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The Enterprise and Its Effects

August 25, 2011
By Rita Boland

The director of DISA talked about the enterprise and the future of military operations.

Defense Department CIO Addresses LWN

August 24, 2011
By Rita Boland

Consolidation and standardization will be key facets of future network operations, according to Teri Takai, Defense Department CIO.

SOCOM Network Needs

August 24, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command shares background about his organization, how they use communications and why, and what the command needs now.

Industry Perspectives on Army Needs

August 23, 2011
By Rita Boland

Members of today's industry panel at LandWarNet discussed many of the issues that have long been a source of consternation to military contractors including the need for a level playing field and better, more agile acquisition policies especially for information technology. However, one person added a slight twist to the discussion by stating that not only do many in government not understand the acquisition process and its difficulties, but industry does not do a good job educating them.

Army Is Marching Into Challenging Future

August 23, 2011
By Rita Boland

The U.S Army signal community is preparing for budget cuts and a drawdown of personnel that includes reducing the number of contractors supporting the military branch by 30 percent without any replacement by military or government employees. However, with the Army's current plan only the officer corps would face reduction through means other than attrition; more drastic cut mandates could alter future decisions.

Together the Military Really Can Do More

August 5, 2010
By Rita Boland

Joint is the name of the game on the battlefield and at LandWarNet as Lt. Gen. William T. Lord, USAF, chief of warfighting integration and chief information officer for the U.S Air Force gave the final address of the conference this afternoon. The general said that he believes all future operations will be joint because the services are too small now to operate on their own. Everyone needs the synergy of the combined force to carry out their operations.

Policy Remains Major Barrier to Interoperability

August 5, 2010
By Rita Boland

Policy and governance remain the biggest hurdles to interoperability among military services and their various allies and partners according to the joint/coalition panel held this morning at LandWarNet. Representatives from the British Armed Forces, U.S. Marine Corps, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense sat on a panel moderated by a U.S. Navy admiral from the joint staff to discuss the issues inherent in information sharing in coalition and disaster response missions. Throughout the discussion, panelists made jokes to amuse and engage the audience, but their message was deadly serious-information must be delivered to warfighters at the tactical edge so they can successfully, safely carry out their missions.

How and Why an Institution Must Transform

August 4, 2010
By Rita Boland

The feel and focus of LandWarNet took on a slightly different feel this afternoon as retired IBM Chief Executive Officer Louis V. Gerstner took the stage to discuss institutional transformation. Rather than address military-specific needs, Gerstner explained how he worked to turn around IBM by changing the entire culture of the organization. He told listeners to take the lessons he imparted and apply them as appropriate to military needs.

Apps4Army Contest Only the Beginning

August 4, 2010
By Rita Boland

Apps for the Army contest winners and the Army chief information officer talk about the winning apps and what these developments mean for the future of the Army.

Acquisition Process Must Change

August 4, 2010
By Rita Boland

The Army needs to fix its acquisition process and move good ideas to top leaders according to Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, USA, vice chief of staff, U.S. Army. Gen. Chiarelli delivered the morning address of LandWarNet today via teleconference, stating that he wants the ideas people have to make things better. He also emphasized repeatedly the need to change acquisitions to keep up with technology changes and the enemy.

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