West 2013 Online Show Daily, Day 1
Quote of the Day:“’Flat’ is the new ‘up’ in this defense budget environment.”— Robert O. Work, undersecretary of the Navy
The military services are facing potentially crippling constraints if sequestration takes place in March. Defense officials foresee the likelihood of draconian budget cuts being imposed that will cripple the force just as it is being counted on to assume new strategic missions. In most cases, the services will have to choose to sacrifice some capabilities so that others will remain part of the force. In worse-case scenarios, the U.S. military may be unable to meet its obligations when a crisis emerges.
These and other points were hammered home by speakers and panels on the first day of West 2013, the annual conference and exposition hosted by AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute in San Diego. While the event has the theme of “Pivot to the Pacific: What Are the Global Implications,” the first day’s discussions largely focused on the dire consequences of the fiscal cliff as well as potential solutions to avoid completely gutting the military force. Audiences generally were aware of the looming budget crisis, but many were surprised by the bluntness of the assessments offered by high-ranking Defense Department civilian and military leaders.
The shift of U.S. power to the Asia-Pacific will not be successful without an infusion of new technology and a dedicated effort to defeat a wide range of adversaries. The new strategic emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region poses a new set of challenges, mandating solutions that run the gamut from technological capabilities to cultural outreach and diplomacy.
An unprecedented choice allows soldiers to use communications and intelligence assets in more meaningful ways.
To monitor the possible effects of radiation on Americans who were in Japan during the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the U.S. Army Public Health Command has launched the Operation Tomodachi Registry website. The site provides location-based radiation dose estimates for the approximately 70,000 department-affiliated adults and children who were in one of 13 mainland Japan locations at the time of the disaster, which included the release of radiation into the environment.
Military activities in the Asia-Pacific region have become more focused since the release of a defense strategy a few months ago that places renewed attention on the global area. Through U.S. Pacific Command's (PACOM's) recent theater campaign plan, leaders are telling the subordinate military-service components to report back in a year on how efforts are working while deconflicting duplicate programs.
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TechNet Asia-Pacific 2012 Online Show Daily: Day 3
Quote of the Day: “Anyone who wants to go to conflict is not right.”—Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific
The commander of the Pacific Fleet sees changes taking place far into the future.
The infinite domain may best be addressed on a geographical basis.
The nature of the challenges facing the largest U.S. area of operation require acting locally as well as globally.
Whether in operations, intelligence or information systems, the same technology concerns predominate.
The next two years will see huge leap-ahead capabilities for ground forces, but with an increase in inherent risks.
The military goal to ensure Asia-Pacific security aims to prevent an economically disastrous war.
Deployed out of theater for a decade, the U.S. Army Pacific returns with an increased emphasis on its mission.
The nature of forward deployment is changing as the United States adjusts to its Pacific rebalancing.
The land down under looks westward when it contemplates geopolitical issues around the Pacific.
A new mission for the military in the Asia-Pacific region will require different technologies for the force.
Either complacency or innovative attackers have lessened the effectiveness of conventional computer and network security measures.