TechNet Asia-Pacific 2015

November 19, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Maintaining peace—and avoiding miscalculations—in the Asia-Pacific region ultimately may rely on effective command, control and communications (C3), offers the commanding general of the U.S. Marine Forces Pacific. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, USMC, told the Thursday breakfast audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2015, being held in Honolulu, November 17-19, that maintaining connectivity among expeditionary forces and allies will be vital to respond to emerging challenges in the vast region.

November 18, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The threat of operating in a degraded communications environment has the U.S. Army Pacific training to operate with less than optimum capabilities, according to its commanding general. Speaking at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2015, being held in Honolulu, November 17-19, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USA, addressed the conference theme of Fight to Communicate: Operating in a Communications-Degraded Environment.

November 18, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The fear of communications degradation by enemy cyber forces may need to take a back seat to self-inflicted digital wounds. These handicaps would come not from hardware or human failures, but from a lack of interoperability among joint and coalition forces.

Wednesday’s opening speaker at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2015, being held in Honolulu, November 17-19, directly addressed its theme of Fight to Communicate: Operating in a Communications-Degraded Environment. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USA, commander, U.S. Army Pacific, put the problem in perspective with his early remarks.

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The military cyberspace environment of the future will build on the existing realm, but aspects such as adversarial activities and acquisition processes ultimately will be among its greatest influences. And both presently are outside the reach of planners and implementers.

A panel on building that environment dominated the afternoon session at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2015, being held in Honolulu, November 17-19. The conference theme of Fight to Communicate: Operating in a Communications-Degraded Environment, brought the cyber realm front and center in this broad-ranging discussion.

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. military operations in the Asia-Pacific region may face the challenge of reduced or eliminated communications and networking, observed the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Given that possibility, the remedy may be more doctrinal than technological.

The first day’s keynote luncheon at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2015, being held in Honolulu, November 17-19, directly addressed the conference theme of Fight to Communicate: Operating in a Communications-Degraded Environment. Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer, USN, the Pacific Fleet deputy commander, emphasized that the force needs to continue operations if communications break down.

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Longtime allies are becoming closer, new allies are emerging and some relationships have soured among the dozens of nations comprising the Asia-Pacific region. What has not changed is that the United States remains at the hub of regional peace and security, but its relations with some other nations have changed—some for the better.

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Mobile is the way of the future for the Defense Department, and commercial technologies will play a defining role. And, as with any networked systems, security is key. Yet building security into commercial mobile devices presents a host of challenges, according to a panel of government and industry officials directly involved with this technology thrust.

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Automobiles, appliances, GPSs and medical record-keeping are just a few of the portals through which hackers may penetrate networks and wreak havoc among individuals and organizations. These situations likely will worsen as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more pervasive throughout society.

Speaking at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2015, being held in Honolulu, November 17-19, Jodi-Ann Ito, information security officer, University of Hawaii, described some of the emerging threats. With a theme of Fight to Communicate: Operating in a Communications-Degraded Environment, the conference began by examining many security issues in Ito’s morning keynote address.

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Cybermarauders are maintaining the lead in the battle over cybersecurity, but network experts are narrowing the gap as they implement new measures designed to prevent hackers from carrying out unmitigated attacks. Many of these measures involve basic cyber hygiene practices, while others take advantage of new technology capabilities.