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Contingency/disaster recovery planning for transmission systems of the Defense Information System Network

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6 Author(s)
D. R. Smith ; Defense Inf. Syst. Agency, Reston, VA, USA ; W. J. Cybrowski ; F. Zawislan ; D. Arnstein
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The paper provides recommendations for the enhancement and protection of the Defense Information System Network (DISN) for disaster recovery and contingencies. The DISN is a worldwide Defense Department network designed to serve consolidated and integrated communication requirements of the defense services and agencies. The ability to recover from disasters and allow for contingencies must be inherent in the design of this network. Basic design aspects of the DISN are described, along with several complementary programs for disaster recovery planning being implemented by the Office of the Manager, National Communications System (OMNCS). Both hostile and nonhostile threats are examined to set the stage for recommendations that follow. Techniques for disaster and contingency preparedness are described that will improve DISN survivability and disaster recovery. Specific technologies are considered for provision of independent orderwires and backup transmission systems. An interface device designed for transmission recovery is recommended for both satellite and terrestrial media. Other specific recommendations are made for network management within the various hierarchical levels of DISN management

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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 1 )