DOD aims for a seamless flow of information

DOD aims for a seamless flow of information

The new killer weapon of the future will not be a bomb, ship or plane. It will be information, according to Army Lt. Gen. Joseph K. Kellogg Jr., who was the luncheon speaker at yesterday's 2002 Military Communications Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

"Information will be the new silver bullet of the future," said Kellogg, director for command, control, communications and computer systems for the Joint Staff. Kellogg is the principal adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on all C4 matters within the Defense Department. "This will change the way we fight. The battlefield will be seamless, and it will be integrated."

To accomplish the IT goals in the joint arena, Kellogg said, DOD is studying its command and control requirements and plans to create a federation of joint combatant commanders to coordinate and integrate C4 and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

Joint C4ISR is the keystone to transformation and unified warfighting, Kellogg said. Today, a lot of the coordination and integration work is left to individual services, leaving systems that often can't talk to each other.

"It's top-driven instead of bottom-driven," Kellogg said of DOD's new approach. "We've turned everything on its head."

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