June 2004

June 2004
By Cheryl Lilie

 
Disaster Management Interoperability Services (DMIS) software can provide the emergency management community with up-to-date weather reports and imported flood-plain maps to reduce the loss of life and property in natural disasters. 
Web and software tools provide crisis preparedness and recovery aid to first responders and citizens.

June 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

Citizens go online instead of standing in line to get information, services.

While the U.S. military is diligently building network centricity into the battlespace, the federal government is constructing virtual bridges between agencies and citizens on the home front. Cyberspace is now a two-way street where information is driven to the public, and citizens steer through the bureaucratic maze. Considerable advances already have been made, and plans on the drawing board promise to increase home-delivery of government services.

June 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

Flexible signaling capability pushes information to warfighters at the tip of the spear.

An experimental communications system may provide future combat vehicle crews with access to high-bandwidth intelligence and command and control applications. Part of a larger U.S. Defense Department effort to improve troops’ ability to receive and send data, this research program is developing technologies to open communications channels down to the most spectrum-starved tactical user.

June 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

Effort allows joint communications, coordination and information  sharing.

U.S. military personnel across all armed services soon may be able to share information quickly with the click of a mouse. A pilot program is using a software-based gateway to connect U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force networks in a single instant messaging system. The program planners seek to enhance communications for training and combat operations.

June 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 
A platoon leader uses the Dismounted Data Automated Communications Terminal (D-DACT) to navigate to designated grid coordinates provided by device developers during final testing earlier this year. Upon arriving at the location, the platoon leaders sent back information about what they observed in the area.
Marines let a stylus do the talking.

June 2004
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

The Goldwater-Nichols Defense Department Reorganization Act of 1986 instigated much of the transformation that is taking place in the military services today. It set the stage for the coordinated efforts outlined in Joint Vision 2010 and Joint Vision 2020 and set the armed forces on the path to becoming fully joint in operation, organization and doctrine. From the standpoint of technology, it has influenced the way systems are developed, tested and deployed.

June 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

June 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A soldier in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division inspects another soldier’s parachute before an air drop. Commanders may have a clearer picture of individual soldier readiness as a result of a new computer system that speeds vital deployment information up echelons of command.
A U.S. Army division looks to provide seamless link age across the information domain.

June 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England (c) walks with U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers and other personnel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Changes spearheaded by the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet are affecting the force transformation that defines Navy and Marine Corps operations on land, at sea and in the air.
Technology-enabled organizational transformation emerges.