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Level 3 to provide network services to USAF’s distributed mission operation network

13 March 2014

USAF DMON

Level 3 Communications has been awarded a contract to provide network services for the US Air Force's (USAF) distributed mission operation network (DMON).

The contract was awarded by Northrop Grumman as part of the $490m DMON 2.0 contract received from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) in July 2013.

Level 3 Communication East Region Enterprise and Government Markets senior vice-president Edward Morche said the Level 3 network is incorporated into the distributed training solutions Northrop provides to the air force.

"The US Air Force benefits from the global reach and low-latency performance of the Level 3 network to deliver the highest-quality training experience and realise efficiencies across various training networks and programs both in the United States and abroad," Morche said.

Northrop Grumman USAF Distributed Mission Operations Network program manager Lisa Harris said, "Level 3 will provide fully redundant and secure, global network connectivity for the US Air Force to conduct virtual training for pilots with the most advanced equipment and scenarios to ensure combat readiness."

Level 3 has to date connected more than 50 sites worldwide as part of DMON, which includes mission training and network operations centres that transmit high-resolution images and training communications in real-time to enable USAF to conduct virtual combat training.

"The Level 3 network is incorporated into the distributed training solutions Northrop provides to the air force."

Specifically, the DMON networks geographically separated USAF mission training centres (MTCs), development and test sites, and combat air force DMO hubs to prepare soldiers for a range of combat operations, such as in-air refuelling exercises, in both joint and coalition environments.

In addition to this, the simulator provides multi-platform training for remote squadrons, dramatically increasing mission success rates and reducing mission incidents.

Level 3 has been providing Northrop with network services, such as Ethernet Private Line and Dedicated Internet Access under the initial DMON contract, announced in 2003.


Image: US airmen flying in F-15 C/E simulators at the Distributed Mission Operations Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, US. Photo: courtesy of Nellis Air Force Base.

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