DESCRIPTION:

The Communications Security (COMSEC) Cryptographic Systems Program procures, tests and fields COMSEC solutions to secure the Army’s Tactical and Enterprise Networks. It is not a program of record, and therefore has no ACAT level; however, if it were, it would rival many ACAT III programs due to its overall lifecycle cost. New and emerging architectures, and DoD and Army policy, are driving the need to replace the current inventory with technologically advanced, network-centric, global-information-compliant devices. The new devices will
incorporate Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Joint Requirements Oversight Council-directed cryptographic standardization, advanced key management and network-centric performance capabilities.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER:

The Cryptographic Systems Program enables the Army to equip the force with critical cryptographic solutions and services during peacetime, wartime and contingency operations.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Inline Network Encryptor (INE) Family: Encryption systems that provide secure data and voice communications over Internet Protocol (IP) networks
  • Link and Trunk Encryptor Family (LEF): Encryption systems that provide secure data and voice communication over point-to-point wideband data links
  • Secure Voice Family: Encryption systems that provide secure voice and limited data communications over unsecured IP and public-switched telephone networks
  • Inline Media Encryptor Family: Encryption systems that provide secure data encryption capabilities for data at rest
  • Embedded Cryptographic Modernization Initiative: Retrofit of existing systems with embedded cryptographic capability ensures that they will be able to accept and utilize modern keying material; commercial solutions for classified commercially available products that when used together in a layered fashion are approved by the National Security Agency for protecting classified information

PROGRAM STATUS

FY13-FY14:

  • Pursued and executed upon the Army Airborne Secure Voice requirement
  • FY13-FY15:

  • Continued modernization of INE, LEF and secure voice devices
  • Continuation of the Armywide Cryptographic Network Standardization effort

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

1QFY17:

  • Embedded COMSEC Modernization Production Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • KOV-21 Replacement Cryptographic Card Production and Support Services RFP
  • FY16-FY17:

  • Continued procurement and fielding of COMSEC Encryption Modernization Hardware

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

None

CONTRACTORS

  • General Dynamics Communication Systems (Needham, MA)
  • Harris Corp. (Palm Bay, FL)
  • L3 Communications (Camden, NJ)
  • SafeNet (Columbia, MD)
  • ViaSat, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA)

PEO

PEO-C3T