Military

August 2001
By Maryann Lawlor

Military explores integrated command and control model.

The U.S. Joint Forces Command is examining the concept of permanent joint force headquarters units that would integrate the military disciplines involved in planning and executing operations. The headquarters could also be the focal point for drawing together the assets of various government agencies. Military leaders believe this could be a new step in the evolution of military affairs.

September 2003
By Robert K. Ackerman

Interoperability challenges; information empowers.

Communications experts in the United Kingdom’s Iraq War forces have paved the way for that country’s force transformation. The information networks that they established to serve British forces during the war both exploited a host of new solutions and exposed a range of challenges. Many of the lessons learned in that conflict are being applied to develop a new network-centric British military.

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group drive through a river to the Daychopan region of Afghanistan. Gen. Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.), commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) during the Afghanistan War, relates that the command began planning for operations in that country shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

The USS Mount Whitney, command ship of the U.S. Second Fleet, sails in support of operation Enduring Freedom. The commander’s brief has been enhanced by a new Web-based briefing tool that replaces traditional PowerPoint presentations.

Commander’s briefing now presents more than just the facts.

July 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

System answers questions: Where am I? Where are my buddies? Where is the enemy?

May 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Need for seamless network connectivity grows as federal agencies face increasing cooperative efforts.

The U.S. military will conduct its annual search for interoperability solutions next month with a renewed sense of urgency as nations continue to pull together to fight terrorism and government agencies pursue collaboration in homeland security efforts. Once again, this year, the focus will be on examining dozens of technologies that commands can employ to address immediate interoperability problems.

August 2001
By Maryann Lawlor

Military explores integrated command and control model.

The U.S. Joint Forces Command is examining the concept of permanent joint force headquarters units that would integrate the military disciplines involved in planning and executing operations. The headquarters could also be the focal point for drawing together the assets of various government agencies. Military leaders believe this could be a new step in the evolution of military affairs.

November 2001
By Sharon Berry

U.S. Defense Department service provider puts on a new game face.

Information assurance, preserving radio spectrum, ensuring interoperability and establishing secure wireless links are just some of the tasks on the menu for the Defense Information Systems Agency. The agency’s Defense Department-wide mandate has placed it at the nexus of the infosphere that increasingly is defining military operations worldwide.

July 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Tactics, strategies change to meet today’s threats.

Members of the U.S. armed forces will gather this month to participate in a major joint integrating experiment that could change the way the nation engages adversaries in the near future. According to military leaders, the experiment is the culminating point for assessing how the United States can conduct rapid, decisive operations in this decade.

April 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

Optical information switching technology and wideband ground terminals push network-centric warfare into orbit.

An advanced satellite communications program will use lasers and Internet routing technology to provide future warfighters with high-bandwidth connectivity. The lasers will link orbiting spacecraft directly with command centers, reconnaissance platforms and each other. By switching to light-based transmission, the system will free vital radio spectrum for a family of lightweight tactical terminals designed for mobile, over-the-horizon wideband communications.

November 2003
By James H. Ward

Networks to be managed at enterprise level.

The command in charge of the U.S. Army’s information systems is refocusing the way it provides services to its 1.3 million users. For the first time, Army personnel will receive a negotiated level of support that is based on service-level objectives and performance indicators. This effort, information managers say, will lead to measurable improvements in the quality of information processes the Army uses in its missions. In addition, this new service-level management process is scalable to the entire Army, they warrant.

January 2004
By Cheryl Lilie

 

A black and white photograph taken from a prototype reconnaissance round shows a person standing in a sod farm near Atlanta in the testing range for the device. 

“Point and shoot” takes on new meaning to the infantry soldier.

By Maryann Lawlor

 

U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Troop, 9th Cavalry Brigade Reconnaissance Team, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, ascend stairs while searching a house in Samarrah, Iraq. At a table-top war game later this month, the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and the U.S. Marine Corps will be examining techniques that can be employed in urban operations to improve effectiveness.

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