J-6s from across the Pacific include (l-r) Capt. Sandra Buckles, USN, U.S. Forces Japan; Capt. Judie Heineman, USN, Joint Task Force 519; Col. Frederick W. Mooney, USAF, U.S. Forces Korea; Col. Kristine M. Clifton, USAF, U.S. Alaskan Command; and panel moderator Brig. Gen. Ronald Bouchard, USA, U.S. Pacific Command.
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Linda Newton is the deputy chief of staff for C4I, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
U.S. forces may be on the verge of a new era of connectivity, information sharing and individual empowerment-if immediate needs are addressed, both programmatically and technologically. That was the message delivered by Linda Newton, deputy chief of staff for C4I, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Newton outlined two scenarios-near future and distant future-in which effective networking and new information technologies empower individuals regardless of location.
Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown, USCG, is the commander of the 14th Coast Guard District.
The U.S. Coast Guard's fight against minor maritime law violations may be a precursor to terrorism activities, according to one of its district commanders. Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown, USCG, commander, 14th Coast Guard District, described how fishing violations in U.S. exclusive economic zones may be laying the groundwork for terrorist actions in the same manner that piracy and terrorism have become linked.
|Maj. Gen. Mike Hostage III, vice commander, Pacific Air Forces|
The U.S. Pacific Air Forces are rolling out new technologies and capabilities to government and industry partners while seeking to consolidate for efficiencies. But, its vice commander bemoans continuing cultural and technological hurdles to effective network centricity.
|Speakers at the J-3 Panel include (l-r) Brian Woo, State Department adviser to U.S. Pacific Air Forces; Jeff Hensel, State Department Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance; Mike Dorris, counterterrorism specialist, FBI; Maj. Gen. Mike Hostage III, USAF, vice commander, Pacific Air Forces; and panel moderator Rear Adm. Charles W. Martoglio, USN, J-3, U.S. Pacific Command.|
Being joint is not sufficient for military operations in the 21st century, say leaders of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific. Col. Scott Blankenship, USMC, the G-6 for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, said that the complex environment of the 21st century requires new cooperative security concepts.
Central to these is to stay engaged with traditional partners while engaging with potential new partners. The Marines have worked with nontraditional partners such as Cambodia and Mongolia, and they are extending their efforts to other nations as well. Cultural, as well as technological, barriers must be overcome.
|Panelists listening to panel moderator (r) Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, USN, J-6, the Joint Staff, discuss support to the warfighter are (l-r) Col. Scott Blankenship, USMC, G-6, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific; Col. Bruce T. Crawford, USA, commander, 516th Signal Brigade; and Linda Newton, deputy chief of staff for C4I, U.S. Pacific Fleet.|
|Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, USAF, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, calls for a new approach to understanding networks.|
The biggest challenge in securing and operating networks efficiently may be to understand them-which currently is not taking place, said Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Leading off the first full day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, Gen. Fraser offered observations about network operations and security that tended to be more philosophical than technical.
While other commanders speak of esoteric needs, the head of the U.S. Army, Pacific cites both technological and cultural expertise as the key to mission success. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USA, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific, is calling for specific new technologies to help his force meet its dynamic mission requirements.
Intelligence officers in the Pacific theater have seen the future, and it is commercial. That was a point driven home by the opening panel in TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, now under way in Honolulu, Hawaii. The J-2 panel focused on intelligence challenges, and panelists cited the need for commercial technologies and capabilities to fulfill intelligence sharing needs across diverse coalitions and partnerships.
The next event we will feature here on SIGNAL Scape will be TechNet Asia-Pacific, Nov. 3-6 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii. SIGNAL Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Ackerman will be sending us updates as things break from the conference.
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