Defense lauds exceptional technology work

Defense lauds exceptional technology work
Defense lauds exceptional technology work

Forwarded from: William Knowles 

By Bob Brewin
October 22, 2007

A unit that upgraded a program that halved network intrusions and an information
systems flight commander who oversaw the development of a communications gateway
to support military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are first-place winners
in this year's Defense CIO awards.

The Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations won the first-place team award
for the overhaul of the Defense Information Operations Condition program, which
led to a 58 percent decrease of intrusions on the Global Information Grid over
the past year, according to John Grimes, assistant secretary of Defense for
Networks and Information Integration and the Defense Department's chief
information officer.

Capt. Theresa Thompson, information systems flight commander for the 39th
Communications Squadron, which is stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, won
the Defense CIO individual first-place award for leading a team of 70 experts to
provide a communications gateway for the European Command base closest to
operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thompson managed maintenance and operations
of a $40 million information technology infrastructure, which served 3,500
military and civilian personnel at Incirlik. The systems supported forces
operating in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Winning the second-place team award was the Future Capabilities Division,
Strategic Command. In partnership with the Joint Forces Command and the Defense
Information Systems Agency, the division led the Defense move to a
service-oriented architecture. The ASD NII called the move an inventive and
fast-track command and control data initiative in an operational environment,
which included staging content on multiple servers and a Google-like search
capability on the Defense classified intranet.

Taking the third-place team award was the Microsoft Windows Vista Security Team
at the National Security Agency. ASD NII said the NSA team developed a unique
relationship with Microsoft, persuading the company to produce a more secure
out-of-the-box version of Windows Vista, with an eye also focused on end-user

The second-place individual award winner was Celine M. Johnson, chief of the
Army's Local Network Operations and Security Center, which is part of the 507th
Signal Company and 59th Signal Battalion. Johnson managed the first pilot of
VIDITalk, a web-based video messaging system within Defense. Deployed soldiers
and their families use VIDITalk to communicate via streaming video, without
downloads or attachments, so that bandwidth is conserved and the risk of viruses
is lowered.

Army Col. Brian Hamilton, division chief for command and control systems
interoperability for the Joint Staff in the Office of Director for Command,
Control, Communications and Computers, won the third-place individual award. He
helped develop fundamental, key standards for the assessment of interoperability
and network vulnerabilities, and helped integrate the Warfighter Mission Area
into the Defense netcentric data strategy, according to ASD NII.

"Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC - Computer Security, & Intelligence - 

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