- By Dawn S. Onley
- Jan 23, 2004
The team that captured Saddam Hussein last month was from the Army's most digitized unit, the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colo.
The 4th Infantry, which had been based in Hussein's home of Tikrit since summer, has the most high-tech equipment of any division. The unit is also among the first to be equipped with Army Battle Command and Control Systems. While in Iraq, the unit has used the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-Below system, which runs on ruggedized notebook PCs mounted in thousands of tanks, trucks, helicopters and other battlefield vehicles.
The division's 1st Brigade Combat Team captured the embattled Iraq dictator without firing a shot.Warehouse expansion.
The Air Force will spend $18 million to expand its Enterprise Data Warehouse, run by the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Air Force officials use the system to assess the readiness of its aircraft, monitor their configuration and analyze individual aircraft histories to give commanders more information on deployable aircraft.
The second phase of the project, which is under way, includes integrating aircraft maintenance information with data that comes from the Air Force supply chain. Expanding the repository will let the Materiel Command pull in contracting, financial and transportation information.
'The Air Force operates over 6,000 aircraft from air bases around the world and a $33 billion parts inventory to keep those aircraft flying,' said Mike Riley, Air Force Enterprise Data Warehouse program manager at the Materiel Command.
'We saw the opportunity to support both the combat side and the business side of operations by providing a central, relatable and current analytical data repository that integrated information from all areas to provide a single, trusted view of the enterprise and all its components,' he said.