The internet based on time cycles used or not used to process instructions as syntax. Instructions are often workflow rules / procedural logic used to route data to nodes on the net as a broadcast or in a particular order as workflows. Software Defined Networking is characterized by RULES / ACTIONS and statistics sampled during time cycles to plan action and reaction to network conditions and node conditions that are shaped by leader’s decisions. Software Defined Networking SDN is usually broadcast or multicast traffic based. Policy controls are used to shape network conditions. Time cycles are used to examine data context by monitoring and examining flow tables for data </tags> and data flows during assigned TIME SLOTS in TIME SLOT SWITCHES. Virtual LAN ID’s identify groups and organizations.
Net Centric Warfare / Net Enabled Operations NEO are similar. The syntax and lexicon used isn’t exact but it could be or terms could be accepted to be equivalent in terms of policy processing rules.  Net Centric Warfare’s value is in established procedures / rule sets and an established lexicon in the form of over 300 message sets that describe syntax as data tags to describe data exchanges useful over a wide range of operational, logistics, and intel use cases. These message sets as part of the military’s structured data exchange regimen could be repurposed for commercial use across many domains.
 The Global Enterprise Fabric envisioned by NETCOM will help deliver computing enterprise services in three broad areas - Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Network Services, and Computer Network Defense – all of which are managed and monitored within a software-defined framework.  NETCOM’s turn to SDN is a harbinger of things to come across the DoD.  Deltek’s recent Emerging Federal Technology Markets, 2015 report documented that throughout the federal government two steps are leading agencies to SDN: modernizing IT infrastructure and planning for/adopting cloud computing. Cloud computing is not necessary for an agency to implement SDN, but in evolutionary terms the adoption (or desired adoption) of cloud may be decisive because it spurs on other foundational investments.


As agencies grow more comfortable with cloud computing, their adoption of SDN will increase or, as NETCOM’s Global Enterprise Fabric concept illustrates, their adoption of SDN and cloud computing will go hand-in-hand.  Herein lays the opportunity for those seeking new business.  Agencies already walking the path toward the cloud, particularly the use of Infrastructure-as-a-Service, will already have some idea of the viability of SDN.  Seek out those agencies making IaaS investments and you’ll find those most interested in discussing SDN as the next step.