In a fiery and impassioned speech at the TechNet Land Forces conference in Tucson, Arizona, Brig. Gen. David Coffman, USMC, former commander of the 13 Marine Expeditionary Unit, colorfully described what he feels is an addiction to the full-motion video provided by high-value intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, such as the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. Coffman is now assigned to the National Command Center, where he works "in the basement of the Pentagon," he said.
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One of the most critical pieces of the U.S. Army's Baseline Information Technology Services (ABITS) effort is measuring data, including customer satisfaction data, said Brig. Gen. Frederick Henry, USA, deputy commanding general of the service's Network Enterprise Technology Command. Gen. Henry made the remarks while addressing the audience at TechNet Land Forces Southwest 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.
The U.S. military needs to develop a career field that will encompass the entire career of cyber warriors, said LTC Gregory Conti, USA, who directs the Cyber Research Center at the U.S. Military Academy.
"We need to create a career field from private all the way through general officer," Col. Conti suggested at the TechNet Land Forces conference in Tucson, Arizona. He added that cyber is not just a two or three-year assignment and that cyber warriors need to know they have a future in the military. Furthermore, military members with cyber expertise need to have leaders with greater expertise, and the military must grow those leaders.
When the hacker activist group Anonymous broke into Booz Allen Hamilton's networks and stole thousands of email addresses, the company was embarrassed, and that's exactly what Anonymous wanted, said Joseph Mahaffee, the company's chief information officer.
It's not always easy to enforce the U.S. military's rules on the use of mobile devices, said John Wilcox, chief information officer and director of command, control, communications and computers, U.S. Special Operations Command.
"To give dirty laundry, quite frankly, I know I have some devices that probably shouldn't be out there. Sometimes you want to look the other way, because you want to give the warfighter what they need; other times you want to say, what's that going to do for this network and for the connections back to the [Global Information Grid]?" he said.
In the intelligence business, it's common for people to think everything is all about the data, when really it's about getting the data to the warfighter, said Phillip Chudoba, assistant director of intelligence for the U.S. Marine Corps, at AFCEA's TechNet Land Forces Southwest 2012.
Mike Krieger, deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Army, told the audience at TechNet Land Forces Southwest 2012 on Wednesday that he had hoped to provide them with the URL for the Army's report to Congress concerning Enterprise Email.
Congress had asked the Army to review the Enterprise Email approach to "see if it is the right thing to do." The report has to be approved by the secretary of the Army, but it has not quite reached his desk as of March 28. Krieger said he hopes to be able to provide the report very soon.
"War is fought on chat," Col. Paul Miller, USMC, assistant chief of staff, G-6 for the I Marine Expeditionary Force, told the crowd at TechNet Land Forces Southwest 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. Having served in Afghanistan, Col. Miller gave a first-hand account of the networking operations on the battlefield.
The U.S. Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) is on its way to becoming the single network provider for the service, says Mike Krieger, deputy chief information officer for the service.
The command is in charge of half of the service's desktops but has a "heck of a challenge" transitioning the other half. "We may not get it finished on my watch, but we will get it incrementally moving on my watch," he vowed.
He described Army Enterprise Email as one of the best things to happen recently, saying it has revealed much about the Army's business processes. "We've exposed some warts that were probably always there but not that exposed," he said.