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The Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Data System (NGEDS) was launched today at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington, U.S.A., marking the beginning of its five-year deployment cycle. NGEDS delivers innovative capabilities designed to help the Navy achieve its strategic goals throughout the full spectrum of conflict.
“NGEDS is the largest data asset modernization program ever undertaken by the Department of Defense,” said Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “Its successful implementation represents a significant milestone toward our nation’s security.”
The first ship to be equipped with NGEDS is the USS Fort Worth, currently undergoing sea trials. NGEDS provides the operational bridge between land and sea forces in the Pacific region. NGEDS enhances situational awareness by providing real-time intelligence analysis and visualization tools; supports tactical decision making; enables enhanced engagement of allies; and augments force protection.
The installation of NGEDS is supported by a $1.9 billion enterprise infrastructure investment plan — the largest single investment in information technology across any military department. Through the use of advanced analytics, NGEDS reduces mission risk and optimizes operations among warfighters ashore and afloat.
“NGEDS will allow us to do things we couldn’t do before, and provide us with a much broader capability set than we had previously,” said Col. John A. LeFevre, commander, 5th Computer Network Operations Squadron, US Marine Corps Systems Engineering Activity. “It gives us the means to rapidly analyze, visualize, share, collaborate, and engage with our stakeholders at all levels, from tactical to strategic.”
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The Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Data System (NGEDS) was launched on July 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. NGEDS supports mission-critical business processes across the full spectrum of defense missions, including acquisition and sustainment of combat systems; research and development programs; training; logistics; and cyber operations.
NGEDS is the first major software release since the shipboard variant of Lockheed Martin Cyber Command Information Network Security Systems (CIS2) was installed on USS Ponce (LPD-27) in March 2017.
The launch of NGEDS comes just three months after the Chief of Naval Operations approved the initial operating capability of CYBERCOM.
“The Navy is transforming its data management strategy to meet our current operational environment while preparing for future threats and missions,” said Captain Tim Galligan, director of information technology for the chief of naval operations.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am confident we have the right team and technologies in place to succeed.”
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