program
is a comprehensive agenda consisting of innovative policies
and procedures, state-of-the-art hardware and software
security solutions, and new training initiatives designed
to protect the Army's critical infostructure from the
sustaining base to the deployed force. Our Program is
consistent with guidance in the DoD's Defense-Wide Information
Assurance Program, DoD Information Assurance and Computer
Network Defense Memorandums and Instructions, Joint
Staff Information Assurance efforts, the Army Modernization
Plan, and recent direction provided in the Government
Information Security Reform Act.
are very grateful for the committee's support for our
Information Assurance programs and solicit your continued
support in these critical areas.
Thank you. I will submit the remainder of my
testimony for the record.