Members of the Joint Warfighting Conference's first panel described with great fervor what they believe will be the influences on future conflicts. From demographics to religion, outspoken panelists, who at times disagreed with each other, listed a number of variables that are likely to affect how joint military commanders lead their troops.
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Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, opened the Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, stating that he comes to this event with a certain degree of urgency because the enemies also are gathering to discuss warfare. "We have to remember that we are at war right now," he stated. The U.S. and its allies are facing manifold threats, and nations must stay together in the fight.
The Netherlands has commissioned development of Sectra's Tiger system to cover a broader range of Dutch requirements as part of the country's continued investment in encrypted telephony. The order is valued at SEK 15 million.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced it has been awarded a contract by the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Government of the Kingdom of Thailand for the production and delivery of an SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) system. The STB will replace the current National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis buoy system in the Bay of Bengal provided to Thailand under a memorandum of agreement in 2006.
Harris Corporation has received a two-year, $10 million follow-on contract from ViaSat Incorporated for additional hardware to be integrated into Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals. MIDS terminals provide military forces with high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital communication links for exchange of near real-time tactical information, including both data and voice, among air, ground and sea elements.
The Defense Department has announced plans to provide 69 academic institutions $260 million over the next five years to perform multidisciplinary basic research. Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and the research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office; the Office of Naval Research; and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The awards are the result of the fiscal year 2009 competition that the offices conducted under the Defense Department's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program.
The value of the virtual realm for training has been recognized for some time, but now artificial reality is being exploited for many other applications. Web 2.0 capabilities have opened new doors in cyberspace, and people and organizations are embracing the new world of virtual collaboration. The only limits to using this make-believe realm may be those of human imagination. SIGNAL's May issue looks at ongoing efforts to explore collaboration in the virtual world.
Earlier this year, Nick O'Neill wrote a very helpful guide to understanding privacy settings on Twitter called 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know. It sums up many of the things that have come up during social media briefings for AFCEA, such as how to prevent people from seeing photographs of yourself that other people posted, how to avoid showing up in search results, and how to make your contact information private.
General Dynamics Information Technology is being awarded an estimated $11 million modification to a previously awarded contract for engineering and technical services for alteration installations, engineering research, design, computer programming and logistics on hull, mechanical, electrical and electronics systems onboard U.S. Navy ships.