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August 2007

Employee Transfer Effort Taps Technical Expertise

August 15, 2007
Henry S. Kenyon

A unique exchange program permits government and private sector organizations to exchange high-tech workers. The goal of the Information Technology Exchange Program (ITEP) is to provide both sectors with an opportunity to share best practices and to better understand each other’s operating practices and hurdles.

Reflection, Hope and Victory in Iraq

August 2007
By Cmdr. Gregory E. Glaros, USN (Ret.)

A remarkable young Marine officer named Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec was killed in action on May 11, 2007, during his fourth tour in Iraq. What makes his story so compelling is not the fact that he was referred to as the "Lion of Fallujah" as a result of heroic actions during operation Vigilant Resolve in 2004 or as an "unapologetic warrior" featured in a Los Angeles Times interview three years ago. He was remarkable because his life and untimely death are emblematic of the men and women who serve our nation selflessly, without hesitation, quietly volunteering as Maj. Zembiec had done. How can each of us, from the comfort and security of home, meaningfully contribute to the common good of our nation?

NATO Ponders Web Effects

August 2007
By Cdre. Robert Howell, RN (Ret.)

The extensive thrust to Web services in the military is raising as many issues as promised new capabilities. The broad-based effort is complicated by nations' differing approaches as well as by the rapid changes that characterize the 21st century Web.

Experts Consider Data Collaboration Strategies

August 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

Views about sharing and retaining classified and sensitive information are changing as the U.S. government pushes to become more network centric. A recent gathering of information technology professionals found that although many technical hurdles remain to providing enterprise-level services across large organizations, the primary challenge is cultural.

Defense Firm Rebounds From Federal Penalty

August 2007
By Michael A. Robinson

Steve Gaffney vividly recalls the day he literally got a whack upside the head that gave him a lifelong lesson in success—one that would come in handy this year.

Transformation Progressing For Intelligence Technology Backbone

August 2007
By Bob Gourley

The U.S. Department of Defense Intelligence Information System has completed phase one of a multiyear effort to transform into a more agile enterprise. This global information technology enterprise, led by the Defense Intelligence Agency, serves both analysts and warfighters and provides the backbone of intelligence technology for the Defense Department, combatant commands, the services and many other elements of the national security community. The transformation effort has enhanced the ability of the entire defense intelligence enterprise to serve the mission needs of the military.

It's the Architecture!

August 2007
By Christopher K. Mellon

This crude but highly effective approach might be just what U.S. federal information technology officials need. Those charged with managing the government's information technology networks—its vital nervous system—should remind themselves, "It's the architecture!" The present paradigm is hopelessly insecure and inefficient. No amount of federal largesse invested in the U.S. government's current Web-based architecture will ever take the nation where it needs to be. As the old Yankee once told the bewildered New York tourist seeking directions to Kennebunkport, Maine, "You can't get there from here."

Smart Encryption Hides Data in the Open

August 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

A prototype software security application encases data in an encrypted intelligent shell, allowing only an intended recipient to access the material. This software could permit warfighters, intelligence analysts and citizens to share information anonymously across the Internet and popular social networking Web sites. Users will be able to create online communities to communicate with other vetted individuals.

More Than a Flash of a Pass

August 2007
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Defense Department has established an identification authentication network between itself and private industry. The worldwide, federated system will protect physical access to military and secure locations while maintaining personnel privacy. The network ultimately will be used for logical access as well.

Modernization Closes The Interoperability Gap

August 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

The U.S. military is moving its cryptographic capabilities into the 21st century with a major program to replace and upgrade legacy equipment and systems. The multiyear effort is introducing new algorithms designed to enhance interoperability and information sharing across the services and coalition allies. It also focuses on educating military customers about new technologies and coordinating with firms to include cryptographic systems in communications and computer systems.

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