SIGNAL Magazine Update: Event Highlights Warfighter Support

In August, the chapter hosted the 4th Annual Warfighter Support IT Day at the Sheraton Premiere in Vienna, Virginia. The event theme was “Strengthening Warfighter Capabilities: The Art of the Possible.” More than 600 attendees gained insights from a cross-section of military leaders from defense organizations, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the combatant commands and the military services. Dr. Ronald Jost, deputy assistant secretary of defense for command, control, communications, space and spectrum, opened the morning by discussing three areas: systems engineering, resource management and acquisition. Jost highlighted the importance of contractor-government program manager (PM) partnership being the key to overall program success. The contractor-government PM partnership helps identify the number one program risk, the top five risks and the top five issues that result in risk mitigation. The critical takeaway from his comments was the significant lack of true systems engineers in the work force identifying requirements and specifications to solve the department's most challenging issues.<br><br>Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA, chief information officer/G-6, U.S. Army, kicked off her presentation with “The Network of 2020: Powering America's Army.” Gen. Lawrence addressed a number of issues facing the Army and the Defense Department, including enterprise email, data center consolidation, joint SharePoint collaboration solution and others. However, she cited the big game changer as the common operating environment. Gen. Lawrence's closing remarks were a reminder for those providers of information technology and communications products, services and solutions that technology changes every two years so innovation is critical to assist the Defense Department in achieving its mission. <br><br>Henry Sienkiewicz, DISA chief information officer, covered the agency's Base Realignment and Closure process. To date, DISA has moved 3,900 personnel and $37 million worth of equipment. As for the DISA Campaign Plan, version two is up and the agency continues to make tremendous progress. Sienkiewicz updated the audience on enterprise email.

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