Association Feature

March 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Geospatial intelligence demands strong public/private partnerships.

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency is in the midst of a pivotal year as it creates its own functional identity as the geospatial intelligence provider for military and homeland security organizations. The agency will be looking for substantial support from the commercial sector—including foreign companies—while it transforms and concurrently meets the growing needs of the defense community.

March 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Experts share insight about new missions, solutions.

The future role of information technology in support of homeland security and the war on terrorism initiatives will be the focus of TechNet International 2003, May 6-8. In its new venue—the recently opened Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.—AFCEA International will offer three days of information presentations and technology demonstrations in an integrated setting.

April 2003
By Robert K. Ackerman and Beverly P. Mowery

Changes currently underway are essential to victory in conflict.

The force transformation that is sweeping the U.S. military is an integral part of the global war on terrorism. Rather than being a hindrance to the 18-month-old war, this transformation may be necessary for U.S. forces to prevail both at home and abroad. The transformation is not merely about technology, however. Cultural and organizational concepts must be changed, and all of the services and the Congress must develop new ways of funding and enacting defense changes.

April 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Convention integrates information and technology to meet homeland defense requirements.

Today’s challenges call for cooperation and collaboration among the various agencies charged with ensuring homeland security. Information technology systems will be the conduit through which critical data will be shared, and senior government leaders are looking for solutions in several areas, including information security, maritime monitoring and interagency collaboration. TechNet International 2003 will showcase these capabilities and provide a forum for discussion about future requirements.

August 2004
By Maryann Lawlor, Henry S. Kenyon, Robert K. Ackerman

August 2004
Maryann Lawlor and Henry S. Kenyon

August 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

Services pursue new paradigms.

Lessons learned from operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom are influencing transformation efforts across the U.S. military. Speakers and panelists featured at Transformation TechNet 2004 emphasized that information technology tools enhanced mission effectiveness; however, much work remains to improve capabilities, concepts of operations, acquisition methods and force structure.

May 2003
By Henry S. Kenyon and Maryann Lawlor

In the 18 months following the terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has undergone a series of structural changes. At the state and federal levels, efforts are underway to enhance communications and information-sharing infrastructures among agencies and other organizations. Public institutions also have reached out to the private sector to form partnerships designed to protect vital national infrastructures.

July 2004
 

Military, government and industry experts gathered at the AFCEA Alamo Chapter’s Fiesta Informacion 2004 in April to present their perspectives on the transformation—its successes, problems and evolving requirements. During the three-day symposium, more than 2,300 registrants heard panels addressing interoperability, security, collaboration, and integration issues and challenges.

Gen. John P. Jumper, USAF, chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, kicked off Fiesta Informacion 2004 during his keynote luncheon speech by challenging industry “to give him ideas and solutions.” He stressed that he wanted “IT ahead of its time to help put the cursor over the target.”

July 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Effective change requires comprehensive approach.

Information systems are an important part of U.S. military transformation, but they are only one component of a complex continuous journey for the armed forces. Culture, processes and concepts also must change, and government agencies across the board must transform as well for the United States to retain its leadership role.

July 2003
By Maryann Lawlor, Henry S. Kenyon, Robert K. Ackerman

From military operations to homeland security efforts, networked information systems help win the battles.

The success of operations in the Persian Gulf indicates that advanced communications systems are sure to be among the crucial assets put to use by military and government agencies as they work to ensure homeland security. TechNet International 2003 speakers reiterated this point as they shared their views about the importance of information systems in the war on terrorism and in government agency cooperation. Changes continue to take place in technology, policies and procedures, they agreed.

July 2003
By Maryann Lawlor, Henry S. Kenyon, Robert K. Ackerman, Tanya Y. Alexander

Military and federal government leaders agree that information systems will be key enablers in forming the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and protecting the nation. Speakers and panelists at TechNet International 2003 shared information and insight about the road ahead for the department and how industry will support its work. One chief concern is how to facilitate coordination and collaboration between federal agencies, among various levels of the government and within multiple emergency response organizations.

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Adm. Vern Clark, USN, chief of naval operations, addresses a standing-room-only luncheon at West 2004.

Despite recent gains, more hurdles remain.

May 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon, Maryann Lawlor, Cheryl Lilie

Janet Hale, undersecretary for management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), outlined upcoming improvements for the organization’s enterprise architecture, noting that a single wide area network will be in place by late 2004.

January 2004
 

 

TechNet Europe 2003, held in Rome, drew a multinational, multifaceted audience for its conference theme "Internet: Friend or Foe?" 

NATO forces must overcome hurdles as they seek to exploit its technology.

February 2004
By Capt. Jim Hickerson, USN (Ret.)

 

Adm. Walter F. Doran, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses attendees at AFCEA's TechNet Asia-Pacific 2003 Conference and Exposition in Honolulu. 

Government, military and industry attack “the tyranny of distance.”

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