With their initiative, a little shore-side configuration help from NCTAMS LANT, and some creative satellite resourcing from Second Fleet's fleet resources department, the cross-connect concept quickly turned into a standard operating procedure on the East Coast in late 2008 and paved the way for how ADNS Inc IIA ships, like USS Enterprise, can more efficiently manage bandwidth.
ADNS Inc IIA ships, like the Enterprise and other aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships (LHA/LHD), similarly equipped with super high frequency (SHF) satellite communications AN/WSC-6(V)5, or (V)7 terminals capable of supporting dual DSCS data paths, have experienced bandwidth limitations resulting from the inability of the systems to dynamically load balance or dynamically allocate bandwidth.
As a result, ADNS Inc IIA ships will be forced to meet operational commitments with only a single satellite system, DSCS, to support all shipboard IP services.
In the future, cross-connecting DSCS and CBSP will benefit other ADNS Inc IIA ships deploying to 5th and 6th Fleets by providing a means to more efficiently and effectively use allocated bandwidth.
Although this doesn't provide load balancing or solve the problem that ADNS Inc IIA ships experience when given two DSCS leases for IP services, it does provide a means to use the two DSCS leases independently in a cross-connection configuration, or use a combined DSCS and CBSP lease to more effectively manage bandwidth.
The Automated Digital Network System voice team is meeting DISA's requirements by adapting legacy voice circuits for transport using IP-based technologies to both increase bandwidth efficiency and consolidate naval communication pathways across the ADNS network links.
The ADNS voice team introduced the SCIP-IWF as the technological solution capable of coupling legacy telephony products, such as secure terminal equipment and various shipboard telephone switches, to modernized networks capable of servicing a greater number of concurrent calls with more features and at reduced costs in terms of connectivity overhead requirements.
While ADNS transport is a critical element of voice communications modernization, it is complemented by DISA's unified capability requirements, which provide a series of integrated and complementary technical standards and products necessary to meet future Defense Department communications operational and security requirements.