We have entered the new year with many of the same problems -- better situational awareness needed for dismounted soldiers and marines being one of those items at the top of the list -- but there are encouraging signs that many of the vexing issues related to communications and networks will experience breakthroughs in 2012.
The mindsets of DOD officials and military leaders have changed over the course of 2011 regarding key enterprise and networking initiatives.
A revolution is taking place in the form of communications-on-the-move in which dismounted soldiers and those at the lower echelons can take advantage of advanced communications capabilities to keep in touch with each other and their commanders.
Defense Systems' staff visited Army facilities at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in May to learn first-hand about the technologies that went into the Network Integration Exercise.
The eyes of all the military services are on DISA and its efforts to develop a private cloud of enterprise services for enhanced communication and collaboration across the Defense Department.
Limited user tests under way this summer at White Sands Missile Range will focus on maturing two radio waveforms so they eventually can be ported to hardware agnostic radios.
Two significant events with a bearing on military cloud computing occurred on the same day in the latter half of April.
In the ever-expanding world of defense networks, no other Defense Department agency has more on its plate than the Defense Information Systems Agency.