The key to providing greatly enhanced cyber security may be at hand, but it may also eliminate one of the Internet's greatest characteristics, and a middle ground may be hard to achieve. Carter Bullard, president and chief executive officer, QoSient, told the audience at a MILCOM 2010 Wednesday afternoon panel on cyber security that technologies are needed for three elements-attribution, mitigation and deterrence. Attaining attribution and mitigation will lead to deterrence, he maintained.
The U.S. Army is freezing some information technology acquisitions and cutting back on existing facilities for more efficient data flow. These efforts are coupled with a data center inventory designed to allow the service greater flexibility in networking. Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director of architecture, operations, networks, and space, Army CIO/G-6, explained to the MILCOM 2010 luncheon audience that the Army has placed a moratorium on the acquisition of servers.
The concept of training U.S. Army soldiers in the art of communications is about to undergo a change as substantial as those wrought by new media capabilities. And, these capabilities are among the very drivers of that change. Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director of architecture, operations, networks, and space, Army CIO/G-6, told the MILCOM 2010 luncheon audience that the traditional way of teaching signal soldiers how to operate boxes will change to accommodate the inherent knowledge that they bring to the force. This knowledge includes social media and other capabilities.
People are changing their Web habits as they become more comfortable with personal handheld media devices. Systems such as iPhones, iPads and Blackberry and Android phones are becoming the preferred interfaces with the Web instead of desktop or laptop computers. This trend is changing the way that people manage their lives, and marketers are moving to take advantage of it.
In addition to generating huge amounts of information for the infosphere, social media are providing clues to behavior that analysts are tapping for marketing predictions. Seemingly innocuous behavior is revealing valuable information about group and individual behavior. Bernardo Huberman, senior fellow and director, Social Computing Lab, HP Labs, told the MILCOM 2010 Wednesday keynote panel that experiments have shown how this data can predict marketing success. One test allowed experts to predict the box office revenues of movies before they opened, based on tweets about the movies.
The U.S. Defense Department is focusing on protecting information rather than on the network that carries it. The department is developing "a black core with a transport mechanism" to secure vital information, according to Dr. Ronald Jost.
Some security measures may subtract instead of add.
Warfighters in the field are exploring new uses for commercial technologies and capabilities. Activities such as chat, web portal access and texting are driving development of new systems and improved capabilities.
Many defense technologies add capabilities, but tactical radios may be assuming a most unlikely role as battlefield sensors.
Two of the most stubborn hurdles to effective defense networking are security and interoperability, and the two may be linked. Brig. Andy Bristow offered his own assessment of a connection between the two at the Tuesday MILCOM 2010 luncheon address.
Achieving two goals will exponentially advance the power of the network.
Warfighters and emergency responders are using the same unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies for rapid area surveillance. This capability goes beyond mere direct downlinks, as the airborne craft are able to transmit data that can be reprocessed and distributed to users in near real time.
A niche vehicle may provide the best of both worlds.
Building effective future command, control, communications and intelligence systems will require tighter control of processes by appropriate experts, according to a speaker at a Tuesday MILCOM panel.
The deck is stacked against getting the best technology into military operations.
Many i's need to be dotted and t's to be crossed for commercial communications to succeed on the battlefield. Jake MacLeod, executive vice president, Powerwave Technologies, offered a glimpse of some of them in a Monday panel at MILCOM 2010.
Satellites, cell systems and airborne platforms may be teaming to provide future battlefield wireless communications. They would be complementary, but each offers both advantages and drawbacks.
Usage is growing faster than procurement can respond.
Lt. Gen. Dennis Via, USA, J-6, The Joint Staff, offered the MILCOM 2010 Monday luncheon audience a glimpse of his wish list for U.S. forces. Items ran the gamut from new technologies and methodologies to improved efficiency in existing systems. On a large scale, the general called for information and services from the edge to be joint, integrated and operational "out of the box." With U.S. forces expected to be deployed virtually anywhere in the world, Gen. Via cited a need for global network access with a single sign-on.
Equipment must work immediately and everywhere.