Cartwright highlights coalition capabilities
Networking organizations said needed by U.S. milirary
- By Amber Corrin
- Aug 27, 2009
Information technology, joint forces and industry intersect at perhaps
the most important strategy in a new era of warfare: the coalition of
capabilities, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright
, said at the Air Force’s annual IT conference.
The “tremendous advantages in networking organizations”
available to today’s warfighter are valuable tools that will be
necessary to conquer enemies constantly on the move, Cartright said
Aug. 23, according to reported remarks. Cartwright made his remarks
during a keynote address at the Air Force IT Conference in Montgomery, Ala.
The U.S. military and government will need to move faster to
leverage any lead U.S. forces may have over the adversary and that
movement will require a cultural shift that incorporates a willingness
to take risks, Cartwright said.
“There are no laws against moving faster. There are policies
against moving faster – policies we wrote. Policies are things we can
control, if we can move the culture with us,” Cartwright said,
according to a report from the American Forces Press Service.
IT’s rapid development presents a major hurdle for a military
procurement timeline that typically requires several years from design
to deployment of new capabilities, he said.
Richard Lombardi, director of the 554th Electronic Systems Wing, agreed with Cartwright, the Air Force News Service
noted. Faster evolution of the Air Force and Defense Department as a whole relies on three key tenets: rapid acquisition, operability at the core and the ability to fight through a cyber attack, Lombardi said.
Amber Corrin is a former staff writer for FCW and Defense Systems.