Guard and Reserves

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Fresh off supporting two overseas wars, the National Guard is planning for a larger role in military activities on the home front. Cyber is one area where the Guard may be serving a key role, officials say.

Some of these points were outlined in a panel discussion on the second day of AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment (JIE) Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore May 12-14. Rear Adm. Hank Bond, USN, J-6, U.S. Northern Command, and deputy J-3 for cyberspace operations at NORAD, said, “Our way forward in cyberspace is to properly develop the force structure around the Guard. The commercial space is the contested space.”

June 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
Virginia National Guard soldiers from the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit respond to a simulated cyber attack during a cyberdefense exercise.

Cybersecurity remains a priority for the U.S. Defense Department, with officials protecting resources for it in the face of overall budget constraints. Guidance from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 directs a mission analysis of cybercapabilities not only in the active military, but also across partners, to help forces maintain their edge in protecting the nation.

April 1, 2013
By Max Cacas
The 2013 Capstone Concept assumes the U.S. Army will continue to be a land-based force, but one that will adapt to changes in technology and uncertainty in future battlefields.

Technology plays a key role in helping the service adapt to a coming decade filled with uncertainty.

U.S. Army futurists believe that events such as last year’s Arab Spring predict a future that includes fighting not only on land but in cyberspace as well. The Army must do it with a renewed emphasis on using technology to empower commanders and their troops during a looming period of significant fiscal restraints.

February 1, 2013
By Rita Boland

U.S. officials tasked with securing routes into and out of the country are beginning to employ a technology that will pull together disparate information in a way that could save their lives or the lives of others. Though it was not designed exclusively for agents trying to control international movements, these personnel are early adopters, using the system to prevent illicit goods, undesirable persons or rampant violence from making its way over national boundaries.

July 2009
By Rita Boland


Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, USAR (4th from l), commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), and Gen. Charles C. Campbell, USA, (5th from l), commander, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), are flanked by other Army, state and local officials during the groundbreaking ceremony for the commands’ combined headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

July 2009
By Rita Boland


A small group of users’ avatars gather outside the Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU’s) Scott Hall in US-Nexus prior to an event inside the auditorium.

Real-world maps, public-agency funding and unique capabilities combine to create computer-generated experiences unlike any others.

July 2009
By Rita Boland


llinois Army National Guard soldiers conduct a room clearing demonstration while Polish Army soldiers watch.

Weekend warrior units partner with foreign militaries, organizations to exchange expertise.

July 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon


NetMRI is being installed in the Army’s Joint Network Nodes, part of the service’s Warfighter Information Network–Tactical program. The appliance will help operators manage and maintain their battlefield networks efficiently.