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The battle toward a unified defense information architecture is being waged on several fronts as different organizations and disciplines strive to break down silos and give the Defense Department its Joint Information Environment. Leading defense communicators agree that the force cannot prevail in future operations without a single information environment, but they must ensure that it does not ignore the specific needs of some individual elements within the defense community.
Different challenges and potential solutions were the focus of day 2 at AFCEA’s three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore May 12-14. The day began with a panel featuring military officers offering views from different command perspectives, and it ended with a panel of private sector technology officials discussing the challenges and solutions in their companies’ activities.
The explosion of information technologies is seeding Defense Department efforts to build the Joint Information Environment, but ultimately it will be emerging capabilities that enable the defense-wide endeavor to reach its full potential. Industry and government leaders discussed these technology issues on the first day of AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore May 12-14.
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The Joint Information Environment (JIE) will enable a single security architecture that may be the key to defending the U.S. military against attacks from cyberspace, said the Joint Staff’s top communicator on the final day of AFCEA’s three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium.
The U.S. military needs to take active measures to ensure that it acquires good cyber professionals, said the Joint Staff's communicator.
U.S. military forces will not be able to pursue operational goals successfully unless the Joint Information Environment (JIE) is implemented, according to a member of the Joint Staff.
The future soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and coast guardsman may be communicating with a mobile device attached to his or her wrist, if the vision of the nation’s top uniformed communicator comes to pass.
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Guest blogger Ed Bender from SolarWinds outlines the steps the U.S. Defense Department should take to secure and streamline information networks successfully toward the realization of the JIE. The department must strive for greater interoperability of NetOps and other IT management tools within the services.
The first wave of testing of the U.S. Defense Department’s joint regional security stacks now underway at military bases in Texas and Europe shows the hardware and software tasked with improved protection of the department’s network, expected to deliver unprecedented cyber situational awareness, is on track to deliver as anticipated, according to the department's acting chief information officer.
Two years ago, the Defense Department developed the Joint Information Environment framework. Since then, key stakeholders and drivers have worked to realign, restructure and modernize the department’s information technology networks to increase collaboration while reducing the cyberthreat landscape.
Network modernization is becoming a priority for defense agencies—and for good reason. Much of our defense network infrastructure was conceived 20 years ago and put into place almost a decade ago. While the networks remain the same, the technologies that depend on them have advanced, and innovation can no longer be supported by outdated and ineffective infrastructure.
The U.S. Defense Department is primed to take a first step toward the realization of JIE as it gears up information migration to the joint regional security stacks, or JRSS, a key upgrade to streamline and secure network operations.
Successful JIE implementation will require industry to be agile in providing key capabilities, particularly mobile communications. Gen. Bowman says reliable secure wireless and mobile command and control are the most important technologies needed from industry. “We’re talking about command and control devices on a tablet or some other handheld device—as well as helping us through the security wickets,” he expresses.
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