ING3508 Military Information Infrastructure

Course code: 
ING3508
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Militær informasjonsinfrastruktur
Program of study: 
Bachelor i ingeniørfag, studieretning telematikk
Credits: 
5
Teaching semester: 
2023 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2023 Autumn
Person in charge: 
Espen Flydahl
Course content

Students are introduced to the historical development of military information infrastructures and their role as a premise for how military operations are organized and carried out. Selected parts of the Norwegian Armed Forces' information infrastructure (II) are used as a reference. Students gain a basic understanding of requirements, opportunities, limitations and potential related to the Norwegian Armed Forces' II - including organizational as well as technical perspectives. Particular emphasis is placed on the Norwegian Armed Forces' communications infrastructure and the Norwegian Armed Forces' secure platforms and the services that they provide.

The course is based on ING1501 The Cyber ​​Engineer's profession and ING1506 Computer communications

Topics

  • The digitalization of military activities in a historical perspective
  • II-related definitions
  • Ideal properties for military IIs
  • Design principles for defensible II
  • Architectural work, service orientation and taxonomy for consultation, command and control (NATO C3 Taxonomy)
  • The Norwegian Armed Forces' II
  • The Norwegian Armed Forces' secure platforms
  • The Norwegian Armed Forces' communications infrastructure

Special conditions related to assessments:

The student must achieve the grade E or higher on both forms of assessment in order to pass the course. Students that fail have the right to a second attempt to pass the specific form of assessment that the student failed to pass. A second attempt to pass the portfolio assessment will entail a resubmission of the portfolio while a second attempt to pass the written exam will require the student to solve a new written exam under the same conditions as the first.

Learning outcome

Knowledge

The student can:    

  • Explain how historical developments in information and communication technology have affected how military operations are planned, managed and carried out
  • Explain organizational and technological challenges and opportunities related to the digitization of military activities in both international and national contexts
  • Explain ideal characteristics associated with military IIs
  • Explain design principles for defensible II
  • Explain the purpose behind architectural work, service orientation and NATO's C3 taxonomy
  • Describe the architecture of the Norwegian Armed Forces' communication infrastructure and what services that can be provisioned through its different subsystems
  • List key ICT platforms used in the Norwegian Armed Forces and their areas of use

Skills

The student can:    

  • Independently perform basic configuration of the Norwegian Armed Forces' secure platform Tyr
  • Independently perform basic configuration of the Norwegian Armed Forces' local area network components
  • Independently apply theory of ideal properties for military IIs and design principles for defensible IIs to argue for configuration choices

General competence

The student can:    

  • Be an advisor on the use of the Norwegian Armed Forces' information infrastructure in operational planning and decision-making processes
  • Exchange views and experiences with others with a background in military II
  • Contribute to the development of organization, training and exercises, materiel, leadership, teaching and interoperability in the Norwegian Armed Forces
Working and learning activities

Lectures, project work in groups, discussions in groups and individual reflection

Sensor system

Examination is carried out according to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.

Curriculum

Flydahl, E. (2021). Kompendium om militær informasjonsinfrastruktur [BEGRENSET]. Forsvarets høgskole Cyberingeniørskolen. (50 sider)

Heier, T. & Mobech-Hanssen, B. E. (2020). Et forsvar i digital krise?. Internasjonal Politikk, 78(3), 362-382. (18 sider)

Miller, L. C. (2020). Cybersecurity Survival Guide: Fundamental Principles & Best Practices. Palo Alto Cybersecurity Academy. Kap 2.3 og 2.6.1 (50 sider)

Cyberforsvarets våpenskole (2020). Nettverk Rolle 1. Kap. 15, 16, 18-21 (32 sider)

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredPresence requiredComment
Øvinger22Not required
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Mandatory coursework:Øvinger
Courseworks given:2
Courseworks required:2
Presence required:Not required
Comment:
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
Skriftlig eksamenIndividual3HoursA-F 60%Not requiredThe student is assessed on the achieved learning outcome within the categories knowledge and general competence. None
MappevurderingGroup -A-F40%Not requiredStudents are assessed on achieved learning outcomes within the category of skills. The folder consists of two submissions: 1) Written report on completed configuration of the Armed Forces' secure platform Tyr 2) Written report on completed configuration of the Armed Forces' local network components
Vurderinger:
Form of assessment:Skriftlig eksamen
Grouping:Individual
Duration:3
Type of duration:Hours
Grading scale:A-F
Proportion: 60%
Oral examination:Not required
Comment:The student is assessed on the achieved learning outcome within the categories knowledge and general competence.
Supported materials: None
Form of assessment:Mappevurdering
Grouping:Group
Duration:
Type of duration:-
Grading scale:A-F
Proportion:40%
Oral examination:Not required
Comment:Students are assessed on achieved learning outcomes within the category of skills. The folder consists of two submissions: 1) Written report on completed configuration of the Armed Forces' secure platform Tyr 2) Written report on completed configuration of the Armed Forces' local network components
Supported materials:
Authors: 
Espen Flydahl