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Schriever plans for $10M cyber modernization

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- New Ethernet components and fiber cabling are just part of a major information technology infrastructure upgrade for Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. 

The $10 million Base Information Transport Infrastructure, or BITI, initiative will replace unclassified switches and routers, as well as any outside-plant fiber optic cables and ducts, in more than 100 locations around Schriever beginning in mid-April. 

"This is a significant communications project aimed at promoting cyber security and providing a more capable and efficient IT infrastructure," said Marvin McLean, 50 SCS BITI project manager.  "Both Air Force security and the network's end user benefit from this transition."

The project includes the installation of new network and fiber optic equipment in 116 communication equipment locations around Schriever.  CELs, informally known as "Comm Closets," will see plenty of activity in the 18-month construction period.

"This is a big job," said Marc Yardley 50 SCS plans chief.  "The plan includes installing more than 17 and a half miles of new fiber optic cable, replacing seven miles of cabling duct, and adding almost a mile of new duct.  But in the end we'll have a network infrastructure that can sustain us far down the road."

The squadron will coordinate with base agencies throughout the process, to minimize connectivity issues, and make the transition as transparent as possible.

"You should expect some gaps in communication connectivity during the different phases," McLean said.  "But we're confident major outages for the user will be minimized."

Program completion is projected for September 17.
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