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Diverse Special Operations Missions Mandate Diverse Networking

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Special Operations Command is taking an unconventional approach to equipping its forces for an information environment that does not follow conventional guidelines. The command must provide networking for a theater force that can range from one person up through thousands of people, and it faces diverse mission needs that can require large communications pipes.

Logistics Agency Shifts Focus From Geography to Information

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Defense Logistics Agency is charging full speed into an infocentric environment that will include mobile technologies, changing the way the agency operates. Part of this effort includes the agency’s own version of the Joint Information Environment, which will help improve interoperability.

Information Becomes the Top Transportable Defense Commodity

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Transportation Command moves more information than it does any physical commodity, and this development has redefined the command's security requirements. These requirements are complicated by the presence of commercial providers whose presence poses potential cyberspace vulnerabilities.

National Guard to Play a Larger Role in Defense

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Fresh off supporting two overseas wars, the National Guard is planning for a larger role in military activities on the home front. Cyber is one area where the Guard may be serving a key role, officials said during AFCEA’s JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

Homeland Security Begins at Home

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The battle against cybermarauders begins with individual home computers, said Rear Adm. Hank Bond, USN, J-6, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and deputy J-3 for cyberspace operations at NORAD, during a panel presentation on the second day of AFCEA's three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

As-Yet Undefined Technologies Will Define the Future Military

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

New information technologies may change the military to a greater degree than they have changed society at large, suggested a panel of chief technology officers at AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore.

Software-Defined Networking Looms as Next Big Technology

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The most important innovation looming in information technology may involve virtual networks. Software-defined networking will open a new door to network architectures and activities that will rival previous advances, according to a panel of industry chief technology officers at AFCEA's three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore.

Computing Giant Faces Information Challenges Similar to Defense Department

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The cloud, social media and cybersecurity are some of the major issues vexing two of the world’s major information technology users. One of those users is the U.S. military, but the other is IBM, which is plotting a road map to the future that might apply to the defense community.

Insider Threat Key Element of JIE Solutions

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The architecture of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) will help the Defense Department deal with the growing insider threat, according to Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). He told the audience at AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium that the move to the cloud will enable better security and prevent the traditional insider threat from menacing valuable data.

DISA Must Practice What It Preaches, Says Director

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is changing its own internal methods of operation to reflect the direction it is giving the services in the move toward the Joint Information Environment, according to Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, DISA director, at the Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium.

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