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FAA Enterprise Network Services Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently in the acquisition-planning phase for the FAA Enterprise Network Services Program — the successor to the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program that provides the majority of the communications services used by the agency today. The FTI contract was awarded in 2002 with a 15-year period of performance, including options. In 2013, the FAA announced its intent to extend the contract on a single source basis for five more years (FY2018-FY2022).

FAA Enterprise Network Services Program is planning to be a competitive acquisition that will provide highly available and secure communications, information services, and networking capabilities vital to National Airspace System (NAS) operations and agency administration. The FAA Enterprise Network Services Program is intended to provide a cost-effective means for obtaining the required services by leveraging commercial communications infrastructure and emerging technologies. With a current inventory of over 26,000 telecommunications services, transition may require multiple years to plan, install, test, and put into operation. The FAA's requirements are continual and not bound by the contractual end dates. At present, the FAA intends to award one or more long term service contracts that will provide the FAA with highly available and secure communications, information services, and networking capabilities to meet its complex, demanding, and evolving requirements. The FAA Enterprise Network Services Program timeline shows the major milestones in the program's development.

FAA Enterprise Network Services Program Overview

As articulated in The Future of the NAS [1], the FAA is evolving towards the full integration of National Airspace System (NAS) data, systems and people. Future FAA systems and the associated operational concepts will rely on the distribution of information to accomplish this goal. It is expected that full integration will provide resiliency and decision-making that is enabled by the improved access to information [1].

The FAA expects that the FAA Enterprise Network Services Program will comprise one or more service-based contracts in which the contractor will be responsible for the design, provisioning, integration, operation, and maintenance of the FAA Enterprise Network Services Program network, services, and operational support systems. FAA Enterprise Network Services Program will encompass all required system resources to support FAA-defined telecommunications and information management service needs terminated at Service Delivery Points (SDPs) within FAA facilities and required field locations.

The FAA envisions that FAA Enterprise Network Services Program will support the following objectives:

  • Maintain the high levels of availability, survivability, security, and performance that are required for NAS mission critical applications.
  • Provide dynamic service provisioning capabilities, flexibility, and seamless user experience related to specifying and ordering services.
  • Provide insight and visibility into the network service configuration and operations.
  • Support evolution to future technologies to benefit both NAS and Administrative users.
  • Manage transition and lifecycle network costs for both NAS and FAA Administrative users.

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References

[1]   “The Future of the NAS,” Federal Aviation Administration,
https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/media/futureOfTheNAS.pdf (PDF), Accessed 30 August 2017

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