The Department of Defense is taking the first steps to implement the new Comprehensive Information Infrastructure for Defense (I3D), as we analyzed in September. This new communication network has to cover the entire national territory, so a contract was signed to use it on the so-called Spanish territories in North Africa.
The places of the Spanish sovereign in North Africa include the so-called main squares (Ceuta and Melilla) and the secondary squares, which are composed of the islands and peons off the north coast of Morocco, in particular the Chafarinas Islands, the Alhucemas Islands and the Feather of Vlez de la Gomera. The island of Alborn, technically part of the Almera district, is also included in the tender.
The contract of the Directorate General for Infrastructure of the Ministry of Defense provides for the adaptation of the capacities of islands and peasants for CIS (communication and information systems) and ICT (information and communication technologies) to the information infrastructure for defense (I3D). This program has been negotiated with advertising and urgently worked on as it is badly needed. It was awarded to the Spanish company Inster Tecnologa y Comunicaciones for 566,188.05 euros.
Because this is such an important program, the Prescribing Technical Specifications (PPT) are not available as they are confidential. However, the contract relates to the delivery, installation, configuration and testing of the system on the aforementioned islands of Alborn, Chafarinas and Alborn and in the Pen de Vlez de la Gomera. Among other things, Inster will be responsible for the cabling of the various facilities, satellite communication antennas and communication centers (Cecom), including the fencing of the sites.
An urgent need
Last September, we analyzed the start of the tender to formalize a framework agreement for the implementation of the telecommunications access networks of the Ministry of Defense’s Integral Information Infrastructure (I3D) for 33.4 million euros. In July, the Council of Ministers approved the conclusion of this three-year framework agreement at the stated estimated value. By and large, this tender includes the supply, installation, configuration and commissioning of the network electronics, security and Internet Protocol (IP) telephone equipment, and the supply and installation of structured cables in accordance with the provisions of the Global Architecture of Information and Communication Systems and Technologies of the Ministry of Defense (AG CIS / TIC).
Because of its strategic nature, Department of Defense information must be reliable, accessible and adequately protected. To achieve this, Strategic Axis 1 (EE.1) was established to work towards a single Comprehensive Defense Information Infrastructure (I3D) managed by CESTIC. This axis is developed in the Department of Defense Information and Communication Systems and Technologies Strategic Plan (PECIS). The strategic objective OE 1.1 is again included in relation to the design and provision of the I3D functions for the telecommunications infrastructure, which also include telecommunications access networks.
The services of this I3D are influenced by the concept of employment of the Joint Forces of the Chief of Staff of Defense (JEMAD), by the operational needs of the armies, and by the essential services of national defense in the networks and systems of political consultation, transmission of classified information, governance and sectoral Administration. As a further development of the above-mentioned CIS / ICT policy through instruction 58/2016 of October 28 of the Secretary of State for Defense the global architecture of information and communication systems and technologies of the Ministry of Defense (AG CIS / ICT), in which all capacities of the Ministry of Defense are based identified and described at a high level. The operational capabilities are supported by the CIS / TIC capabilities (CIS / TIC devices and services), which must also meet the identified operational goals and requirements.
Progress is being made towards a common infrastructure that provides all telecommunications services, the Defense Comprehensive Information Infrastructure or I3D mentioned above. Telecommunications infrastructure functions include telecommunications services, which in turn include transmission services and telecommunications access services.
Telecommunication access services include multimedia access services, which include voice access services, which are services for the delivery or exchange of voice over packets, frames, circuitry, or access to a digital connection through adaptation (encoding and) compression ) and packet-based access services that enable the provision or exchange of data (including digitized video and voice) encapsulated in IP packets. Finally, after a transition period, all specific defense and national security services must have migrated to the new I3D network operated by the Ministry of Defense. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: The spring of Alhucemas as seen from the P-74 Atalaya (Navy) high altitude patrol boat
High altitude patrol boat ‘Infanta Cristina’ in Chafarinas (Navy)
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