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their research dollars, but they're afraid
that they're out building something that
we don't need, and they're trying to guess.
communicating with industry those
capability gaps and get those requests for
information out faster. And we're really
going to work that hard."
Staying up to date with technology will
be an ongoing responsibility that indus-
try shares with the Army, said GEN Peter
W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the
Army. "We're going to hold that [vendor]
responsible to make sure that they're stay-
ing up with technology. And if they want
us to keep buying their widget, their wid-
get ... better ensure that it incorporates
SUPPORTING THE NETWORK
The scope of the COE goes well beyond
procurement of tactical and operational
applications, Chiarelli noted. "It's also
very, very important for those things that
are going to be pulling data that will allow
us, across the board, to ensure that we
have one network and have accessibility
to all the data we need to run an organiza-
tion of 1.1 million men and women."
"The network strategy is now end to end,"
Lawrence said. "So, as we became this 80
percent CONUS-based Army, by extend-
ing the global network to every post,
camp, and station, a Soldier now can train
as he fights. We can deploy with little to
no notice, and to any austere environment
because you're connected to the network
everywhere as we work through this.
"By putting the battle command systems
inside the cloud, we can extend it virtu-
ally to every post, camp, and station," she
said. "So a Soldier can train in his motor
pool on his battle command systems. ...
In the past, they had to go to the field to
train on their systems."
The Army has already proven that it can
extend the Afghan mission network to the
next deployers, Lawrence said. For every
unit going into the theater now, "we have
put the Afghan Mission Network into
their headquarters. Today it's with MG Jim
Huggins [Commanding General] at 82nd
Airborne Division," who meets with his
counterpart in Afghanistan every day. "And
that's what this end-to-end global network
enterprise is going to deliver for our teams."
THE PATH FORWARD
Edwards and his team are working
on establishing the framework and
governance structure as part of the imple-
mentation plan to execute this vision of
the COE. This is a huge undertaking that
requires a change in how the Army thinks
and develops systems, Edwards said.
When asked how this differs from what the
Army did on the Future Combat Systems
program, Edwards said, "While the con-
cepts are the same, the idea here is to harness
software from successful existing systems
within a CE and establish that as 'founda-
tional software' to build on successes."
When implemented, the COE will
give the warfighter and the generating
force unprecedented capability, flexibil-
ity, and agility to exploit information,
"We can't afford to chase technology,"
Williamson said. "And so what those stan-
dards do for us is to give us the ability to
make sure that we are both backward- and
forward-compatible as we move forward.
And that's a critical piece of understand-
ing the architecture and understanding
For more information on the COE, go to
KRIS OSBORN is a Highly Qualified
Expert for the ASAALT Office of Strate-
gic Communications. He holds a B.A. in
English and political science from Kenyon
College and an M.A. in comparative litera-
ture from Columbia University.
MARGARET C. ROTH is the Senior Editor
of Army AL&T Magazine. She holds a B.A.
in Russian language and linguistics from the
University of Virginia. Roth has more than
a decade of experience in writing about the
Army and more than two decades' experience
in journalism and public relations.
INTEGRATING THE TACTICAL NETWORK
Soldiers evaluate technologies and the integration of multiple programs into a larger tactical network
during the Brigade Combat Team Modernization Limited User Test at White Sands Missile Range,
NM. (U.S. Army photo by Richard Rau.)
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