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Pacific Rim's Shot at Harmony

October 8, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

PACOM has the overarching responsibility for ensuring security in the Asia-Pacific region. The organization's commander offers that if PACOM can get its five focus areas right, it will have achieved its goals and enable it to focus on other challenges. What's the ideal future scenario? Read the complete interview and share your input.

Drills Drive Home Disaster Readiness and Mission Rehearsal

October 1, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

PACOM's effort to increase interaction between the U.S. and foreign governments through training exercises can reduce the potential for disputes or conflicts. What more can be done in the area to promote security and stability? Share your ideas here.

Military Changes On Tap for Ally Across the Pond

September 28, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The United Kingdom plans to undertake the monumental task of restructuring its defense forces, equipping them to face current and future challenges more effectively. Do its plans thus far adequately address the major threats? Or, has it failed to focus more on specific contingencies? Share you ideas and suggestions here.

NATO Agency Streamlines Biz Ops

September 17, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The NATO NC3A's ultimate goal is interoperability among alliance nations and their regional neighbors, and it is poised to provide more innovative, cost-effective tools. On its current path, is the NC3A meeting its challenges, and will these solutions prove successful in the long term? Discuss your ideas here.

Battlefield Robotics: A New "Leash" on Unmanned Life

September 13, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The notion of robots as trusted companions on the battlefield is no longer limited to the scope of science fiction or TV adventure. With the U.S. Army's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance and its members forging ahead on autonomous technologies, warfighters may just very well have their own "Lassie" to save the day. What more can be done to enhance robotic artificial intelligence to benefit the troops? Share you ideas here.

It's a Joint World After All

September 3, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

CWID 2010 has continued its tradition of showcasing innovative technologies in an active, joint scenario. Participants now "play and learn" in a realistic environment modeled after the combat theater of Afghanistan. While some believe CWID has outlived its usefulness, others advocate its importance to joint operations in the international arena. What's your opinion?

Finding Needles in the Cyberspace Haystack

August 27, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

NACMAST aims to broaden the view of the cyberwarfare intelligence base, and Seminole is one solid outcome of these efforts. Read the full article to learn more about this testbed and Seminole's components and operation. Share your views on this IDS architecture's current status and its potential for future success.

Typewriter-Trained Techies Pass IT Baton to the Web Weaned

August 16, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The changeover to another generation of IT professionals is inevitable; it's happening right now. But does the federal IT community have a handle on just what this transition entails, and have the Defense Department and other organizations prepared adequately to take on the changes consistently and effectively? Will they end up with a deer-in-the-headlights look, or will they be able to adjust without a hitch? Discuss your ideas and suggestions here.

Defense Network Evolution Into Unknown Future

August 6, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The military services haven't accepted the GIG or NECC as a unifying design. Has this been to their detriment? What other initiatives underway could bridge the interoperability gap and enable networks to expand to meet global C2 needs? Share your expertise, ideas and suggestions here.

Information Sharing in Afghanistan

August 2, 2010
By H. Mosher

Linton Wells II points to UnityNet as an example of how information sharing can support U.S. and coalition strategy in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the globe. He then challenges readers: "Now think of how you can support UnityNet-like approaches."

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