TechNet Land Forces South 2012

July 12, 2012
By Rita Boland

Markets in the United States and Europe are down, but plenty of places around the globe are still eager to buy from defense contractors, and those companies that want to be of value to the U.S. Defense Department need to sell worldwide. Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, USA (Ret.), vice president, government business development, Harris RF Communications, addressed this topic at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa on Thursday. The general said Australia and other countries in the Pacific region are purchasing new technologies, offering opportunities to vendors hurting from reduced budget cuts to government resources in the West. Gen.

July 12, 2012
By Rita Boland

The U.S Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility is more tumultuous than ever, and the military leaders overseeing U.S. efforts there actively work to mitigate the major disruptive factors. "The Sunni/Shi'a conflict is our biggest challenge," Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, USA, chief of staff, CENTCOM, stated today during his keynote address at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida. That friction plays out in the violence of the region. In particular, CENTCOM is focusing on deterring Iran and countering the insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The top three problems that keep the CENTCOM commander, Gen.

July 12, 2012
By Rita Boland

TechNet Land Forces South included the PlugFest event in which three competitors integrated various capabilities to prove the viability of rapid innovation integration. Trophies were handed out today in a special ceremony at the conference. Congratulations to Stephen Guerin from Simtable who won first place for his work on the common operational picture portion of the competition.

Steve Price of Omni Rational Enterprises took second place for his work on the training piece. Edwin Sanchez from Systematic finished third. He worked on the command and control portion.

July 12, 2012
By Rita Boland

Unless the U.S. military starts moving toward a cloud and consolidates services, it never will place a network in the field. Brig. Gen. Lawrence Wayne Brock III, USAR, deputy commanding general, 335th Signal Command (Theater), made that statement during his discussion about successes, challenges and the way ahead for in-theater communications at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida.

July 12, 2012
By Rita Boland

Working together in coalition or interagency environments is hard, even after years of not just talking about it but also operating that way. However, partners must continue working to put the right people, processes and technologies in place to win battles or solve humanitarian problems. During a panel discussion Thursday at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida, about teaming with agency partners on reconstruction and beyond, Jim Craft, chief information officer for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, stated that, "Evil is creative." Interagency partners much match that creativity to defeat it.

July 11, 2012
By Rita Boland

Mobility is the major game-changing trend over the course of the next five years, but securing it will pose a range of challenges. Members of the industry panel today at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida, brought out their crystal balls to forecast the communications landscape five years from now and how the defense industry can prepare for the upcoming changes.

July 11, 2012
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army has started to use the same faster-upgrades process introduced recently within its brigade combat teams for its information technology (IT) community. Just as Capability Sets 13 and 14 are providing quicker acquisitions for tactical units, the Army's chief information officer (CIO)/G-6 is creating capability sets for small, medium and large posts. The result should be a clearer process for introducing necessary improvements as well as making arguments for the required funds easier.

July 11, 2012
By Rita Boland

Coalition successes and challenges in Afghanistan offer opportunities for partners to improve interagency operations in the future. Col. David W. McMorries, USMC, who addressed the crowd at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, recently returned from Regional Command Southwest where he served as the C-6. He also filled the role of G-6 for II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and is preparing to assume command of the Marine Corps Networks Operations and Security Center.

July 10, 2012
By Rita Boland

The command, control, communications and computers (C4) challenges are numerous for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), but the organization's effective J-6 has several suggestions about how industry can help. John A. Wilcox, the director of communications systems and chief information officer, SOCOM, laid out these items during a keynote address at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida. He also told the audience what keeps him up at night.

July 10, 2012
By Rita Boland

Before interagency became the hot buzzword it is today, groups involved in the protection of U.S. borders have banded together to stop illicit goods and individuals from crossing into the country. Technology aids that battle, but it also gives the enemy unprecedented advantages. During a panel focused on interagency cooperation for border security at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida, various members of the military and law enforcement communities gave their take on the issue.

July 11, 2012
By Rita Boland

For all the consternation caused by the nearly $500 billion cut to the U.S. defense budget, people can rest assured the reductions are manageable and carefully considered, according to Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, USAF, vice commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida. If an additional $500 billion is cut, then he has concerns, he added, as he discussed how special operations forces (SOF) fit into the budget and defense strategy.