President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC): Next Generation Networks Task Force: Near Term Recommendations Working Group Report   [open pdf - 262KB]

"As wireless and wireline networks converge and extend their interoperability, global Next Generation Networks (NGN) are forming. This convergence is changing how the Federal Government will meet its needs for national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications. One recent marketplace example of this convergence are phones that can now access an array of web-based services and communicate over Internet Protocol (IP) links to phones on the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). 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 using the NGN. […] At an initial NGNTF meeting of subject matter experts in August 2004, questions from Government stakeholders arose regarding how NS/EP communications would be affected by convergence and the move to the NGN. Of particular interest were efforts that could be taken immediately to preserve or enhance NS/EP communications for the future. To address stakeholder requests to explore those issues, the NGNTF formed the Near Term Recommendations Working Group (NTRWG) to examine near-term opportunities for using existing technology to improve the security and availability of NS/EP communications on converging networks. The NTRWG also looked at areas where Government involvement was needed in the near term because of the immediacy of events-such as NGN standards and systems development activities that may be proceeding without consideration of NS/EP needs."

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