January 2010

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Paul A. Strassmann

The risks of social computing can be addressed in systems’ architecture.

The total population on the Internet is 1.6 billion. The majority of users engage in social computing, where numerous online services offer opportunities for sharing information. There are currently 156 social computing sites, but that number is growing to meet increasingly diverse interests. Sites with more than 15 million registered users include Digg, FriendFinder, Facebook, Flixster, Flickr, Friendster, Habbo, LinkedIn, MyLife, MySpace, Orkut, Plaxo, Twitter, YouTube, UStream and Wiki. These services had a total membership of 1.4 billion as of last fall.

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Kent R. Schneider

As we kick off the new year, it is appropriate to give you an update on AFCEA—what have we accomplished over the past year and where we are headed in 2010.

The year 2009 was good for AFCEA globally. As most of you know, we put both a strategic plan and an execution (500-day) plan in place. These plans are important to achieve a common vision for AFCEA and to provide a framework for decision making at every level of leadership. In these plans, two fundamental tenets of AFCEA were reaffirmed. First, AFCEA is a member-based organization, and service to all our members is Job 1. Second, our chapters remain the core of the association.

January 2010
By Linton Wells II

 
Effective coalition operations in Afghanistan may depend on unclassified data access.

January 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

The new U.S. Pacific Command J-6, Brig. Gen. Brett T. Williams, USAF, calls for a new relationship between communicators and operators at the opening breakfast of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2009.

Achieving the technology solution may be harder in cyberspace.

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

 

The DEFStar social networking front page has a clean look that enables users to immediately see the information that is most important to them.

Military and government personnel acquaint themselves with social media and each other.

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Rita Boland

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Rita Boland

 

The Army’s Warfighters’ Forums (WfFs) offer soldiers a chance to share information and bring key issues to leadership’s attention more quickly. The forums are fashioned around communities of interest.

Knowledge management tools speed issue resolution.

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Beverly Mowery

 

With a NATO focus, security experts from around the world gather in Brussels, Belgium, to explore the management of security and its technical and physical applications at TechNet International.

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Beverly Mowery

While the push forward for better collaboration and information-sharing capabilities will require technical advances, the experts at a NATO workshop in Brussels, Belgium, in October shared that they are struggling with an even bigger challenge than connecting the bits and bytes. The complex policy, governance and legal issues that a single interoperability level creates must be resolved because real lives are involved.

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

The major goal of the Interagency Shared Situational Awareness (IASSA) experiment was to provide commanders with an enhanced ability to share information. U.S. Joint Forces Command, which hosted the event, discovered that many of the technical hurdles to information sharing were easily overcome.

Tuesday, January 02, 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon