DOD tests apps for battlefield data

DOD tests apps for battlefield data

The Defense Department completed its Quantum Leap I exercise yesterday, testing a portfolio of 13 network-centric initiatives designed to improve intelligence gathering and dissemination, and support to joint military operations on the battlefield.

The demonstration took place at several military facilities, including the Defense Information Systems Agency in Falls Church, Va.; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, S.C.; and McKenna Military Operations Urban Terrain Site at Fort Benning, Ga.

The initiatives used Web portlets'programs that respond to requests from users'and online foreign language translation and computing services to develop a clear look at tactical operations for real-time collaborating and situational awareness, Defense CIO John Stenbit said.

Stenbit said the demonstration successfully tested a concept called horizontal fusion, in which data is integrated from several sources so users can make rapid decisions. Stenbit called the exercise critical for DOD to have the 'intelligence-sharing needed to fight emerging threats of asymmetric warfare and terrorism."

John Osterholz, director for architecture and interoperability, said the exercise is crucial because successful netcentric warfare depends on warfighters getting quick access to command, control, communications and intelligence data.

'The assumption is that we no longer have hours or days to coordinate between the sensors, the shooters, the communicators and the logisticians,' Osterholz said in a statement released today by Stenbit's office. 'Today, they need visibility of their challenges, and they need it now.'

The horizontal fusion portfolio was launched Jan. 20 and is slated to continue through 2008, officials said.

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