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Document Exploitation Increases in Importance

August 2003
By Robert K. Ackerman

New technologies that increase the ability to process and enhance text documents are giving a badly needed boost to intelligence experts fighting terrorists and their weapons of mass destruction. Many of these technologies are being employed overseas on the battlegrounds of Afghanistan and Iraq as well as in the pursuit of terrorists in other countries.

Anatomy of Network-Centric Warfare

August 2003
By Clement C. Chen

As momentum grows for network centricity in military operations, architects of the plans may find themselves closely examining sciences such as sociology or biology to preview where network-centric activity can lead. When command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems become more highly networked, the need for sophistication in the products and platforms that sit at the edges diminishes. In some cases, too much capability at the edge may actually inhibit self-organizing behavior and negatively impact the mission of the networked whole.

Network Centricity Begins at Home

August 2003
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new initiative by the U.S. Defense Department aims to speed the advent of network centricity by incorporating ideas directly from users. The result may be improved network centricity for small Defense Department components as well as new capabilities across the entire defense community.

Computer Models Ensure Open Navy Communication Lines

August 2003
By Lawrence Nosek

Communication decision aids are enabling U.S. Navy shipboard-system developers to improve system designs and on-station communicators to prepare better communications plans by predicting performance. The tools help designers take into account the variables of the entire communications environment, including a sea of antennas or other obstacles that could block communications. Perhaps more importantly, the tool set helps commanders answer the quandary, "I have the systems, but can I communicate?"

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Thursday, May 13, 2004

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TechNet International 2004

Day 3 Quote of the Day:

 “Let there by no doubt that we are at war … in the United States.”

—Lt. Gen. Edward G. Anderson III, USA, deputy commander, U.S. Northern Command and vice commander, U.S. element, North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The third and final day of TechNet International 2004 featured blunt and direct talk from two speakers—one civilian, one military. Leading off with the breakfast address was Michael Wynne, acting undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

 Instead of focusing largely on the successes of network-centric warfare, Wynne spent a considerable amount of time discussing his views on shortcomings and impending perils facing the military and the country as a whole. The country is “making a big bet” on network-centric operations, but pitfalls loom. He warned that the military is in danger of “proliferating gaps” as it moves ahead with new systems.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

TechNet International 2004 Day 1

Quote of the Day:

“We have our own asymmetric advantage … our own C3.”

—Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 
Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the Tuesday luncheon audience at TechNet International 2004.

TechNet International 2004, AFCEA International’s annual conference and exposition in Washington D.C., began with a two blockbuster events to inaugurate three days of conferences, speakers, panels and courses. Being held May 11-13 at the Washington Convention Center, this year’s event was titled “Combating Emerging Threats.”

The star of the first day’s events was Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Myers told a packed luncheon audience that command and control (C2) is the link that holds U.S. forces together, and he also described C2 as “a caulk to fill gaps.”

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

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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.

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