January 2000

January 2000
By Lt. Cmdr. Tina Bigelow, USN

U.S. Navy answers call for stronger defenses by expanding reach to the electronic stars.

January 2000
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being able to extract useful information from archives is the new vital talent for rapidly changing operations.

The U.S. defense intelligence community is changing its information philosophy from emphasis on-call functional or geopolitical expertise toward rapid access to relevant knowledge from vast data files. To accommodate this shift, new technologies are enabling planners to implement an information architecture designed to provide authorized customers with streamlined access to vital information or expertise.

January 2000
By Michelle L. Hankins

A focus on last-mile technologies leads quest for a fully interactive environment.

When it comes to education, industry is getting back to the basics: It is exploring the fundamentals of exactly how people learn. The objective is to perfect the virtual classroom by matching technology to the learning process rather than matching the learning process to the technology.

January 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Distance education specialists agree that learning has never been a place--it has always been a process.

The smell of fat crayons, the snap of three-ring binders and the crack of book spines as they open for the first time bring back memories of those old school days. Students today, both in the classroom and on the job, are more familiar with the hum of a hard drive and glow of a monitor screen. One thing, however, has not changed--the up-front expenses for an education rarely reflect the final cost.

January 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

A common framework for learning software lays foundation for deploying sophisticated knowledge management technologies.

A program designed by the U.S. Defense Department will provide the military and federal government with the latest online study techniques by developing software standards and promoting the use of new technologies. Known as advanced distributed learning, the initiative aims at offering the highest quality schooling that can be tailored to meet individual needs and delivered cost-effectively wherever and whenever required.

January 2000
By Col. Alan D. Campen, USAF (Ret.)

An absence of trust and common perceptions of privacy will pace security reforms.

The exploding use of encryption in cyberspace has spawned a dilemma for policy makers. They must strive to balance citizens' rights to security and privacy with the needs of law enforcement and intelligence to police what a senior defense official terms a "lawless frontier," and others call the "World Wild Web."

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.