President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Report: Next Generation Networks Task Force   [open pdf - 762KB]

"The convergence of wireless, wireline, and Internet Protocol (IP) networks into global Next Generation Networks (NGN) is changing how the Federal Government will meet its needs for national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications today and in the future. The NGN will offer significant improvements for NS/EP communications as bandwidth and software continue to improve, but the transition to the NGN presents challenges for ensuring the security and availability of NS/EP communications. Although the complete network evolution is expected to take many years, the process is well underway. It has become clear that the scale, scope and character of the NGN will fundamentally change the way NS/EP communications are planned for, prioritized, and ultimately delivered. It is critical that this issue be addressed. At the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) XXVII Meeting held on May 19, 2004, the NSTAC Principals requested that a task force be created to address how the Government can meet NS/EP requirements and address emerging threats on the NGN. The Next Generation Networks Task Force (NGNTF) was created to agree upon a high-level description of the NGN's expected network environment or ecosystem, and its interdependencies, on which NS/EP applications will rely; identify NS/EP user requirements for the NGN; outline how these user requirements will be met both in a mature NGN and in the transition phase; describe how end-to-end services will be provisioned; and explain how the interfaces and accountability among network participants and network layers will work; and examine relevant user scenarios and expected cyber threats, and recommend optimal strategies to meet NS/EP user requirements."

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