September 2009

September 15, 2009

There is a quote used by countless writing teachers worldwide, and credited to almost as many writers, which reads, “I would have written a shorter letter, but didn't have time.” It’s time to bring that quote up to date given the way we fire off messages in a split second via email, instant messages (IMs) and “Tweets” (Twitter message). Today’s version should read, “I’m sorry that message was so dumb; I didn’t have time to make it smarter.”

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, ITN, chairman of the NATO Military Committee (l), meets with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan chief of Army Staff, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Atlantic alliance is striving to be more of a global organization that works with other nations and international groups to maintain security and reduce the threat of conflict.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Kent R. Schneider

I want to depart from my usual Commentary format this month to give you early notice about the upcoming AFCEA International membership survey. The information we derive from this survey is critical to us in our planning and budgeting process for the coming years.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

 
The new Recovery and Transparency Board can make it real—and matter.

We are now nine months into the Obama administration. During that time, some answers have emerged to the many issues that have popped up, but nearly as many questions remain. One lingering question involves defining transparency.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Rita Boland

 

The HMS Queen Elizabeth aft island mock-up is being built on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

British forces use a laptop to keep track of personnel and logistics. NATO is developing teams of cybersecurity experts that can deploy to the field on a moment’s notice to respond to cyberattacks.

National borders are no barriers to adversaries of the world’s oldest geopolitical alliance.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Rita Boland

 

During the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Customer Partnership Conference in April, DISA Director Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA (3rd from l), and others are briefed on the engineering aspects of the agency’s ability to uplink tactical radios quickly with satellite communications in a field environment.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Rita Boland

 

Depiction of Boeing Company’s Phantom Ray technology demonstrator, which will serve as a testbed for advanced unmanned aircraft systems.

Private development will offer a chance to explore experimental capabilities.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) is managing more than 60 projects supporting International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan. These services range from logistics and technical support
to establishing and managing communications networks for ISAF forces such as these British Royal Marines Commandos operating in Helmand Province.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Contractors and military personnel collaborate, command and control from enclave one at the JFCOM Suffolk complex during CWID.

Warfighters take future capabilities for a test run.