Funding transformation means funding IT

The Bush administration's fiscal 2003 budget includes many projects that would rely on information technology to help the Defense Department achieve its transformation goals. The budget includes:

* $172 million to continue developing the Joint Tactical Radio System, a computer that serves as a multipurpose radio system, enabling voice and data communications across the armed services.

* $150 million for the Link-16 tactical data link system, a jam-resistant, high-capacity, secure digital communications system that will provide near-real-time data and link tactical commanders to shooters in the air, on the ground and at sea.

* $136.5 million for the Automated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance System, a joint ground system that provides next-generation intelligence tasking, processing, exploitation and reporting capabilities.

* $77 million for the Land Warrior soldier modernization program, which would integrate small arms with high-tech communications, sensors and other equipment to make forces on the ground more lethal.

* $61 million for the Warfighter Information Network, the radio equivalent of the World Wide Web, to provide secure networking capabilities to everyone from frontline soldiers to commanders.

* $40 million for Deployable Joint Command and Control, a program for new land- and sea-based command and control centers that can be easily relocated as tactical situations require.

n $29 million for Horizontal Battlefield Digitization, which will help give U.S. forces a common operational picture of a battlefield.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine,, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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