Signs of the severity of the economic crisis are all around us — we are reminded daily in the news, by our leadership and in our workplace, at the gas pumps and in the grocery store, but the news isn't all bad because challenges often come with opportunities to make changes that can make a difference. I am especially inspired by Under Secretary of the Navy Robert O. Work's comment that we are in "a time when good ideas matter, and good people are the source of good ideas."
I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Mr. Work in September. You will find his discussion about the budget process, restructuring the naval force and finding efficiencies in department business information technology motivating.
Thought provoking discussion and decisive action are ongoing across the departments of the Navy and Defense. In August I attended the Army's LandWarNet conference where the Army's network and cyber leaders and DoD CIO Teri Takai explained efforts to reduce IT costs and build an enterprise infrastructure that will enable information sharing across the globe, linking warfighters and joint and coalition partners — securely.
At LandWarNet, Adm. Bill McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, defined the unique communications requirements of Special Forces. Really, they have many of the same basic needs that we all do: fast, reliable, cost-effective, secure mobile communications.
Joining the discussion in this issue are Commander, Navy Cyber Forces Rear Adm. Gretchen Herbert and Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Rear Adm. Patrick Brady who outline their roles and responsibilities and share their strategies for mission success.
Arctic affairs officer from Task Force Climate Change, Cmdr. Blake McBride, explains the Navy's Arctic environmental assessment and steps the Navy is taking to operate in the warming waters of the Arctic.
Oct. 7, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen and David Weddel, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, were keynote speakers when SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic unveiled a new data center that will play a key role in consolidating more than 100 Navy data centers to increase effectiveness and efficiency and reduce costs while still meeting the Navy's security and operational requirements.
The DON CIO explained how the center fits into the Navy's future plans.
"This data center will be part of the Navy's data center consolidation effort. Not only is this data center efficient, it's green — that is another big piece of what we want to do. We need to protect the environment and the resources that we have. This data center will help us do that," Halvorsen said.
As you know the DON CIO is the department lead for IM/IT/cyberspace efficiency and effectiveness.
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