Past and Current System Projects

  • Vandenberg Air Force Base Message Switching
  • Military Messaging
  • Command Email

Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB)
Classified/Unclassified Message Switching Systems (CMSS/UMSS)

CommPower’s long history with Vandenberg AFB continues as the company works to deliver a fouth generation messaging capability:  Classified Message Switching System (CMSS) and Unclassified Message Switching System (UMSS), each of which is a turn-key system based upon CommPower’s CP-XJP (XML/JANAP Portal) and CP-EXP (XML/P772 Portal).

As illustrated below, CMSS and UMSS are identical in construct; each consisting of two subsystems (CP-XJP and CP-EXP) in support of legacy to/from DMS messaging.  Legacy messages from backside users flow into CMSS/UMSS via RS232 Mode I and Mode II channels maintained by the CP-XJP component of each enclave.  For the CMSS enclave, these RS232 channels are protected via cryptography maintained by VAFB Western Test Range (WTR).

Slide2Once within the CMSS/UMSS processing core, the Legacy messages are validated for correctness and analyzed to determine the set of applicable output destinations.  For Legacy destinations, the message will remain within the CP-XJP and simply be “switched” back out thru the derived set of RS232 channels to the appropriate WRT Legacy Subscribers.

For DMS destinations, the CP-XJP will convert the Legacy message into XML/P772 format, after which it will be passed to the adjoining CP-EXP via a local file share operation.

Following reception by the CP-EXP, the XML/P772 message is converted into X.400/P772 ASN.1 format, signed and encrypted via DMS FORTEZZA, and finally transmitted to DMS via a properly protected NIPRNET or SIPRNET connection using a TCP/IP based P1 protocol.

In parallel to the CP-EXP/DMS message exchange via NIPRNET and SIPRNET, both the CP-XJP and the CP-EXP components of CMSS and UMSS perform DMS directory “read” operations to obtain information necessary to convert legacy addresses to DMS addresses (and vice versa).  These directory read requests are carried out over the NIPRNET/SIPRNET using a TCP/IP based LDAP protocol.

For messages received from DMS bound for WRT Legacy Subscribers, the reverse processing path (as described above) is traversed.

The figure below illustrates the hardware architecture of CMSS and UMSS. For purposes of this document, this diagram illustrates the internal versus external boundaries of CMSS/UMSS.  All components NOT contained within the grey circles are internal to CMSS/UMSS.  All components within the grey circles represent connections to external systems/users. 

CLASSIFIED Block Diagram 

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Military Messaging

DMS Program:  Since 1995, CommPower has been a key team member and product supplier to the Defense Message System (DMS) Program (Customer:  Defense Information Systems Agency; Prime Contractor: Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Global Solutions).  Under this program, COTS/GOTS products are integrated to provide High and Medium grade organizational messaging to the entire Department of Defense (DoD) organization as well as partner Services/Agencies.

DMS Commercial Product Supplier: For DMS, CommPower provides and continually maintains 6 products (1,300+ Licenses).  Products provided include:  MFI (with associated SPTT toolset), MLA, CP-EXP, CP-145 (with associated SPTT toolset), CP-XJP, and CP-MMT.

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AMHS Integration: In August 2007, CommPower and Telos formally teamed to provide secure enterprise messaging services throughout the U.S. Government (in association with DMS) and Canada.  For this venture, Telos has integrated CommPower’s CP-EXP (XML Portal) into its web based messaging server to arrive at a seamless enterprise messaging capability (as opposed to a system comprised of separate products).  Each enterprise system is capable of supporting 3,000+ organizations and 15,000+ users.  Most branches of the U.S. Armed Forces utilize this capability for their organizational messaging.

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Command Email

Next generation Command Email is here! By building upon the existing COTS email framework the DoD can realize a single email network that provides BOTH organizational and informal messaging services. Proven, simple and extremely cost effective...

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SAFEmail: Provides an intuitive Command Email form within the COTS Outlook client. Elements of Service can be hidden/exposed as required. Also provided is SMIME and DMS compliant protective markings that guarentee security integrity across domain boundaries.

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TREX: Disribution profiling is performed on the message header and attachments as appropriate. Each profile contains a basic set of mode properties and a rule set that defines the key words/phrases that must be found for the associated action to be taken. Rule sets can be simple to complex and are context sensitive, i.e. each message attribute has a set of rules that can be applied to that attribute.

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