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Ronald Elliott

R&D centers growing too fat on federal dole

It's time to reconsider the role of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers as the federal government enters the third millennium. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) are unique organizations invented by the federal government in the 1940s.

Security must include information superiority

As the Defense Department undertakes a program to improve the security of its computer communications network, the NonClassified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET), it should keep in mind that security and communications are essentially opposites on a continuum. Few argue against the need

DOD should define requirements for GBS

The Defense Department has begun to build the Global Broadcast Service, which will enable DOD to send information such as imagery, intelligence information, missile warnings, weather forecasts and other information to alleviate the load on other military communications systems. GBS will be able to

It's time to set boundaries on info warfare

For most of last year, the Pentagon articulated the need for a new type of warfare called information warfare battles that would be fought in cyberspace. Indeed, last fall the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared that cyberspace was as critical a battlefield as land, sea or air. Though few who are wel

Better management key to making fusion technology work

The federal government has developed a number of intelligence programs and initiatives, called fusion algorithms, systems and processes, that rely on systems to produce coherent intelligence products. The systems use complex methods of sifting through enormous amounts of data to find and assimilate

Better management needed for 21st-century defense

As information technology companies continue to churn out new technologies, the key challenge for the Defense Department in the dawning of the 21st century will not be to acquire more and better technology to support the warfighter but to better manage that technology. The federal agencies in charg

Defense strategy should mirror IT advances

Modern warfare concepts emphasize the effects of 'information dominance' or 'superiority' on maneuvers, logistics, precision weapons and 'force protection.' Information dominance is reflected in the Joint Staff's command, control, communications, computers and intelligence for the Warrior concept,

Leadership void for national security computing, comm

At a time when we are becoming increasingly aware of the vulnerabilities of our national sanctuary related to our unprecedented dependence upon inadequately planned and defended national and Defense information services and infrastructure, the Defense Department's lack of strong, capable leaders as