The U.S. Air Force is centralizing its network operations using IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices to increase efficiencies and to boost security. The move will bring 113 bases currently running individual networks into alignment and centralize the service’s help desk into a single point of support for all issues related to information technology equipment.
General Dynamics C4 System
Sectéra® Edge™ (SME PED)
The Sectéra® Edge™ converges secure wireless voice and data by combining the functionality of a wireless phone and PDA — all in one easy-to-use, ruggedized handheld device. Developed for the National Security Agency’s Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device (SME-PED) program, the Edge is certified to protect wireless voice communications classified Top Secret and below as well as access e-mail and websites classified Secret and below.
The issues may sound very familiar: inadequate tools, no standards or each service purchasing solutions for its own problems without regard for operating in a joint environment. The difference is that the topic is not interoperability but spectrum management. Military leaders are working diligently to address the issues as quickly as they can. But personnel wearing the e-boots on the ground are frustrated by the lack of progress and the workarounds they must create to solve warfighters’ problems in the field.
Wartime always is a period of increased vigilance on the home front. The six-year-old Global War on Terrorism is no exception, but the asymmetrical nature of that war has changed the rules. Instead of a clearly defined, finite process, this war offers a long-term presence that literally may have no designated end. Everyday lives go on as planned, but the conflict continues unabated. This is all the more contradictory considering that the home front is the battlefield of choice for the enemy.
The Web 2.0 wave is bringing about a sea change in the way people communicate and gather information. From chief technology officers to teenagers, sociologists are seeing a shift the likes of which have not occurred since the birth of the World Wide Web. But even these educated experts admit that the phenomenon is so young that only cursory analysis can be made at this time. The benefits could be many, but researchers of human behavior warn that they could come with a cost.