Defense Operations Blog

Army Moves to Integrate Warfare Operations

December 14, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
From left, the Army’s Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost, Maj. Gen. John Morrison, and Maj. Gen. David Lacquement (Ret.) discuss at a recent AUSA event how the Army is integrating electronic warfare capabilities into a multifunction approach with cyber and intelligence operations.

To succeed in the global digital battlefield, the Army is building multifunction teams in electronic warfare and cyber operations.

Plan for Potential Degraded Operations

November 3, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, USN, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet discusses resiliency at TechNet Asia-Pacific., Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, USN, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet discusses resiliency at TechNet Asia-Pacific.

The low-cost entry to access the same technology the military uses leaves open the possibility for embedded attacks on the technology we depend on.

Sharing Information Supports Resiliency

November 2, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Reliance on C4 capabilities demands resiliency and cybersecurity baked into all aspects of system operations, bringing confidence in resilient communications to the warfighter. Speaking on a panel that addressed this topic were, l to r: Col. Jay Matos, USMC; Col. Joseph E. Delaney, USMC; Brig. Gen. Paul H. Fredenburgh III, USA;  Brig. Gen. Stephen C. Williams, USAF; and Col. James D. (Jim) Turinetti, IV, USA. Also on the panel was James Williams. , Panelists at TechNet Asia-Pacific discuss C4 capabilities.

Technology is rapidly changing, providing opportunities as well as challenges.

Ride Wave of Consequence With PACOM

November 1, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Lt. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, USA, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command, discusses military challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region at TechNet Asia-Pacific., Lt. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, USA, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command, speaks at TechNet Asia-Pacific., Lt. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, USA, speaks with an attendee at TechNet Asia-Pacific.

Partnering with industry, academia and other innovators is essential to make a difference in the Asia-Pacific region.

Winning Through Cultural Advantage Still Possible

November 1, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Culture and technology intersect in many ways, and a panel at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific discussed some of the issues that result, from l-r: Rear Adm. Patrick Piercey, USN; Candy Green, Will Bates and Air Commodore Phillip Champion, RAAF., Panelists at TechNet Asia-Pacific discuss the information technology and its impact.

Information technology’s impact on our culture is far deeper and more profound than many realize.

Army Sustainment Is a Team Sport

October 30, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Various offices work closely to provide key sustainment for the Army, panelists explained at MILCOM.

Collaboration is needed across various Army offices to ensure readiness.

Army Readiness Means a Focus on Equipment Sustainment

October 26, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, commanding general of CECOM, speaks at MILCOM 2017 in Baltimore., Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, commanding general of CECOM, speaks at MILCOM 2017 in Baltimore.

Falling short on sustainment levels, CECOM aims to tighten the reigns to achieve readiness.

The Army Must Adapt to Succeed in the Future

October 24, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, Army CIO/G-6, speaks at MILCOM 2017 in Baltimore., Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, Army CIO/G-6, addresses the MILCOM 2017 audience in Baltimore.

To regain the advantage lost in the cyber-realm, the Army aims at modernizing its network and harnessing technologies.

Budget Constraints, Technology Needs Challenge Marine Corps

October 23, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
 Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director C4/CIO, speaks at MILCOM in Baltimore.,  Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director C4/CIO, speaks at MILCOM in Baltimore.

Marine Corps CIO sees the need for more mobile information technology and better data processing and acquisition processes.

Military Satellite Programs to Leverage Partnerships

October 23, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Robert Tarleton, director, MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, speaks at MILCOM 2017.

Harnessing industry and international partnerships will reduce costs and increase performance.

Secure Wi-Fi Enters the Battlefield

October 20, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gerard Holodak, USA, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, fires a confined space, light anti-armor weapon at Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Classified Wi-Fi will improve the agility and operational flexibility of Army command posts by allowing commanders and staff to stay securely connected and make faster, more informed decisions on the battlefield, Army officials say. Photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton, USAF, Technological advancements in hardware and software offer key size, weight and power improvements needed for mobile tactical operations. Photo courtesy of PacStar

High-security Wi-Fi for classified military operations is now available, thanks to improvements in hardware, software and policy.

Radar System Deftly Tracks Ballistic and Cruise Missiles

September 27, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
The USS O’Kane stands ready in Hawaii. The new radar system the Navy is testing would help safeguard the fleet from both ballistic and cruise missile threats. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

New radar that tracks both ballistic and cruise missiles provides an additional safeguard for the fleet.

There's a New Game in Town

September 21, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Operation Overmatch pits innovation against reality in a virtual environment.

U.S. Army introduces an online multiplayer game that allows soldiers to design the future battlespace.

Individual Growth Key to Military Might

September 5, 2017
By 1st Lt. Maxim Yershov, USA
The military offers enlisted and officer personnel many educational opportunities to further their careers. One such option is preparing for and taking the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, or ITIL, exam. Staff Sgt. Timothy Watkins, USA, 52D Signal Battalion, Stuttgart, Germany, is pictured.

The military services offer warfighters extensive professional development; unfortunately, many fail to explore all options. 

Training the CEMA Force

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers

“They’re going to hit us and hit us and hit us, and the only way we’ll be able to survive and to operate through that is to start expanding the level of  training and the experience that we have operating with degraded systems or sometimes no systems at all.” —Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA (Ret.), former director of command, control, communications and computers/cyber for the Joint Staff

NETCOM Commander Touts SMART-T

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers
The Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal, a Desert Storm-era system, could save lives on the modern battlefield, says the NETCOM commander.

Using commercial cellphones on the battlefield puts soldiers at risk of demoralizing and potentially deadly propaganda campaigns.

Sensor Profusion Burdens Networks

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors offer critical capabilities, but they also burden the U.S. Army's networks.

PEO IEW&S seeks enhanced sensors that do not overload the networks and electronic warfare systems that adapt with the threat.

Simplicity: The Most Overlooked Principle of Warfare

August 8, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Army command posts that take 72 hours or systems that require a doctorate degree to operate, are not effective on the battlefield, says a corps commander preparing to deploy to the combat theater.

“I need solutions that are simple and intuitive and do not require field service reps, to be very blunt.”-- Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II, USA, commander, III Corps

Army Confronts the Changing Face of War

August 8, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2017.

Future battlefields may include robots, AI, quantum computing and driverless convoys, as well as cyber and other game-changing capabilities.

U.S. Army Conducts Cyber Integration Projects

August 8, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr. (l), commander, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2017.

The Army seeks to define cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) formations through pilot projects.

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