June 2006

June 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The scenario for Multinational Experiment 4 (MNE4) focused on ongoing operations in Afghanistan. It is the goal of MNE4 to develop new strategies that can be applied to peacekeeping and stability efforts in many parts of the world.
Multinational tests examine ways to win wars by building bridges, not destroying them.

June 2006
By Lt. Gen. Michael W. Peterson, USAF, Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Which emerging technology will have the biggest impact on your organization in the future?

“Bringing home the bacon” is an old saying that in one of its interpretations means providing for the necessities of life. A new U.S. Air Force variation might be “bringing home the BACN”—or the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, a force multiplier that will help offset force reductions and bring new, affordable communications capabilities of which the warfighter could only until recently dream.

June 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

June 2006
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

June 2006
By Rita Boland

 
Experts forecast that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) such as the Global Hawk will have new missions in the future. In addition to hunting for information, they may be equipped with weapons to become fighting aircraft.
Innovation and improvement will affect product development and market growth.

June 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The U.S. Army’s force generation (ARFORGEN) model will facilitate the transition of the service’s formations to modular units. Based on brigade combat teams, they can be deployed more rapidly to global trouble spots and be quickly combined into mission-specific forces.
Transformation effort morphs large, unwieldy units into lighter, agile components.

June 2006
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Warfighters examine technologies headed for Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment ‘06 during the third spiral leading up to the main event, which occurred at the end of April. The ground-laying work takes place on the main floor of the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
Air Force aims to meet warfighters’ urgent communication needs at Mach speed.

June 2006
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Air Force communications engineer at a combined air operations center uses a radio over Internet protocol router network communication system to monitor Iraq convoy operations. New technologies are adding important new capabilities in Iraq, but they also are causing some problems as innovations pour into the network.
A trip to the front brings home issues and answers.

June 2006
By Rita Boland

 
Navy warfighters will benefit from programs such as agent-based computing, which coalesces large amounts of data, sorts through it then delivers warnings, answers or smart searches to the operator.
Sailors are looking to turn data into knowledge and communicate over a wider area.

June 2006
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

June 2006
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)