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JITC LABS
Updated: 9/9/2016 1:18:31 PM
JITC LABS OVERVIEW

JITC provides a wide array of labs focusing on the interoperability of communications systems, routers, PKI certificates, satellites, and waveforms to name a few. JITC Labs support the Warfighter by supporting a number of core functions within their respective areas of focus. Support includes emulating command environments, ensuring conformance to standards, and testing, evaluation, and certification of systems.

ADVANCED IP TECHNOLOGY LAB
DRSN
EKMS
HFTF
JISR-TE
MFL
PKI
PKI-OTE
STRATEGIC SWITCHING LAB
UHF SATCOM

(Explore any of the different JITC Labs to the left for more information.)

ADVANCED INTERNET PROTOCOL TECHNOLOGY LAB

The purpose of the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) Advanced Internet Protocol (IP) Technology Laboratory is to assist the Department of Defense (DOD) successfully migrate to IPv6 while maintaining existing IPv4 interoperability. DOD has tasked the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), JITC's parent command, to ensure that DOD IPv6 fielding is coordinated, does not duplicate efforts within DOD and does not introduce interoperability and information assurance risks. DISA will acquire, manage, allocate, and control necessary IPv6 address space for the DOD. DISA and the Joint Staff, with participation of DOD components and Services, is developing a transition plan leading to full IPv6 implementation by FY 08.

Since it has the capability to replicate most strategic and tactical joint architectures, JITC, as the information technology and national security systems testing and certification arm of the DOD/DISA, established the Advanced IP Technology Laboratory. In the Lab, Program Managers, acquisition agents and vendors are provided a matrix of equipment and operating systems to conduct IPv6 research, development, testing and evaluation during joint and combined exercises. Access to the laboratory has encouraged vendors to incorporate interoperability in the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 involving general military applications.

As DOD's sole interoperability certification authority, JITC tests all DOD information technology and national security systems for interoperability. Since it has the capability to replicate most strategic and tactical joint architectures, JITC, as the certification arm of the DOD, established the Advanced IP Technology Laboratory. In the laboratory, Program Managers, acquisition agents and vendors are provided a matrix of equipment and operating systems to conduct IP research, development, testing and evaluation in both US-only and coalition architectures. Access to the laboratory has encouraged vendors to incorporate interoperability in the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 involving general military applications.

DEFENSE RED SWITCH NETWORK (DRSN)

Background:

The mission of the DRSN is to provide the National Command Authority (NCA), the National Military Command Center (NMCC), Combatant Commander Command Centers, Warfighters, and other critical DoD and federal activities with reliable, secure, interoperable Command and Control and crisis management capabilities. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) DRSN Program Manager's Office coordinated with the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) to establish the DISA DRSN Testbed at the JITC in order to conduct test and evaluation of software, firmware, and hardware for the DRSN community. Other testing is conducted on a space available basis with JITC's expenses reimbursed by the customer.

Objectives:

  • Assess contractual compliance

  • Assure network wide interoperability

  • Identify and reduce the number and severity of problems in the DRSN

  • Provide support for DRSN Operations and Maintenance (O&M) training

  • Expert technical support for DRSN community

JITC's Effort:

  • Beta and interoperability testing of all new hardware, software and firmware

  • Technical support to operational sites

  • Joint Training Facility

  • On-site assistance as requested by the DRSN PM

  • Support O&M training courses

  • Provide technical assistance as requested

Milestones:

  • Enhanced Command Consoles operational with Digital Small Switch and Secure Digital Switch platforms

  • Universal Digital Loop Transceivers Multiplexers (UMUX) now available

  • Testbed modernized with two new deployable Digital Small Switches

  • Twenty-four O&M classes to date have been completed

DRSN Testbed

The DRSN testbed is currently used for switch software beta testing, interoperability testing, and switch operations and maintenance training.

JITC NETWORKS, TRANSMISSIONS, AND INTEGRATION DIVISION ELECTRONIC KEY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EKMS)

The EKMS is a National Security Agency (NSA) effort to electronically provide communications security (COMSEC) material and provide a logistics support system consisting of interoperable Department, Agency or Organization (DAO) key management systems. One EKMS objective is to supply electronic keys to COMSEC accounts and devices in a secure and timely manner. The EKMS provides COMSEC material managers with automated support tools for tracking and managing COMSEC key material, key generation, key distribution, and key accounting.

As an independent DoD testing agent for NSA, the JITC conducts, witnesses, and reports on numerous testing efforts conducted on the EKMS system and its hardware and software components. The EKMS testing, performed at JITC, ensures system interoperability among the unique systems developed by the Services, Agencies, and Allies to satisfy their internal COMSEC key requirements. The JITC has established an EKMS test bed to support the NSA objectives for conformance and interoperability of all EKMS components.

The JITC recently supported the internal NSA Central Facility Operational Test and Evaluation and the Local Management Device/Key Processor (LMD/KP) Conformance Test. Future JITC testing will concentrate on an EKMS end-to-end interoperability assessment, which will ensure that the EKMS system is ready for its Phase 4 Pilot Fielding in the first quarter FY 2001 and Full Operational Capability in the second quarter FY 2001.

The JITC will continue to test EKMS system upgrades and new technologies, such as Key Management Infrastructure (KMI) products, the Data Transfer Device (DTD) 2000, and any other upgrades involving the distribution and management of electronic key material.

EKMS POINTS OF CONTACT
Email:
Commercial Phone:
(520) 538-5202/5076
DSN Phone:
879-5202/5076
HIGH FREQUENCY TEST FACILITY (HFTF)

Background:

The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) High Frequency Test Facility (HFTF) is responsible for supporting a number of core functions of the Battlespace Communications Portfolio's (JTE) Missions and Responsibilities. The HFTF operates not only the Conformance and Interoperability Laboratories, but a fully functional HF radio facility.

Mission:

To support the DoD's C4I goals by providing Test, Evaluation, Assessment, and Certification services for the Joint Staff (JS), Commanders-in-Chief (CINC's), Joint Task Forces (JTF's), Services, Agencies, Allies, and Private Industry.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Certification and Compliance Testing

  • Interoperability Testing

  • Standards Verification

  • Over-the-Air Testing

  • Warfighter Support

HFTF Military Standard Certification Register:

HFTF Military Standard Certification Register

HFTF POINT OF CONTACT
JTE3 Branch Chief:
(520) 538-5362
JOINT INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, & RECONNAISSANCE (ISR) TEST & EVALUATION (JISR-TE) FACILITY

To meet the needs of the Warfighter, the JISR-TE facility provides the US, NATO, and Coalition members standards conformance testing of imagery capabilities across the enterprise ranging from sensor systems, to ground stations, to processing applications, to imagery libraries, to imagery guards, to exploitation workstations. These standards have become ever more critical as ISR capabilities have become prolific across the battlefield, from space, from air, from ground, and from water with exponential increases in diversity, complexity, and production.

The JISR-TE Facility provides standards conformance testing and certification for Common Data Link (CDL) (STANAG 7085), National Imagery Transmission Standards (NITFS) (MIL-STD-2500/STANAG 4545), NATO Advanced Data Storage Interface (NADSI) (STANAG 4575), Moving Target Indicator Standards (MTI) (STANAG 4607); plus test support in related interface and imagery standards (e.g. STANAG 4559, GeoTiff, etc.). Connect to the following links below for further information:

In addition, we develop community test measures (e.g. procedures, software, and data); provide test customers with requirements analyses, design validation, compliance assessments, compliance tests, and issuance of compliance registration certificates; and support the GWG Focus Groups and NSG community with subject matter expertise on standards development, validation, interpretation, and implementation.

JISR-TE FACILITY POINTS OF CONTACT
NITFS/MTI Action Officer:
(520) 538-1907
CDL/NADSI Action Officer:
(520) 533-4794
MULTI-FUNCTION LABORATORY

The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) Multi-Function Laboratory (MFL) conducts distributed end-to-end testing to determine the extent Integrated Broadcast Service-Network Services (IBS-NS) and Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) consumer and producer systems satisfy Service-level Information Exchange Requirements (IER) and system data exchanges as identified in IBS and system requirements documents. The JITC MFL conducts laboratory-based standards conformance testing to determine system compliance with Military Standard (MIL-STD) 6018 Common Message Format (CMF), MIL-STD-6020 Tactical Data Link (TDL)/CMF forwarding, and CMF/Legacy translation rules.

The JITC MFL is a cross-functional organizational testbed that maintains Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information, Secret, and Unclassified networks and test domains. The MFL infrastructure includes federated connectivity enabling network-based distributed testing as well as isolated network and workstation capabilities. The MFL also maintains a suite of operationally fielded tactical terminals and Tactical Data Processors (TDP) to enable Over-the-Air distributed testing.

The MFL can actively and responsively connect to both operational Global IBS Network Servers (GINS) (East and West), the four Combatant Command Theater Interface Nodes (TIN), Exercise and Operational Communications, the Continental United States Common Interactive Broadcast (CIB) network, and emerging Integrated Broadcast Service-Alternate Path (IBS-A) networks as producers or consumers (as applicable) to support end-to-end interoperability tests and exercise/test support. The MFL can also interface with test networks when available and as necessary.

MFL POINT OF CONTACT
MFL IBS Support Action Officer:
(520) 538-1720
MFL IBS Support Contract Lead:
(520) 538-5137
IBS Executive Agent (EA) Enterprise Test Manager / JITC Support Manager:

(520) 538-0247
PUBLIC KEY INFRASTRUCTURE (PKI)

Common Access Card (CAC)  Enterprise Testing Overview:

  • Established in 2003

  • Performs test and evaluations of the DOD PKI CAC issuance systems from an enterprise level all the way down to the component level

  • Provides formal testing on newly released Certification Authorities (CAs) or major upgrades to existing CAs

  • Provides testing and support on the Automated System Monitoring (ASM) delivered to JITC December 2004

  • Provide testing and support on the Robust Certificate Validation Services (RCVS) delivered to JITC in January 2005

  • Provide testing and support on the Coalition PKI delivered to JITC in October 2008

Global Directory Services (GDS)  Overview:

The GDS JITC Arizona Test Lab core mission is to provide testing support to IA42 Directory Services Branch and its customers as part of DISA GDS Program via a lab that is an exact replica of the Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECC) deployed operational GDS system.

The GDS JITC Arizona Test directly supports the GDS with operational configuration management and independent verification and validation testing of deploying GDS system and components.

JITC GDS provides NIPRNET based testing community an enterprise-wide PKI directory service that distributes Certificate Revocation Lists (CRL) and email public key encrypted certificates generated from the JITC PKI Program Management Office (PMO) test Certificate Authority (CA).

Public Key-Enabled (PKE)  Application Testing Overview:

Applications must be enabled to take advantage of the services a PKI offers. Without enabled applications, the infrastructure holds little value. It is essential that applications become enabled and utilize the infrastructure. However, enabling is a complicated task. Applications must be tested to ensure they are enabled correctly, and are interoperable with the DoD PKI.

The certification process is based on a master test plan containing all DoD PKE requirements and associated tests. This plan is used as a guideline for testing individual applications. Each PKE application is different and takes advantage of various DoD PKI services; therefore all the DoD PKE requirements may or may not be applicable to every application. JITC works individually with each application to analyze and determine which of the requirements and corresponding tests apply.

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)  Overview:

The JITC PKI Test Certificate Lab provides test certificate services in support of DoD and commercial partners to help successfully deploy a fully interoperable PKI. The lab was established by DISA and the PKI PMO as the official test facility for the issuance of DoD PKI test certificates.

The JITC PKI enclave mirrors the configuration of the operational PKI enclaves at the Defense Enterprise Computer Centers (DECCs) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. This allows testing, development, and training to occur in an environment separate from the operational infrastructure yet with the same functionality. All software used by DoD PKI is tested at JITC before being installed at the DECCs. Configuration Management of the JITC PKI enclave is coordinated with the PKI PMO.

Customers of the PKI Lab include:

  • Commercial and government developers testing their products

  • Services and agencies training system administrators and end users

  • JITC PKI test engineer performing application interoperability certification testing

  • Commercial vendors demonstrating their products' interoperability with the DoD PKI
PUBLIC KEY INFRASTRUCTURE (PKI) OPERATIONAL TEST & EVALUATION (OT&E)

PKI OT&E  Program Description:

The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is the framework and services that provide for the generation, production, distribution, control, revocation, recovery, and tracking of public key certificates and their corresponding private keys. It supports the ability of PK-enabled applications and devices to identify and authenticate individual users, devices, or processes; to provide source authentication and integrity protection for information transactions; to establish end-to-end encrypted channels between PKI subscribers; and to provide information confidentiality. This program is being developed incrementally with each increment containing multiple spirals.

JITC Services:

JITC is providing Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E), Net Readiness-Key Performance Parameter (NR-KPP), and Information Assurance (IA) services for the PKI program. Potential NR-KPP/IA/OT&E test locations include the Defense Enterprise Computing Centers in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Lackland AFB, Texas; San Diego, California; multiple Agencies in the National Capitol Region; and Quantico, Virginia.

PKI OT&E POINTS OF CONTACT
Commercial Phone:
(520) 538-5175
DSN Phone:
879-5175
NETWORKS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND UNIFIED CAPABILITIES DIVISION (JTE) STRATEGIC SWITCHING LAB

Purpose: To test components of:

  • Defense Switching Network (DSN)

  • Defense Red Switch Network (DRSN)

  • Defense Information System Network (DISN)

JITC has a mission requirement to support the directives of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI 6251.01), which mandates that JITC certify/assess Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM) terminals and UHF SATCOM channel controllers to conform to all UHF SATCOM waveform requirements contained within the UHF SATCOM Military Standards, MIL-STD-188-181/182/183/184/185/186 series, to include all MIL-STD revisions, MIL-STD change notices, draft MIL-STD revisions, draft MIL-STD change notices, applicable UHF SATCOM Waveform interface requirement documents, and future UHF SATCOM MIL-STDs under development.

The UHF SATCOM Waveforms are: Legacy Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA), Integrated Waveform (IW) Phase 1, IW Phase 2, Common Interactive Broadcast (CIB) Waveform, Legacy DAMA and IW Data Controller Waveform, Legacy DAMA Channel Controller Waveform, and IW Channel Controller Waveform.

JITC has established and maintains UHF SATCOM Certification Test Services to support the directives of the CJCSI 6251.01. Upon completion of successful testing of a SATCOM Terminal configuration, JITC issues a Standard Conformance Test (SCT) or Waveform Conformance Test (WCT) Certification letter. If the UHF SATCOM system, channel controller or data controller fails to meet all MIL-STD and waveform requirements, JITC issues a SCT or WCT Assessment letter. These certification and assessment letters are referenced by the Joint Staff (JS), with delegated support from the US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), to determine eligibility of UHF SATCOM terminals for live access to the UHF satellite constellation and network.

  • Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

  • Military Combatant Commander

  • Other DOD Agencies

  • Commercial Vendors
ULTRA HIGH FREQUENCY (UHF) SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS (SATCOM) TEST FACILITY

UHF SATCOM  Program Description:

JITC has a mission requirement to support the directives of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI 6251.01), which mandates that JITC certify/assess Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM) terminals and UHF SATCOM channel controllers to conform to all UHF SATCOM waveform requirements contained within the UHF SATCOM Military Standards, MIL-STD-188-181/182/183/184/185/186 series, to include all MIL-STD revisions, MIL-STD change notices, draft MIL-STD revisions, draft MIL-STD change notices, applicable UHF SATCOM Waveform interface requirement documents, and future UHF SATCOM MIL-STDs under development.

The UHF SATCOM Waveforms are: Legacy Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA), Integrated Waveform (IW) Phase 1, IW Phase 2, Common Interactive Broadcast (CIB) Waveform, Legacy DAMA and IW Data Controller Waveform, Legacy DAMA Channel Controller Waveform, and IW Channel Controller Waveform.

JITC has established and maintains UHF SATCOM Certification Test Services to support the directives of the CJCSI 6251.01. Upon completion of successful testing of a SATCOM Terminal configuration, JITC issues a Standard Conformance Test (SCT) or Waveform Conformance Test (WCT) Certification letter. If the UHF SATCOM system, channel controller or data controller fails to meet all MIL-STD and waveform requirements, JITC issues a SCT or WCT Assessment letter. These certification and assessment letters are referenced by the Joint Staff (JS), with delegated support from the US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), to determine eligibility of UHF SATCOM terminals for live access to the UHF satellite constellation and network.

UHF SATCOM Waveform Registers:


UHF SATCOM POINT OF CONTACT
JTE3 Branch Chief:
(520) 538-5362