The U.S. Cyber Command's Cyber Mission Force is generating teams and assigning them to combatant commands, but they are still in the learning phase for their missions. Half the teams will focus on defense, and the other half will focus on initiating activities.
As the only trusted major power in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States literally finds itself at the heart of all coalition networking activities. Amid the pivot to the Pacific, the nation also is striving to modernize the force while it confronts budgetary uncertainties domestically and abroad.
Creating an effective mission partner environment (MPE) is a daunting task entwined with that of the Joint Information Environment.
Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter will need better access to the White House than that experienced by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel. That is the conclusion of John Grimes, the former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, who called Carter an excellent choice for the department.
The new word for the Defense Department CIO office is intercollaborability. The goal is to encompass all options and then add some more.
Success for the Joint Information Environment may come down to the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), says the Defense Department's acting CIO. However, their success may hinge on acquisition reform.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) no longer will be the required go-to-group for military cloud services. Beginning Monday, December 15, the services will be able to choose their own clouds. DISA will be able to compete with commercial providers on an economic basis.
The Pentagon finally will begin a foray into wireless with a test program scheduled to begin December 23. Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting chief information officer, says the department has been late in implementing this capability.
Being able to project power across the vast and diverse reaches of the Asia-Pacific region will require a mobile and flexible network that will be able to follow the force and adapt to changing conditions and requirements, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific.
The United States must continue to improve its leading-edge technology to stay ahead of potential adversaries who are closing the technological gap. However, this risks losing interoperability with small nations that would be important allies in an ad hoc coalition. Working with partners well before a coalition is formed may help solve the problem.
Systems engineers are—and must be—focusing on technical issues that would enable interoperability across national lines; three other important facets ultimately may determine whether members of an ad hoc coalition can achieve effective interoperability in a multinational operation.
There never will be a NATO-type alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. So, the United States must host any ad hoc coalition that is to be successful in a multinational operation.
SIGNAL's real-time reporting will begin with the opening remarks by Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USA, December 9, and will continue throughout the conference.
The U.S. intelligence community must innovate and expand its capabilities menu just as critics are calling for greater oversight on its operations.
The FBI is focusing on cyberspace both as a tool for crime detection and prevention and as a venue for operations.
Always dependent on vital information for crime-fighting, the FBI has transformed itself into an integrated intelligence organization.
The global network that serves the U.S. Air Force also provides the connectivity it needs for intelligence operations.
The U.S. Navy is expanding its intelligence activities into areas that traditionally have been the purview of other services.
Because it operates in the same realms as all the other military services, the U.S. Marine Corps counts interoperability as its intelligence.
The U.S. Coast Guard brings new capabilities to defense intelligence as it integrates operations with the other services.