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What Worked in War, What Lies Ahead

May 1, 2014
BY Rita Boland

Technologies including voice over Internet protocol, high-definition video and satellite communications altered the battlefield during years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but as combat operations draw to a close, different challenges are emerging. Technical, fiscal and personnel changes all are shifting, forcing decision makers to reevaluate activities.

The military is in a transition period, and U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is at the heart of the shift. Funding and human resources will be far more limited than in the past decade. Communications experts have put powerful capabilities in place in the command’s region, but the retrograde and alterations in operations mean different methods of employing and understanding them are necessary.

Brig. Gen. John Baker, USA, J-6, CENTCOM, has overseen a series of changes in the area of responsibility and in garrison during his tenure, including a tremendous expansion in the use of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)/everything over Internet protocol. The move has been a significant advantage, he explains. In addition to that massive alteration in infrastructure came the deployment of black core measures throughout the region. Results of the changes included bandwidth savings with improved security for users. Gen. Baker states that putting black core into theater allows people to employ bandwidth better and with more agility.

The benefits are important as CENTCOM communicators have extended their networks significantly, especially in embassies, to help support security cooperation officers. With the exceptions of Syria and Iran, the United States has an embassy in every country in the command’s area, all of which now connect through VoIP services.

Lessons From Iraq Guide Afghanistan Exit

January 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

The retrograde of equipment from Afghanistan requires a monumental effort after almost 13 years of war and an influx of billions of dollars’ worth of materiel to the country. To return the necessary pieces along with personnel from the landlocked location, logisticians around the military are developing creative solutions that offer redundancy. Plans are progressing more smoothly than in Iraq, as experts apply lessons learned and a hub-and-spoke model that allows for a controlled collapsing of installations.

Winters Assigned to Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq

March 31, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Rear Adm. Edward G. Winters, USN, has been assigned deputy chief, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.

McMurry Takes CENTCOM Post

February 1, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr., USAF, has been assigned director, Iraq Security Assistance Mission, U.S. Forces-Iraq, U.S. Central Command, Baghdad, Iraq.

Blake Named to CENTCOM Post

January 20, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Col. Casey D. Blake, USAF, has been selected for the rank of brigadier general and assigned deputy commander, U.S. Central Command-Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, Afghanistan.

Better Eyes in Sky, Ears to Ground for Afghanistan

January 7, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

The U.S. Army saw the need for more ISR support in Afghanistan, asked for it and got it-from the defense secretary-in the form of the Afghan Mission Network. The services now can increase their battlefield SA capabilities, but some may question whether the turnaround time was too fast for the network to be fully effective. Has it proved its mettle, or will time tell? Share your thoughts.

Rock Assigned to CENTCOM/ACC Posts

October 25, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Rock, USAF, has been assigned as director, Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Air Force, U.S. Forces-Iraq, U.S. Central Command, and commander, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Baghdad, Iraq.

Bond Promoted, To Direct CJ-6, U.S. Forces-Iraq

September 24, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Capt. Thomas H. Bond Jr., USN, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral and assignment as director, CJ-6, U.S. Forces-Iraq.

Ridge To Command OEF Task Force 2010

September 21, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. Ross E. Ridge, USA, has been assigned as commander, Task Force 2010, operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Harley to Assume CENTCOM Post

August 24, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Capt. Jeffrey A. Harley, USN, has been nominated for promotion to rear admiral and assignment as deputy director, plans and policy, J-5B, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

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