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MILCOM 09: Generals pull no punches laying out challenges to be faced in converging DoD networks, protecting digital infrastructure

21st October 2009 - 01:00 GMT | by Peter Donaldson in Boston, Massachusetts

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A keynote panel of general officers offered a DoD-wide perspective on ‘convergence’, the drive to make disparate C4 systems work together in a common information environment.

All were clear that, despite successes, there is a long way to go, and all were exercised about cyber threats to America’s digital infrastructure, the protection of which President Obama declared a national security priority in May.

Panel moderator Lt Gen Dennis L Via, Director of Command, Control and Computer Systems (J6) on the Joint Staff, led the discussion and pulled no punches. ‘There is a challenge in integrating COCOM-, service- and agency-centric communications ...

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