November 2007

November 2007



A recent study showed that people have two great fears at work: failure and the boss.  That's no big surprise.  SPAN>It was that way in our parents' day.  The way they handled it was to think before they acted so that mistakes were reduced and the boss was kept happy. Now these classic fears have a new critical factor – time and how little of it there seems to be. SPAN>

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November 2007
By Rita Boland and Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) takes off on patrol from Balad Air Base, Iraq. Not only do UAVs provide vital intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq, they also may be called on to provide airborne communications links among forces throughout the region.
New battlefield capabilities are laying the groundwork for big-ticket programs.

November 2007
By Kent R. Schneider

In my commentary last month, I discussed information sharing, a topic that has reached virtually every organization in government and industry. This month I address command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) in the tactical environment. The two are closely related, as their symbiotic relationship virtually dictates that success in one is essential for success in the other.

November 2007
By Cmdr. Gregory E. Glaros, USN (Ret.)

Not long ago, network-centric warfare (NCW) theologians stated that the information advantage generated by information technology could provide a new competitive warfighting advantage on tomorrow’s battlefield. For the first time in the history of warfare, geographically dispersed forces would be completely networked and thus much more effective. Other terms soon followed to operationalize the theory, such as information/knowledge superiority and information dominance. These terms were operationally refreshing, philosophically mesmerizing and intellectually seductive.

November 2007
By Tim Albone

 
Maj. John Fraser, USA (r),
of the Communications Embedded Training Team, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan, trains Afghanistan National Army soldiers on the PacStar 5500 advanced deployable communications system.
Internet protocol-based communications offers beleaguered country’s military efficient and secure systems.

November 2007
By Maryann Lawlor

 
The Maritime Headquarters with Maritime Operations Centers (MHQ with MOCs) will boost the U.S. Navy’s ability to work with combined and joint air operations centers. This particular team monitored the skies over the Baltic countries during NATO’s Riga Summit in Latvia in 2006.
Navy’s operations centers standardize to broaden support at the operational level.

November 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Secretary of the Army Peter Geren warns against information overload in his address at LandWarNet 2007.
Fast-changing technologies open eyes to possibilities, yet provide no clear path.

November 2007
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Mining medical data in the private sector presents several challenges because of liability and privacy concerns. Some of these issues also exist in the military medical environment; however, medical information routinely is being collected digitally in the battlespace today.
New opportunities surface when organizations capitalize on captured client information.

November 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

November 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Silent Knight terrain-following/terrain-avoidance (TF/TA) radar will allow special operations aircraft to fly low-altitude missions with a low probability of detection. The radar also features new capabilities such as color weather displays and tactical data to enhance pilot’s situational awareness.
New technologies enhance low-level flying for special operations.

November 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
U.S. and Australian officers pull up information on a computer screen during a coalition exercise. The U.S. Defense Department is trying to stay one step ahead of emerging technology capabilities as it formulates data policies and procedures to serve all manner of network-centric forces.
Information access is in vain if data is not visible and understandable.

November 2007
By Rita Boland

 
Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, employ the Land Warrior system in Iraq. The 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry is the first unit to use the technology in combat operations.
The next generation of warfighting technology is deployed and changing how the military carries out missions.

November 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

November 2007
By Rita Boland