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Oct. 23–25

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and Omni Shoreham Hotel

The Industry

advanced military technology

The Attendees

5,298 personnel, policymakers, and contractors patrolling for interoperable tactical communications systems

The Issues:

Networking the Warfighter: “It’s all about data,” said an assistant secretary of defense. To combat highly adaptable adversaries, the Net-Centric National Defense Team will pool intelligence from all military branches as part of the Global Information Grid (GIG).

Command-Click-Control: Net-Centric linkages will enable warfighters to track insurgents’ movements, collaborate with coalition forces, conduct virtual ride-alongs for trainees, sync relocation plans with spouses despite last-minute changes in orders, and thwart insider plots by detecting anomalous behavior within the system. And, said one assistant SecDef, instead of settling for the standard two out of three, “We can have cheaper, better, and faster!”

“Mission Possible: Battlefield of the Future!”: Towering from the bed of a battlefield vehicle in this mock military theater was Raytheon’s DART-T Dual Mode All Band Relocatable Communications Transport Terminal. How does one elude enemy troops when carting a huge satellite dish? Cover it with a camo net, suggested the sales representative, who conceded that there will be times equipment must be temporarily abandoned.

Classified Sessions: Access denied.

—Rob Tierney