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Two-Way Wrist Communicators on J-6 Wish List

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The future soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and coast guardsman may be communicating with a mobile device attached to his or her wrist, if the vision of the nation’s top uniformed communicator comes to pass.

Virtual Capabilities at Heart of JIE Service

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) will be relying on virtual capabilities to a greater degree as part of several thrusts within the network. Enabling technologies include the cloud and software modernization as planners strive to ensure interoperability and access wherever users may be located.

Customer Diversity Enhances, Threatens JIE

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) seeks to network the entire defense community, but its ability to address customer requirements could run afoul of its original purpose. Many military users have specific needs that must be addressed, so the JIE must meet those requirements without jeopardizing its desired interoperability.

Mobility Is More Than a Physical Concept With JIE

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

A key tenet of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) will be the ability of users to have access to the same information system capabilities regardless of physical location, according to Defense Information System Agency (DISA) officials speaking on the final day of AFCEA’s three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

Commercial Information Technology Companies Focus on Security

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Private sector high-technology firms are taking considerable measures to ensure the security of data, knowing that industrial espionage or foreign sabotage could cost a company its competitive edge or even put it out of business.

Defense Should Look to the Private Sector for Innovation

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The defense community should follow the lead of the private sector in both technologies and processes, said industry experts on a panel at AFCEA's JIE Mission Partner Symposium, and revamp the way of doing business.

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.

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