Army knowledge portal seeks to consolidate information, communication

Army knowledge portal seeks to consolidate information, communication

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

OCT. 30'At the Lotus Global Government Forum yesterday in Washington, Maj. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle described how he woos Army users to the PEO C3S Knowledge Center portal on the Web.

Boutelle, the program executive officer for command, control and communications systems said he tells Army personnel, 'Don't send us a letter or stop by, do it online' through the portal.
A public version of the site is at The knowledge portal blends personal items such as promotion lists with tactical, theater and strategic C3 information.

So far, Boutelle said, 'we have not broken the e-mail paradigm' to wean most Army users from e-mail contacts over to groupware and real-time collaboration, but about 20 percent to 30 percent of them are trying out the new collaborative applications available through the portal.
There's no safety net in real-time collaboration, Boutelle said, and the brass 'will be the first to tell you when you've failed. It must affect their food chain. But most four-star [generals] are believers.'

The growing body of Army knowledge is now available via classified paths, as well as over the Non-Classified IP Router Network and the Secure IP Router Network, he said. Of the Army's 490,000 active-duty and 70,000 civilian personnel, about 93,000 use the knowledge portal's search engine, data warehouses and subject-matter experts.

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