DVIDS – News – Eglin team project aims for significant increase in bandwidth

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Few people enjoy the traffic, and even fewer sit idly by in a traffic jam. At Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, it’s congested data highways and digital traffic jams that delay optimal operations that push Lt. Col. Kyle Kremer and his team into action.

A native of Windham, New Hampshire, Kremer is director of operations for the 45th Test Squadron. He and his team, as one of eight finalists in the 2022 Air Force Mission Support and Installation Center Innovation Rodeo, propose an off-the-shelf network that would reduce congestion of data by providing dedicated lane speeds of up to 800 gigabits per second.

Kremer provided insight into the need for an increased transportation route and his thoughts on representing the Network Bandwidth Expansion-Eglin team in San Antonio as a finalist.

Q: What is the name of your idea?
Network Bandwidth Extension – Eglin or NBE-E

Q: What is the problem you are solving?
The three-base enterprise in Eglin, Florida, which includes Eglin, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field, is limited to a shared 10 Gbps transport layer. Sharing this relatively small transport layer hinders their digital transformation initiative and the establishment of cloud-based testing tools and data analytics capabilities. Data throughput is limited or results in a cumbersome and expedient manual process to share data and information between organizations.

Q: What is your solution to this problem?
Our solution is to install commercially available network switches over the existing Eglin optical transport layer to initially connect 18 test and acquisition organizations across 43 sites. Customers will no longer share a 10 Gbps network or manually transport terabytes of data. Instead, they will receive a dedicated data transport lane, ranging from 10 Gbps to 800 Gbps, to share data in near real time.

Q: How did you come up with the idea?
To meet the future needs of the Air Force and the Department of Defense, the 96th Cyberspace Test Group realized that networks do not allow moving forward with joint command and control of all domains and avionics cyber-tests. After working with the 96th Communications Squadron, we realized that many agencies and stakeholders had similar requirements and were working individually to resolve the issue.

It was clear that Eglin’s Acquire, Test, and Operate community needed model-based systems engineering, numerical engineering, and modeling, simulation, and reporting capability. fully integrated analytics on a common digital ecosystem. To achieve the above, a collaborative effort between the 96th Cyberspace Test Group and the 96th CS established a small team to identify stakeholder needs and develop a technical solution that could transfer large amounts of data and leverage of the existing infrastructure. NBE-E is the result.

Q. How will your idea help the Air Force provide facilities and mission support capabilities, improve facilities, or better support families?
The end state provides the Eglin Enterprise, an equivalent of nine wings/wings and a base of 35 units, the ability to share large amounts of test, modeling and program data in near real time. In addition, NBE-E enhances secure high-speed big data transfers, analytics, web services access, communications and connectivity for cyber, electronic warfare, radio frequency, weapons and weapons testing. new generation.

Q. How does it feel to be selected as a finalist for the 2022 Innovation Rodeo?
It is an honor to be selected as a finalist and to represent the NBE-E team who have worked extremely hard over the past year to overcome technical, cost and schedule challenges to make NBE-E a reality in Eglin.

Q. You will spend a week in San Antonio, learning from leading innovators, collaborating with industry partners, and networking with peers, leaders, and innovation teams. What do you hope to take away from this experience?
Continually learning new things is one of my personal passions. The opportunity to meet and collaborate with other military and industry peers and leaders who like to think outside the box is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to taking this opportunity and learning how to refine and present an idea in a short time.

Q: Why do you think innovation and a culture change that empowers Airmen and Custodians is important in today’s air and space forces?
I like the saying, work smarter, not harder. We not only need to work smarter, but also faster to respond to an ever-changing environment. There is a solution to everything, and it’s important that we empower our Airmen and Guardians to think outside the box, innovate, and contribute to the problem-solving process.

Q: Is there anything you would like to add?
I want to acknowledge and thank the NBE-E team for all their hard work. We are a small team of people who didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and are still finding ways to make NBE-E a reality.

The 2022 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo will air live on August 19. For more information on the rodeo, visit https://www.afimsc.af.mil/innovationrodeo/.

Date taken: 08.08.2022
Date posted: 08.08.2022 15:00
Story ID: 426796
Location: WE
Hometown: WINDHAM, New Hampshire, USA

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