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PMA-213 Crypto Modernization office receives kudos from NSA

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Sep 2, 2010

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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The Crypto Modernization Lead Program Office (CMLPO) for the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) here was recently recognized for outstanding contributions made to the National Security Agency.

A Letter of Appreciation from the Combat Identification/Warfighter Solutions Division, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) was presented to the program by Philip Domenici, NSA Combat Identification chief.

“We would like to extend our appreciation for the outstanding service that is being provided to the International IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) Mode 5 Crypto Modernization Program by your Combat Identification MARK XIIA Identification Friend or Foe Mode 5 Lead Program Office,” said Domenici.

According to Capt. C.J. Jaynes, PMA-213 program manager, the CMLPO efforts have resulted in the successful certification of seven next generation IFF Mode 5 NSA cryptology devices, which are available to U.S. and International customers. Additionally, the CMLPO has become the forefront of all of the IFF crypto training.

“The award means that PMA-213 as the Mode 5 CMLPO has fostered an outstanding working relationship with the NSA and other Mode 5 DoD stakeholders,” said Jaynes.

The CMLPO is staffed with representatives necessary to support DoD wide IFF CM development, implementation, integration and life cycle management issues. It performs in the lead service role for IFF Mode 5 CM development and End Cryptographic Unit (ECU) Program Management.

The CMLPO is responsible for establishing and maintaining inter-service agreements within DoD Services and Agencies. It coordinates with the other services/agencies and the NSA to develop and implement an enterprise-wide acquisition strategy for Mode 4/5 Crypto devices. It also serves in an advisory capacity on all issues regarding Mode 5 IFF Crypto Development and Electronic Key Distribution.

Jaynes said this program is crucial to the PMA-213 mission because IFF provides the warfighter with a secure, safe and reliable means of identifying allied units to assist in preventing fratricide. The Crypto Modernization initiative provides the secure portion of Mode 5 that is critical to program success.

While receiving this award was a high point for the program office, it did not come easy; there were challenges along the way.

The U.S. Navy Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) does not yet provide training on all of the Mode 5 crypto modernization processes needed to load Mode 5 key, said Jaynes. To overcome this, the CMLPO Team established a “Tiger Team” to provide a stop gap training solution for IFF Mode 5 users.

“Through their hard work, PMA-213 continues to lead the U.S. DoD effort in meeting the critical milestones that will lead to full operational capability in the future,” said Domenici.

The majority of the CMLPO Team is part of PMA-213 here. There are representatives from the Army, NSA, and Air Force.

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Award – Phil Domenici, National Security Agency Combat Identification chief, presents a Letter of Appreciation from the Combat Identification/Warfighter Solutions Division, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency/Central Security Service to the Crypto Modernization Lead Program Office for the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) here for outstanding contributions made to the National Security Agency. First row: MaryJo Holsinger, Phil Domenici, Capt. CJ Jaynes, Eladio Rojas and Bill Bridgette. Back row: Joe Keegan, Raean King, Johnny Hogg, Brian Finley, Bernie Morrison and Brooke Jenkins. (U.S. Navy Photo)

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