Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System [JWICS ]
The Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System [JWICS] is JWICS is a 24 hour a day network designed to meet the requirements for secure (TS/SCI) multi-media intelligence communications worldwide. JWICS replaces the DDN DSNET3 as the Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) component of the Defense Information System Network (DISN). It provides DODIIS users a SCI level high-speed multimedia network using high-capacity communications to handle data, voice, imagery, and graphics.
The system uses JDISS as its primary means of operator interface and display. In much the same way as ASAS, JWICS is an evolutionary system. The JWICS program initial or pilot phase established a hub and spoke circuit switched T1 backbone for point-to-point and multipoint video teleconferences (VTCS), broadcast of the Defense Intelligence Network (DIN), and variable bandwidth packet switched data communications. The Hybrid JWICS phase removed the DSNET3 PSNS, re-homed the lines to JWICS IP routers, and extended the JWICS to additional sites to form a mesh network. Some sites will have video and data capability on T1 lines, and some sites will have strictly data capability (64 kbps lines). The final phase--Goal JWICS--will replace Hybrid JWICS with a single commercially available technology that can accommodate data, voice, and video. This technology is expected to be asynchronous transfer mode (ATM). JWICS will ride the DISN as an overlay when the DISN acquires T3 lines.
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has directed that all Special Security Offices (SSOs) will install the JWICS.
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