Under the umbrella of the National Security Agency Electronic Key Management System, the Army Key Management System (AKMS) provides tactical units and sustaining bases with an organic-key generation capability and an efficient, secure electronic key distribution means. AKMS consists of three subcomponents: Local Communications Security (COMSEC) Management Software (LCMS), Automated Communications Engineering Software (ACES) and Simple Key Loader (SKL). The system introduces capabilities and processes to transform operations from manual to secure automated distribution of keys and firmware directly to Information Assurance devices.
AKMS expands operations to DoD’s unclassified network to reach a broader DoD customer base as well as to NATO and coalition users to support combatant commanders’ needs. Additionally, the system offers flexibility and agility to support dynamic communities of interest.
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER:
AKMS provides a system for distribution of COMSEC, electronic protection and Signal Operating Instructions (SOI) information from the planning level to the point of use in support of current, interim and objective forces at division and brigade levels.