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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

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TechNet International 2004

Day 2

Quote of the Day:

“Historians will write about what our soldiers have done in Iraq for the next thousand years. Be proud, America.”

—Gen. Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Central Command

 
Gen. Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Central Command, addresses the audience at the Wednesday Plenary Session during TechNet International 2004.

Day two of TechNet International 2004, AFCEA International’s annual conference and exposition at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, featured a blockbuster address by Gen. Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), the commander of the U.S. Central Command during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Gen. Franks pulled few punches in discussing U.S. shortcomings before the war on terrorism as well as criticizing misconceptions about the current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The March of Technology; the March of Freedom

September 2003
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

The recent Iraq War has demonstrated the effectiveness of network-centric warfare as a core military doctrine. Though vastly outnumbered by Saddam Hussein's armies, U.S.-led allied forces swept through Iraq and toppled his brutal regime in three weeks. The melding of information technologies with new operational doctrines represents a revolution in military affairs that promises to change defense and security establishments around the globe-especially among NATO allies upon which rests the security of the Free World.

Soldiers Dress For Success

September 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Future U.S. Army warfighters are more likely to resemble adversaries from an Arnold Schwarzenegger or Star Trek movie than GI Joe. The service is fully engaged in its effort to rebuild soldiers' uniforms from the skin out to increase lethality and survivability and at the same time lighten their load. The work complements radical design changes to platforms such as tanks and unmanned vehicles.

British Warfighters Exploit Network Centricity

September 2003
By Robert K. Ackerman

Communications experts in the United Kingdom's Iraq War forces have paved the way for that country's force transformation. The information networks that they established to serve British forces during the war both exploited a host of new solutions and exposed a range of challenges. Many of the lessons learned in that conflict are being applied to develop a new network-centric British military.

Alliance Moves Toward Change

September 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

The international community is pulling up alongside the U.S. armed forces in transformation efforts that will increase speed, agility and efficiency to defeat today's global threats. With a new command structure in place, NATO now moves on to the business of getting the doctrinal, educational and training processes into place so it is aligned with future U.S. concepts of operations and can better address the need for a more proactive approach.

Transformation Looms Large Globally, Regionally

September 2003
By Robert K. Ackerman

The thrust toward force transformation that is redefining the U.S. military also promises to revamp NATO and its member nations. The alliance is working to evolve a new military configuration that will serve 21st century needs, which is a task that many of its members-including a host of new nations-are facing on their own. The recent successes of the U.S. military, which already is reaping some of the benefits of its force transformation, are adding urgency to both individual-nation and alliancewide efforts.

Defense Infrastructure Revamp Forges Single British Network

September 2003
By Henry Kenyon

The U.K. Ministry of Defence has launched a massive restructuring of its information technology infrastructure to increase efficiency and information sharing across the entire organization. A key element of this program is dismantling individual systems and networks to create a single overarching architecture. The goal is to seamlessly move data from front line forces to those parts of the national defense structure, such as intelligence and command centers, whose analysis and decisions can then be shared within the government or transmitted back to the warfighter.

European Command Node Ready for Action

September 2003
By Henry S. Kenyon

French and NATO air forces are operating components of a networked air operations center for air defense and mission planning. Designed to coordinate tactical- to theater-level operations, the components feature a number of command and control as well as data management technologies in a compact, transportable package that can be deployed in containers or installed in an aircraft. Combining several operational technologies, the center provides commanders with enhanced situational awareness via real-time links to sensors and weapon systems.

Paving the Way for Network-Centric Operations

September 2003
By Henry S. Kenyon

A prototype command center allows engineers and military officers to test the interoperability of new technologies and to simulate operational scenarios. Based on existing intelligence gathering and battle management systems, the demonstrator links equipment and provides commanders with real-time data collected from a variety of sensors. Data fusion and decision-making tools permit simulation participants to experience the effects of rapid processing of intelligence information-a clear picture of the battlespace and a shortened sensor-to-shooter loop.

U.K. Military Cuts Paper Trail

September 2003
By Henry S. Kenyon

Front line British troops soon will be able to access maintenance documentation electronically through a portal-based software system. By clicking on an icon, personnel will download data onto their laptops or handheld computers for immediate reference at flight lines or repair operations. The technology saves space in logistics chains once required for transporting paper documents and allows process or equipment changes to be noted immediately and made available across all military services.

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