Cyber threats are like rust—they never sleep. Somewhere, whether here at home or in some far-flung corner of the world, people ranging from thrill-seeking hackers to state-sponsored terrorists are cooking up new, more powerful, more insidious attacks. Some—far too many—of these will be successful. A typical reaction to such frightening news is … a yawn.
The devil is in the details as assets and liabilities are weighed.
Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, USN, J-6, the Joint Staff, gives a plenary address at the AFCEA Solutions series forum covering information sharing.
We all know the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as the agency that grew out of its predecessor—the Defense Communications Agency (DCA)—to manage a full range of information technology systems and services for the Defense Department. But more than a name change took place since that transition. The DISA of today bears little resemblance to the organization that took on this expanded mission.
Better Internet communications adds to fleet connectivity.
A U.S. Navy communications specialist on an aircraft carrier monitors video channels, including satellite links. The Navy’s newest increment in its Automated Digital Network System, or ADNS, is employing new commercial technologies to permit more flexible bandwidth management for routing information on and off ship.
Autonomous systems and new types of sonar seek to detect, neutralize ship killers before they strike.
The U.S. Navy is automating the mine clearance mission with new technologies such as the battlespace preparation autonomous underwater vehicle (BPAUV). The BPAUV is designed to remotely locate and map enemy minefields with high-definition sonar.
Common interests bring professionals together online, then lead them to corporate collaboration.
SRA International Incorporated’s Second Life presence includes a conference room that can be blocked off so employees may conduct private meetings.
Information agency aims to move new capabilities to the tactical edge.
Two U.S. Air Force airmen control aircraft flying cover for ground operations in Iraq. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is working to extend its joint network capabilities to the tactical edge.
Capabilities that significantly alter how the military and its partners collaborate are poised for their full implementation.
Two airmen work in a communications van at a forward location. The Net-Centric Enabled Services content discovery and delivery product line saves deployed troops time and bandwidth because they are able to cache and store information locally.
Military development organization wants more private sector involvement and is blazing a trail toward more sharing and open dialogue.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has transformed its acquisition policy over the past several years, and the success of the new method has resulted in cost savings and faster deployments of capabilities. As new programs—both large and small—advance, the agency plans to be as open as possible with industry in an effort to create synergy that will generate the best solutions.