This Team provides a forum for members of the Research & Engineering and the Research and Education Network communities to exchange their latest network plans, issues and problems; and discuss consequences and possible solutions.



The Joint Engineering Team (JET) was established in 1997 and provides an opportunity for information sharing among Federal agencies and non-Federal participants who have an interest in high-performance research and engineering or research and education networking (REN) and networking to support science applications. Participation includes such organizations as:

  • Federal Agencies: Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Health (NIH), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Industry: CenturyLink and Juniper
  • Non-profits: Internet2 and US Ignite
  • International RENs: Research and Education Advanced Network of New Zealand (REANNZ) and Rede Nacional de Ensino E Pesquisa (RNP) Brazil
  • Academic: Capital Area Advanced R&E Network (CAAREN), Great Plains Network (GPN), Indiana University (IU), Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), Pacific Wave/Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP); Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX); StarLight; Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), and University of North Carolina (UNC)

The NITRD Program’s JET meetings are open to the public. Members of the public may be added to the mailing lists by sending their full name and email address to with the subject line: “Add to JET.”

The government seeks individual input; attendees/participants may provide individual advice only. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments for JET to Please note that under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and may be made available to the public via the JET or NITRD web page.

Federal Register Notice:  88 FR 86947

JET reports to the NITRD Large Scale Networking (LSN) Interagency Working Group (IWG).

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Ralph A. McEldowney, Associate Director for Networking, DoD HPC Modernization Program
Kevin Thompson, Program Director, Office of Advanced Infrastructure (CISE/OAC), National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Meeting Information

  • Joint Engineering Team (JET) upcoming meetings: March 6, 2024; April 16, 2024


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Current Focus Area

  • Traffic monitoring and performance measurement: Fostering and coordinating the development of tools & techniques to automate the detection of bottlenecks in inter-domain traffic flows.

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Other Topics of Interest

  • Network access points (PNWGP, NASA Ames, StarLight, MAN LAN, WIX, and MAX etc.)
  • Operational Network Security
  • Networking Testbeds (Optical, cloud, architecture, and networking research)
  • High performance research connectivity
  • International connections
  • New technology deployment [e.g. software-defined networking (SDN), Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), domain name system security extensions (DNSSec)]
  • Best practices (e.g. 9000 Byte MTU frames, IPv6 tool naming)

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Resources and References

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JETnet Links

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