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CHIPS Articles: SSC Atlantic Holds Grand Opening of Network Integration and Engineering Facility

SSC Atlantic Holds Grand Opening of Network Integration and Engineering Facility
By Jerry Sekerak, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic - March 13, 2018
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic announced the grand opening of its new Network Integration and Engineering Facility (NIEF) Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) Pre-Installation, Testing and Checkout (PITCO) Laboratory on Naval Station Norfolk on March 8.

This facility will strengthen the Navy’s efforts as it continues to build Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence (C4I) capabilities afloat and ashore.

The NIEF is the new home for SSC Atlantic’s primary CANES pre-installation and application integration. CANES is the Program of Record (POR) system fielded on U.S. Navy ships, submarines and shore sites.

These systems give the warfighter a single system, multiple enclaves (NIPR, SIPR, Secret Releasable and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)) in a scalable network system capable of intra-ship and off-ship Internet Protocol (IP)-based capability, which includes network services such as email and web-browsing, as well as hosting multiple unclassified and classified administrative, supply and warfighting capabilities.

The facility provides full production capability with power and HVAC to conduct four simultaneous CANES initial pre-installation tasks, and the capacity to simultaneously build up to two Force Level and two Unit Level systems totaling more than 200 racks, including all associated peripheral provisioning.

The NIEF is uniquely flexible, with power bus bars that can be reconfigured to support different mixes of Force Level, Unit Level, and Tech Refresh configurations. The design supports hardware post-production modifications with workspace, software pre-load, Application Integration (AI) and the 440/3phase power requirement for CANES Hardware 1.2.

The SSC Atlantic NIEF consists of four laboratories, significantly increasing CANES integration and engineering capacity from the previously utilized commercial facility. This increases capacity for initial system builds and tech refresh, and supports the fiscal year 18-21 fielding plan.

The SSC Atlantic NIEF PITCO team performs all logistics, government acceptance testing, post-production modifications and initial hardware and software configurations on bare metal systems delivered from vendors building CANES ship sets from the technical data packages (TDPs). The team’s initial pre-installation effort is vital to ensure a maximum amount of activities are conducted at the shore site prior to shipboard installation. This environment provides an opportunity for applications to be preloaded in a stable shore environment that significantly reduces the time required for ship board installation.

The PITCO provides direct feedback, redlines and improvements to CANES engineering which allows timely fixes to be applied to a specific baseline prior to shipboard installation. In addition, the team provides hardware and software technicians to conduct the on-ship system technical refresh.

Sailors are invited to participate in the pre-installation and configurations of their CANES ship set at this facility. This reinforces formalized training and gives hands-on access to their new system with direct access to subject matter experts while they build and configure the multiple racks and enclaves, thus taking ownership of their systems.

The SSC Atlantic NIEF is the cornerstone of a comprehensive facility and resource strategy that fully supports the increase in quantity and complexity of installs and the maintainability of CANES systems. Collocated with the majority of the Atlantic Fleet ships and submarines and the Regional Maintenance Center (RMC), the SSC Atlantic NIEF increases daily interaction with fleet and maintenance activities.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test , deployment, and sustainment of interoperable Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Cyber and Information Technology (IT) capabilities that enable information warfare for national defense and perform other functions as directed by higher authority.

(Left to Right) Jack Knight (PMW-160 CANES Deployment Asst. Program Manager); Capt. Scott Heller (SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Commanding Officer); Charlie Adams (C4I/Fleet Readiness Director); and Capt. Kurt Rothenhaus (PMW-160) cut the ribbon to officially open the new Network Integration and Engineering Facility (NIEF) Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Systems (CANES) Pre-installation, Testing and Checkout (PITCO) Laboratory on Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by Jerry Sekerak/Released
(Left to Right) Jack Knight (PMW-160 CANES Deployment Asst. Program Manager); Capt. Scott Heller (SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Commanding Officer); Charlie Adams (C4I/Fleet Readiness Director); and Capt. Kurt Rothenhaus (PMW-160) cut the ribbon to officially open the new Network Integration and Engineering Facility (NIEF) Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Systems (CANES) Pre-installation, Testing and Checkout (PITCO) Laboratory on Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by Jerry Sekerak/Released

(Left to Right) Capt. Scott Heller (SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Commanding Officer), John Radford (CANES Production Manager, Atlantic) and Capt. Kurt Rothenhaus (PMW-160) review a Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Systems (CANES) rack inside the new Network Integration and Engineering Facility (NIEF) Pre-installation, Testing and Checkout (PITCO) Laboratory on Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by Jerry Sekerak/Released
(Left to Right) Capt. Scott Heller (SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Commanding Officer), John Radford (CANES Production Manager, Atlantic) and Capt. Kurt Rothenhaus (PMW-160) review a Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Systems (CANES) rack inside the new Network Integration and Engineering Facility (NIEF) Pre-installation, Testing and Checkout (PITCO) Laboratory on Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by Jerry Sekerak/Released
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