Always look to future, military chieftain recommends

To maintain relevancy in IT, Defense Department brass need to be forward-thinking and 'skate where the puck's going to be, not where it's been.'

That, according to Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, means that as fast as technology changes, the focus should be on recruiting the right people for the job and training them to look several miles down the road.

Meyerrose is director of command control systems for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and director of architectures and integration for the Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

'I believe in net-centricity not network centricity,' Meyerrose said. 'Nets are larger than networks. Networks imply ownership and who owns the World Wide Web?'

Meyerrose, who serves as CIO for the two commands, was the keynote speaker at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association lunch today in Arlington, Va.

'I think it's important for us not to get focused on the technology of the day,' he said. 'What makes us think that this element of how we think of networks today is going to be relevant 10 years from now? What makes us think how we access networks 10 years from now is going to be the same?'

NORAD, formed during the Cold War, protects U.S. airspace from enemy attack. The Northern Command, formed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, helps both military and civilian agencies during domestic disasters.

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