Even when interoperability challenges are not technical in nature, technology can help overcome the problems. Using cognitive interoperability may allow personnel to avoid thorny cultural issues that plague many attempts at interoperability.
The virtual landscape and ongoing technology trends favor cyber attackers throughout the digital realm. And, that imbalance is likely to worsen as more state players exploit new capabilities for inflicting severe damage through cyberspace.
This issue was explored by a panel on cyber and intelligence on day two of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held in Honolulu December 9-11. All the panelists agreed that the deck is stacked in favor of cybermarauders, and that situation is likely to worsen.
The most dangerous threat to the United States may come from cyberspace rather than terrorists, according to a panel of experts. A cyberspace attack could wreak damage that would change the nature of the country, they suggested.
This was one of many issues discussed by a panel on cyber and intelligence on day two of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held in Honolulu December 9-11. The panelists offered that cyber and terrorism are the most realistic threats facing the United States.
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“For mobility, we have to start thinking intercollaborability.”—Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting chief information officer
As the only trusted major power in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States literally finds itself at the heart of all coalition networking activities. Amid the pivot to the Pacific, the nation also is striving to modernize the force while it confronts budgetary uncertainties domestically and abroad.
The U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force is beginning to enter the fray, but it still lacks full strength and expertise. Teams are being assigned to combatant commands as quickly as possible, yet their missions are still taking shape.
Lt. Gen. James "Kevin" McLaughlin, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command, described the status of the Cyber Mission Force to the breakfast audience at day two of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held in Honolulu December 9-11. Gen. McLaughlin explained that half the teams focus on defending, while the other half focus on initiating activities.
The U.S. secretary of defense recently approved a Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) concept and Joint Force Headquarters DODIN Operations within the U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) headed by the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The new organization falls under CYBERCOM, but it is headed by Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, DISA’s director.
Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command, explained this construct to the breakfast audience during the second day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu. It represents a shift in focus for cybersecurity.
Achieving effective cybersecurity will require instant visibility across the entire defense network. As attacks become more destructive, programs under development such as joint regional security stacks (JRSS) become all the more important, according to the deputy director of the U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).
Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, USAF, described this challenge to the breakfast audience at day two of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held in Honolulu December 9-11. Many cyber attacks today take ownership of systems and destroy information, and any lag in response time is detrimental to the network.
The U.S. Defense Department will be greeting Christmas this year with its first wireless network inside the Pentagon. On December 23, a test network will be switched on to help lay the groundwork for departmentwide wireless connectivity.
On Monday, December 15, the U.S. military services will be notified that they no longer have to go through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for cloud services, according to the Defense Department’s acting chief information officer (CIO). Terry Halvorsen told the Tuesday luncheon audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014 in Honolulu, being held December 9-11, that Monday’s memo will tell the services they have the authority to buy cloud services without DISA’s approval.
The success of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) may depend on the successful implementation of the Joint Regional Security Stacks, or JRSS, according to the Defense Department acting chief information officer (CIO). Terry Halvorsen told the Tuesday luncheon audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, that JRSS implementation is his office’s top priority for the JIE.
A new term for interoperability may have emerged from the office of the U.S. Defense Department’s chief information officer (CIO). Intercollaborability was described to the Tuesday luncheon audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, by Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting CIO.
Halvorsen explained that cooperation happens when people want to protect their piece of the pie, while collaboration occurs when people think there is more of the pie. Intercollaborability describes the combination of collaboration and interoperability.
Ashton Carter, the nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, should have better access to the White House than did his predecessor, said a former Defense Department official. John Grimes, former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, offered that Carter will need to be able to reach beyond the barriers that Hagel faced to be effective in a time of great change in the department.
Easily configurable networks that can accept a variety of technical capabilities with secure links are at the top of the wish list for the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific. Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, described the need for this flexible networking to the audience at the opening breakfast for TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014 in Honolulu, December 9-11.
Establishing a clear and effective mission partner environment (MPE) will require careful planning to avoid the development of new silos amid the Joint Information Environment (JIE). Ultimately, a Defense Department planning group may hold the key to success.
The United States must be the key player in the Asia-Pacific region without having a regional NATO-type alliance, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific. Speaking at the opening breakfast for TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held in Honolulu December 9-11, Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, described how any coalition in the region must be ad hoc and the United States must be at its nexus.
As many as four factors may determine the degree of interoperability achieved in an ad hoc international coalition, according to the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific. Speaking at the opening breakfast at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, outlined what he described as the four facets of interoperability.
U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region are faced with the daunting challenge of upgrading their technologies at the risk of losing interoperability with small but vital potential coalition allies. Potential adversaries are closing the military technology gap with the United States, so the nation must push ahead with efforts to maintain a cutting-edge technology advantage over countries that might challenge the United States and its allies.
SIGNAL's real-time reporting will begin with the opening remarks by Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USA, December 9, and will continue throughout the conference. Bookmark the event coverage site and check back frequently for new content.
The U.S. Air Force intelligence architecture is a global network that ties together all of its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), according to a high-ranking Air Force official. With the coming introduction of the F-35, it will be adding even more sensor data to the network as the aircraft serves as an ISR node.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has transformed into an organization with intelligence as its core of operations, according to its director. This approach strengthens the bureau’s traditional activities of crime solving, and it enhances its work protecting the country against enemies within its borders.
In a closing plenary speech, FBI Director James Comey described these activities at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Comey explained that the bureau built on reforms begun by his predecessor, and they give the FBI increased strength in all its operations.