Air Force comm chief gives a wish list to industry

The Air Force needs help with managing systems, developing wireless standards and securing networks, its chief of communications operations told a group of Defense Department vendors yesterday.

Brig. Gen. Bernard K. Skoch, speaking at the TeleStrategies conference in Vienna, Va., outlined 18 initiatives under command, control, communications, and computers in which the service needs industry guidance. Some of the programs are current; others are planned for fiscal years 2005 through 2007, he said.

Skoch said the Air Force has had a tough time managing many systems that transmit data and command messages with other C4 systems via a tactical data link. The Air Force also needs help managing and developing a series of enterprise information management initiatives, Skoch said.

'How can you help us take this over?' Skoch asked. 'We put tactical communications systems forward. We put them there and we do what we need to do [but] we don't do a good job of managing information all the time. We need to know how to manage our enterprise information.'

The goal is for warfighters to have 'frictionless information flow' with interconnected platforms, command centers, secure systems, high capacity processing and enterprise applications. That's not happening, he said.

'Warfighters have two problems,' Skoch said. 'They are either starved for information, [or] there's an information flood, and they're overwhelmed with information they don't want.'

Skoch also asked for help finding ways to use wireless devices overseas. 'I can't use my wireless devices in other countries. Industry needs to develop [wireless] standards to be implemented globally,' he added.


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