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CHIPS Articles: Editor's Notebook, January-March 2008

Editor's Notebook, January-March 2008
By Sharon Anderson - January-March 2008
When systems and people can't communicate, the most likely culprit is technology. Or is it?

The barriers to successful interoperability with joint, coalition, interagency and nongovernmental partners may surprise you and can include: policies, organizational structures, mismatched data standards, legacy systems and a reluctance to share due to lack of trust and security concerns.

But the obligation to share within the Global Information Grid and on a global scale with a myriad of partner nations and organizations is more pressing than ever. Think of the astonishing number of missions joint warriors must fulfill: homeland defense and security, worldwide disaster response and humanitarian assistance, nation-building, civil affairs, promoting global security and stability — and not only deterring war — but promoting peace.

If this list looks unattainable, think again, joint warriors are doing all this and more now — the photos and information at right and below are just a small sample of what they are called on to do. But consider how much better warfighters could respond, if they, and those that support them, had secure, seamless interoperability — all the time — in all of these mission areas.

In this issue, we explore interoperability and what it can deliver with observations from top leadership and some of the innovators who are making revolutionary changes in communications, tactics, policies and procedures, logistics, C4I capabilities and more to further empower the joint warrior.

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The Navy is executing the six core capabilities of the Maritime Strategy — forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security and humanitarian assistance/disaster response.

• USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group returned in December from a surge deployment. The CSG provided maritime security in the Arabian Gulf, off the Horn of Africa and conducted more than 1,600 sorties over Iraq and Afghanistan.

• Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard representatives met with Brazilian Navy leaders in November to discuss cooperation between their maritime services for 2008. The conference resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding, which outlined regional cooperative plans in support of the Maritime Strategy.

• Credible combat power will be continuously postured in the Western Pacific, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean to protect the vital interests of the United States, deter potential adversaries and reassure friends and allies.

LIMBE, Cameroon – Dec. 4, 2007 – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) sits anchored off of the coast of Limbe. Africa Partnership Station (APS) is aboard Fort McHenry conducting training for Cameroonian Sailors on maritime safety and security. APS is scheduled to bring international training teams to Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe, and will support more than 20 humanitarian assistance projects in addition to hosting information exchanges and training with partner nations during its seven-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RJ Stratchko.
The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73). U.S. Navy ships USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Ingraham (FFG 61) were steaming in formation at approximately 8 a.m. as they finished a routine Strait of Hormuz transit when five boats, suspected to be from the Islamic Republic of Iran Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGCN), maneuvered aggressively in close proximity of the Hopper. Following standard procedure, Hopper issued warnings, attempted to establish communications with the small boats and conducted evasive maneuvering. Coalition vessels, including U.S. Navy ships, routinely operate in the vicinity of both Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and IRGCN vessels and aircraft. These interactions are always correct on the U.S. part and reflect a commitment to accepted tenets of international law and common practice. U.S. Navy 2005 file photo by Journalist 2nd Class Zack Baddorf.

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