February 2002

February 2002
By Michael A. Robinson

An acquisition campaign gives way to an internal focus.

It is very rare that the experiences of one company can provide a snapshot of what has happened to the Internet sector, the U.S. economy and the technology industry in general.           

But in October 1999, when journalists, industry analysts and their initial public offering (IPO)-hungry colleagues on Wall Street said the Internet had ushered in an era of boundless economic vistas, a photograph of John Chambers, chief executive officer of Cisco Systems, San José, California, ran on the cover of the “new economy’s” magazine, Business 2.0.

February 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

Easy-to-use application analyzes site security, models threats.

A software analysis tool allows military and civilian managers of government facilities to evaluate vulnerability to terrorist attacks quickly. Now being installed at all U.S. military installations, the program calculates the risks that a variety of extremist organizations pose to a base or building, taking into account known tactics, methods of attack, preferred weapons and capabilities. This data is converted into graphics and three-dimensional models that can be stored and incorporated into reports.

February 2002
By Deborah Kern

Flexible coalition wide area networks, the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet, and miniaturized mobile wireless systems are key areas for successful warfighting, said military and industry leaders at the 16th annual TechNet Asia-Pacific conference in November. The three-day event, “Pacific Technology: Leading the Way in the Digital Future,” covered interoperability issues and new technologies. Top U.S. Defense Department leaders came to share their visions and describe their technical requirements for the future.

February 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Defense Emergency Preparedness Moves Into Cyberspace.

Technology is liberating the U.S. Defense Department from the chains of a single location by enabling it to become a network-centric department. The initiative to create a virtual Pentagon calls for taking advantage of advances in networking, Internet protocol, videoconferencing, mass storage and data transmitting technologies. These capabilities would allow military personnel to continue to collaborate and communicate in emergency situations even if systems within the Pentagon are damaged.

February 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Software tool connects the dots between related pieces of data.

The solution to information overload may lie in one of the key contributors to the phenomenon. Recently developed software now can address the complementary issues of managing data and making it more useful. Personnel at the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Experimentation Directorate are exploring systems that could transform military engagement methodology and usher in decision-based operations.

February 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Portal opens doors to one-stop service.

The U.S. Army is putting the power of Web technology behind its transformation into a knowledge-based force. The effort aims at improving the decision dominance of individual soldiers and the Army as a whole by sharing information and making its cumulative expertise a powerful instrument.

February 2002
By Sharon Berry

Knowledge templates may bring stability to businesses struggling in a changing economy.

Professionals often find solutions that repeatedly prove successful. By documenting these best-of-breed approaches, experts are now able to develop working taxonomies of patterns of success. Known as knowledge patterns, these resources will result in an array of tools to help conduct audits, develop strategies and make decisions.

February 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

Distance education programs allow soldiers to pursue knowledge, sharpen warfighting skills.

The U.S. Army has actively entered the distance learning arena with two programs that allow soldiers to earn college credits or improve their military occupational skills online from their primary bases or while deployed.        

February 2002
By Ramon Segura

Digital television technology enables asymmetrical network configurations.

The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency is exploring the use of digital video broadcast technology in both satellite and terrestrial versions. The technology would support the organization’s requirement for a system that can distribute large volumes of information to strategic, deployed and mobile nodes simultaneously at very high transfer rates.

February 2002
By Robert K. Ackerman

The fourth domain is becoming an arena of operations in its own right.

Military space activities increasingly are resembling their more terrestrial counterparts as their presence grows in military operations. The aboveworldly realm now has its own specific communications networks, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and even weather reports. Soon, it may feature new reusable transport systems and weapons designed to maintain supremacy in the highest frontier.

February 2002
By Robert K. Ackerman

Mapping organization look to innovation, industry for rapid response to crises.

The war against terrorism in Afghanistan has propelled the National Imagery and Mapping Agency into the future ahead of schedule. Faced with an urgent demand for intelligence on a region of the world not fully covered in its databases, the agency turned to private industry for products and services. And, it introduced advanced methods and products of its own to serve decision makers and warfighters.

February 2002
By Robert K. Ackerman

In with the new does not necessarily mean out with the old.

The U.S. Defense Department’s new generation of military communications satellites will be both forward-looking and backward compatible. They will introduce state-of-the-art capabilities with flexibility for upgrades, and they will be able to interoperate seamlessly with existing Milstar satellites.