October 2008

October 2008

On Cyber Patrol Cartoon Oct 08

Now where did you put that laptop? You’d better look harder. A soon-to-be published HQDA Execution Order will direct the Army to locate, identify and categorize its information technology (IT) assets as part of an overall strategy to optimize resources and increase force protection.

October 2008
By Col. Alan D. Campen, USAF (Ret.)

The task seemed simple enough: The U.S. military services should use a technological edge to adapt forces to whatever type of fight came to pass. They were prodded by an impatient secretary of defense who saw information technology as the means to win conventional wars quickly with less force. But, U.S. armed forces also were instructed by the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review to prepare for combat operations against new, elusive nonstate foes, with a focus on multiple irregular, asymmetric operations. They also had to give equal weight to combat and sustainability operations.

October 2008
By Kent R. Schneider

With the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan amid the Global War on Terrorism, it is easy to become focused on the Persian Gulf and U.S. Central Command, on NATO and Europe, and on the domestic homeland security threat. However, outside of these areas lies half of the Earth’s surface, and it comprises many of the challenges present in other parts of the world.

October 2008
By Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.)

October 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

October 2008
By Michael A. Robinson

Intelligence sales grow faster than those to defense and civilian agencies.

When he is not selling software to federal agencies and major corporations, Curt Kolcun likes to unwind on his 26-acre “farm” near the historic town of Leesburg, Virginia, about 40 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. The capital commute sometimes can seem like capital punishment, but Kolcun doesn’t seem to mind.

October 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A Delta II booster launches a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload into orbit. The NRO is revamping its ground architecture to enable its space-based assets to suit burgeoning new warfighter missions.
The key to the future overhead may lie at our feet.

October 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Visitors to the Joint Intelligence Laboratory (JIL) in Suffolk, Virginia, view a virtual reality demonstration. The JIL is part of the Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence, U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM).
Innovative technologies help create joint solutions at the speed of war.

October 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

October 2008
By Rita Boland

 
Workers install a microwave tower at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, as part of the Product Manager, Defense Wide Transmission Systems’ Digital Microwave Upgrade program.
Efforts will replace outdated technology and offer redundancy and survivability.

October 2008
By Rita Boland

 
U.S. military, U.S. civilian and German military Multinational Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT) planners update relief operations during the Southeast Asia tsunami response effort.
Multinational partnership connects militaries and other agencies early to improve cooperation before disaster strikes.

October 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Army staff sergeant (r) helps train Indonesian soldiers in a Warrior Leader Course. Designed to build more effective noncommissioned officers, this training program is one of many undertaken by the U.S. Army, Pacific to strengthen ties between the Army and friendly forces throughout the large Asia-Pacific region.
A vast region taxes the full range of human expertise.

October 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) manages a number of initiatives promoting multinational information sharing. Because interoperability is a key factor for coalition operations, exercises such as this year’s RIMPAC bring together forces from across the region to hone their command and control capabilities.
U. S. Pacific Command-managed efforts focus on multinational cooperation, shared standards.