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Tactical Exigencies Heighten Information Sharing

November 2007
By Kent R. Schneider

In my commentary last month, I discussed information sharing, a topic that has reached virtually every organization in government and industry. This month I address command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) in the tactical environment. The two are closely related, as their symbiotic relationship virtually dictates that success in one is essential for success in the other.

Information Sharing Needs a Total Solution

October 2007
By Kent R. Schneider

We are seeing a level of partnership and collaboration in information sharing that we never have seen before. The national security community, now expanded to include homeland security, long has recognized the need for information sharing, and we have had some interfaces among these elements for some time. But only in the past few years has this requirement received appropriate priority. Homeland security, the Global War on Terrorism and increased emphasis on nontraditional missions have placed a premium on information sharing. However, this remains a work in progress.

Reflecting on the Past, Viewing the Future

September 1, 2007
By Kent R. Schneider

My involvement with AFCEA goes back 38 years. I have been in a number of volunteer leadership positions at the chapter and international levels, and I am excited about starting out on this journey as your association's president and chief executive officer.

A Farewell

March 2007
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

After five and a half years in which you have entrusted in me a leadership position at AFCEA International, it is now time for me to step down as president and chief executive officer.

At the Core of a Mission

February 2006
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

A former boss used to remind all of us, "Security is like oxygen. You never think about it until you don't have it. And when you don't have it, you don't think about anything else." But this brings to mind the question, security of what?

Change Works

January 2007
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

Governments, militaries and businesses worldwide are in the midst of various types of transformations. AFCEA members can be pleased with their own association's embrace of change. It always is important for an organization such as ours to transform as nations around the globe adjust to the dynamic information age as well as the changing nature of conflict and security amid the Global War on Terrorism.

The Human Element of Net Centricity

December 2006
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

The U.S. Navy, master of the seas and leader in net centricity, faces an uncertain future in the very information technology applications it has led for years. If the Navy does not change its personnel system and its education system, then it will be a Navy that can maintain only information tools that are developed elsewhere and modified to fit the maritime role. Without a change in direction, our Navy will not be able to build and support the tools designed to serve the maritime warfighter from requirements development to acquisition.

Information Changes the Relationship Between Tactical and Strategic

November 2006
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

The tactical level of the Global War on Terrorism is having a greater effect on the war's strategic outcome than we ever would have predicted. Rather than being an issue of doctrine or force structure, this is largely an information technology issue. Today, information gathering and information transfer occur blindly from the tactical level to the strategic level.

Intelligence Successes Are Being Overlooked

October 2006
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

It has been said that the two news items published most inside the Beltway are "operational successes" and "intelligence failures." Nothing would please me more than to be able to list all of the positive developments in real intelligence collection and sharing that have occurred since the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004-but I cannot. However, the intelligence community, in the wake of this restructuring, has provided a greater glimpse than ever before of its goals and effectiveness. Unfortunately, the public seems aware of only those widely publicized intelligence failures.

60 Years … and Counting

September 2006
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

AFCEANs always have prided themselves on looking to the future, especially with regard to change and transformation. An association cannot flourish and remain successful for six decades without its members and leaders maintaining a visionary approach to operations and planning.

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