The New York Times says Pentagon is going to spend nearly $200 billion on a mostly private network which will provide real time information and imagery to soldiers in the battlefield using satellites and other technologies. Peter Teets, under secretary of the Air Force calls it the “Internet in the sky.” It is interesting to note, that the word Internet has replaced “private networks” like GiG and also in describing voice over internet protocol.
The Pentagon calls the secure network the Global Information Grid, or GIG. Conceived six years ago, its first connections were laid six weeks ago. It may take two decades and hundreds of billions of dollars to build the new war net and its components.
With so much spending at stake, many wonder if it might not be another Stars Wars kind of pie-in-the-sky scheme, obsolete when its ready to be deployed. In the past, Pentagon build a Worldwide Military Command and Control System in the 1960’s, but that system often did not work in times of trouble. Its successor Milstar that cost $25 billion, was completed in 2003 after two decades of work.
Pentagon officials say it is already outdated: more switchboard than server, more dial-up than broadband, it cannot support 21st-century technology.
3 thoughts on “Building the GiG Network”
GigBe and Level3 go together like Skibare and Voip Opportunity–and you WONDER why I think Level3 being the WINNER of GigBe will be the long term winner of the future??????????
200 Billion over 10 years is alot of coin for somebody…….give me 2% per year of that PIE in the SKY Internet/voip/ip /satellite WAR CHEST and I am home free!
Skibare is the class clown when it comes to VoIP technology. He has no credibility and is a known liar.
Check out the Yahoo Level 3 Message board for tidbits of his wisdom.
Its good for a laugh.
If anyone is going to get a major piece of GIGBE is will be a company that already lost part of it once. Corvis was passed over for less expensive Cienna transport. Corvis wanted to go 40 GBS. Everyone else was happy with 10. So Corvis went off and bought Broadwing. Then Focal. Operating now as Broadwing, Corvis has a faster network today, than GiGBE will have when its done.
Watch Uncle Sam outsource to Broadwing, from day one.