Emphasis on fighting terrorists’ asymmetric tactics leaves services less prepared to fight conventional warfare.
“This enemy is not going to go away any time soon.”
—Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, commander, JFCOM, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
If you have not been to Europe lately, you need to reflect on how the continent has changed dramatically in recent years. Little has remained constant. The European Union has grown in scope and role and, with it, the euro has emerged as a major international currency. NATO has grown in size and mission, now embracing 26 nations. The end of the Cold War has brought about reconciliation and integration of eastern and western Europe. Globalization has fostered greater interdependence and significantly altered relationships among Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the world. And, the threat profile for Europe and the rest of the world has changed.
The need for assuring identity is clear, but the path to achieving it is not.
Bob Lentz, deputy assistant secretary of defense for information and identity assurance, emphasizes its importance to all information technology activities while speaking at AFCEA’s Solutions Series conference on identity assurance.
FBI seeks the best of the best in nonproprietary, interoperable biometrics collection tools.
Battle management applications, tools, provide land forces with greater interoperability, combat capability.
The Spanish army is upgrading its command and control systems with an integrated set of capabilities. The ne.on system, developed by Amper Systems, Madrid, will provide the military with battlefield management, blue force tracking and virtual training.
Tactical modernization efforts near deployment, but nations take different approaches to meet domestic, export goals.
The Warrior 21 ensemble is an updated version of the EADS-manufactured Infanterist der Zukunft ensemble used by the German army. The kit is designed for export and is currently nearing production and deployment by the Swiss and Spanish armies.
Modernization initiative gains momentum as government lays out plans for network-centric ground forces.
The goal of the French army’s Scorpion program is to create a more flexible, network-centric force that can operate in a variety of missions, from full combat to counterinsurgency
and humanitarian efforts.
But upgrading legacy systems does not necessarily achieve interoperability.
Two new Czech Republic JAS-39 Gripen aircraft fly in formation. Confronted with a large bloc of obsolete or non-interoperable hardware, the Czech military has been replacing some systems outright and upgrading others to extend their usefulness.