Coalition Operations

May 20, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
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The implications of 5G for the U.S. Defense Department are profound. Among the plethora of capabilities it will provide—enabling the Internet of Things, low latency, higher bandwidth—5G could be used to run a multilevel secure coalition communications system.

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the Army’s PEO for command, control and communications-tactical, speaks at TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Engaged in a concerted modernization effort, the U.S. Army is making strides in overcoming a persistent challenge—interoperability, according to Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the Army’s program executive officer for command, control and communications-tactical.

The Army’s network modernization plan and strategy calls specifically for officials to “define and develop the Mission Partner Environment to improve network joint interoperability and coalition accessibility.” Simply defined, interoperability is the ability to effectively communicate or share data with international partners and allies or even with other U.S. military services.

February 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers
British troops practice attack drills during exercises in Oman. U.S. and U.K. researchers have teamed with industry and academia to develop better technologies for future coalition forces.

Scientists supporting the U.S. and U.K. militaries are partnering to explore information system and distributed analytics solutions for coalition warfighters of the future. Possible solutions include a system that will generate security policies based on its understanding of its human users and technology capable of delving into information from a variety of sources to respond rapidly to warfighter queries.

November 15, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Asia-Paciifc 2016 discuss the need for trust in the cyber domain. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Trust—or a lack thereof—is one of the biggest impediments to information sharing among coalitions and partner nations, according to a panel of experts speaking at the AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific conference in Honolulu.

May 14. 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

East: Joint Warfighting 2013 Online Show Daily, Day 1

Adm. William E. Gortney, USN, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, set the tone for East: Joint Warfighting 2013 taking place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia, May 14-16, when he opened the conference by talking about changes and choices in today’s morning keynote address. Although the obvious change is the reduction in financial resources, the other is one that has been mentioned at previous AFCEA International conferences: the shift in focus from Southwest Asia to the entire Pacific region.

February 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Combined Forces Center–Afghanistan (CFC-A) Joint Operations Center (JOC) is a state-of-the-art facility designed to accelerate and streamline commanders’ decision loops. It was developed to coordinate combat and security operations across the country.
Advanced headquarters unites technology and personnel under one roof to shorten coalition decision loops.

February 2006
By Rita Boland

 

Photograph courtesy of NATO
NATO soldiers participate in exercise Urgent Quest at Salisbury Plain Training Area, part of the United Kingdom’s Army Training Estate Plain in the fall of 2005. The exercise gave allied warfighters conducting combined operations the opportunity to use advanced technology in the most realistic conditions achievable.