Association Feature

December 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

MILCOM 2005 brought together leaders from industry and government to share new ideas to support warfighters and first responders. Held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the conference drew a record number of attendees.
Leaders examine new ways to leverage technology to aid warfighters.

November 2005
By Cdre. Robert Howell, RN (Ret.)

Panelists discussing industrial linkages with NATO policy and procedures at the ACT Industry Day conference include (l-r) Aaron Fuller, Computer Sciences Corporation; Scott Harris, Lockheed Martin; Dr. Stefan Zoller, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company; and Dr. Burkhard Theile, Rheinmetall DETEC.
Both cooperation and independent activities may be key.

August 2005
By Maryann Lawlor

Rear Adm. Thomas E. Zelibor, USN, is the director of global operations, U.S. Strategic Command.
Network-centric operations call for balance between sharing and protecting information.

August 2005
By Cmdre. Robert Howell, RN (Ret.)

Gen. Rainer Schuwirth, GEAR, chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, questioned why it is so difficult for military communications to achieve the same levels of affordable interoperability that commercial companies offer their mobile telephone users.
Transformation, interoperability and standardization are benchmarks for change, they say.

August 2005
By Maryann Lawlor, Jeff Hawk and Henry S. Kenyon

August 2005
By Jeff Hawk

David Wennergren, chief information officer for the Navy, tells success stories to Transformation TechNet 2005 attendees.
Visionary optimism meets pragmatic reality at Transformation TechNet 2005.

June 2005

Thomas W. O’Connell, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, gives a keynote address at TechNet Tampa 2005.
Network-centric operations just one aspect of combating terror worldwide.

February 2001
By Melvin Ing

A vast area must be networked properly to ensure security.

New technology for the warfighter and the interoperability issues that encompass the expansive Pacific region were the focus of top-level leaders at the 15th annual TechNet Asia-Pacific 2000 Conference and Exposition held in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 5 to 7. The conference and exposition brought together numerous entities that make the warfighter successful. The location of activities at sites such as the USS Missouri, and the timing of the event during the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, highlighted the relevance of the conference.

May 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

“You can go from strategic to tactical in a heartbeat.”
—Rear Adm. Thomas E. Zelibor, USN, director of global operations, U.S. Strategic Command.



Rear Adm. Thomas E. Zelibor, USN, director of global operations, U.S. Strategic Command, launches TechNet International 2005 with the opening plenary address.

May 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

“Those terrorists didn’t attack us for our foreign policy. They attacked us for who we are and what we stand for--freedom.”
          —Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City.



Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, begins the second day of TechNet International 2005 with Wednesday’s opening plenary address.

May 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

“We want security baked in, not just bolted on.”
          — Brig. Gen. (Sel.) George Allen, USMC, director, C4, and CIO, U.S. Marine Corps.


January 1999
By Rear Adm. Dr. Sigurd Hess, GE N (Ret.)

Military, government and information technology professionals from the United States and 21 European countries attended the 19th Annual AFCEA TechNet Europe symposium and exposition in October to discuss the enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The event provided a forum for intense dialogue on the effects of internal adaptation and restructuring of the organization as it applies to its communications and information systems requirements.

April 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman and Michelle L. Hankins

Ashore, at-sea connectivity looms key to fulfilling rapidly changing missions in dynamic environment.

Economic uncertainties, a rapidly changing political picture, and growing regional rivalries complicate U.S. efforts to preserve security in the Pacific region. The world’s largest ocean abutting the most populous continent offers numerous challenges to U.S. forces counted on as the major font of stability in that area.

New information technologies planned for the services loom larger in the context of Asia-Pacific operations. Maintaining a long reach across vast geography is essential to implementing strategic and tactical goals, both political and military.

May 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Seamless interoperability demonstration addresses government, military information system tasks.

The federal government and the military are pursuing parallel paths to implement information systems as they incorporate commercial off-the-shelf technologies. Their varying paces of implementation have resulted in a polyglot of capabilities that, while different, must still interoperate and evolve as new technologies emerge from commercial innovators.

June 1999
By Maryann Lawlor

Vendors focus on systems, applications interoperability to provide ideas for addressing common concerns.

A microcosm of the global information grid, the key to network-centric operations, will provide GovTechNet International ’99 attendees with a preview of the possibilities that military, government and industry cooperation will offer in the future. More than 20 companies and government organizations have joined forces to present an advanced technology demonstration designed to reveal how individual capabilities can convene in a single environment to offer end-users data and processes that help solve challenges.

July 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Flexibility and ubiquity are welcome advances, now, control must be re-established on key issues.

The use of information technologies has increased faster than the ability of their users to recognize the technologies’ key issues, according to many international commercial and government experts. Interoperability, availability and security all are growing in importance as information technologies become increasingly indispensable in more aspects of society.

January 2000
By Col. Hans-Joachim Recke, GEA (Ret.)

Future North Atlantic Treaty Organization missions will rely extensively on information interoperability among member and nonmember nations. This will encompass combining existing military and commercial systems with emerging capabilities to provide rapidly deployable communications links.

February 2000
By Melvin Ing

Leaders count on information technology for operations into the next century.

Past met present and looked toward the future as top-level decision and policy makers convened in Hawaii to discuss the role of the military in the Pacific. With reminders of Pearl Harbor and the Cold War present, key military, industry and government leaders expressed the need for preparedness in the region. They also explored the technologies that are key to operations in the area.

April 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon, Robert K. Ackerman and Maryann Lawlor

Tom Ridge, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), described the role information plays in homeland security and his experiences in establishing the DHS at AFCEA’s Homeland Security conference.

As the war on terrorism enters its fourth year, experts offer that the U.S. government can congratulate itself for successfully launching a number of bold initiatives to protect national security.

April 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

Leaders to discuss latest operational requirements.

Military and government decision makers convene at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center next month to discuss requirements in current operations and to explore hundreds of technical solutions. TechNet International 2005, which takes place May 17-19, will address the issues that commanders know from experience are real challenges facing warfighters today.