The Problem

The Army Family Advocacy System of Record (FASOR), needed to support the existing information technology (IT) systems, as they are being prepared for transfer to the ARFAM cloud-hosted enterprise system. The FASOR system is built on a series of Xtendable® proprietary frameworks and physically hosted in the AIS Data Center. This contract required a combination of management and the reverse engineering of the “AOS Xtendable®” in an effort to understand its IT requirements and Information Assurance (IA) control sets. There was a significant need to bridge the gap between the existing legacy systems and the new cloud-hosted enterprise system under construction. Creating interoperability, sustainability and flexibility within an Xtendable®-based solution was an integral part of this project. The program needs also included the management and development support of both legacy, IT, and IA efforts. The main goal of the project was to understand and manage existing technology, while managing systems administration, Help Desk, network architecture, operations, database administration, Information Assurance (IA), and more.

Performance

Three Wire solved the problems put forth by the Army by reverse engineering existing legacy systems to enhance, update, manage, and secure existing systems. This enabled the Army to more efficiently manage networks, applications, and data in real-time. The Three Wire solution included the management of Help Desk solutions and training, as well as off-premise hosting. Three Wire provided development support for the Army’s legacy systems, as well as supporting and maintaining IT and IA initiatives geared toward AOS. Technical support included routine systems administration, bug fixes, custom solution design, training and support for Army OneSource as well. Three Wire utilized multiple zone security configurations to enhance the security of the project. Reverse engineering initiatives enabled the Three Wire team to understand and modernize existing efforts to create sustainability in the program. Legacy Xtendable® systems and Xtendable®-based technologies required continuous Three Wire team support. Three Wire assisted in the design, planning, and implementation of the FASOR transfer to Open Source and Cloud-based technologies.

Understanding the need for system flexibility and longevity, Three Wire integrated each of these methodologies into the Army Family Advocacy System of Record solution set. In addition, Three Wire managed the mission critical certification and accreditation process as required by DoD. The project met the highest standards for accreditation by the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) for both legacy and new systems. Modern technologies were also designed to meet – and exceed — Risk Management Framework (RMF) compliance and controls.

Results

The Army FASOR project was designed with the management, reverse engineering, and updating of existing systems. This included the technology, user experience, sustainability, security, and more. Knowing the importance of secure, customized user experience, this project was designed for the purpose of updating and renewing an existing architecture and linking it with a legacy one. Turnkey network management and security were mission critical to the success of this project. The project was designed so legacy systems could merge into modern ones, forming a system which enhanced the support of both applications and data in use throughout the network. Through reverse engineering, Team Three Wire was able to update the network, IT systems, link applications, manage data-driven needs, enhance security, manage Help Desk needs, and more. Because Three Wire also managed the ongoing certification process for the system to DoD requirements, the accreditation is pristine.

By reverse engineering the existing legacy system, Three Wire was able to help modernize the program, while helping to architect its future. The solution promotes Agile development and leadership teams to not only work with, but more importantly, embrace the marriage of older and newer technologies. The end result is a sustainable, flexible, user-friendly solution which bridges communication between constituencies, in a secure, accredited environment, while planning and transitioning to the future.