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Lessons Learned Guide Intelligence Community Information Enterprise

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise has generated a host of lessons learned that could be applied to many network consolidation efforts. Al Tarasiuk, chief information officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, outlined these lessons to a luncheon audience on the second day of AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment (JIE) Mission Partner Symposium.

Intelligence Community Defines Bridge to JIE

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise, or ICITE, will link to the Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment (JIE) via a bridge architecture. The Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise will ensure that ICITE and the JIE can coexist.

Time for the Defense Department to Embrace Hackers

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Defense Department should reach out to the hacker community for critical expertise in the war against cyber aggressors, said a member of industry during AFCEA's JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

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.

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