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Pentagon's WARCAP Upgrades To New Multipoint VTC Capability in 2011

The Pentagon's Warfighter Capability Demonstration Center (WARCAP) is making a big move in 2011 to implement more nimble, flexibly-configurable video teleconferencing solutions. In an average month, WARCAP's VTC team supports one major exercise and two or three demonstrations of emerging technology. End users and subject matter experts join in classified and unclassified briefings and conversations with top military leaders.

"Warfighters themselves can talk to the leadership. Guys on the floor of an Air Operations Center brief capability of the technology and its value -- or lack thereof." Anna Santos de Dios, Director of the Air Force's Warfighter Capability Demonstration Center (WarCap) told us more. "Using VTC for exercises lets us bring the field experience right into the Pentagon. Senior decision-makers based here, who often lack the time or budget travel to event, can get in one room or on the same call, and bounce ideas around about what they've just seen."

WARCAP offers its clients three VTC options.

  1. DISN VIDEO SERVICES GLOBAL (DVSG) uses Tandberg systems to link multiple sites but each participating site is a fixed conference room and must be equipped with DSVG-specific hardware. AT&T schedules the VTC and allocates bandwidth.


  2. Internet-Protocol (IP)-Based VTC is about to get a lot more popular. This approach is used between two points that each connects their Tandberg MXP-IP coder/decoder (Codec) or similar gear (like the Polycom VSE-7000 IP-based Codec) to connect to the network used to conduct the military exercises and demos.

    "Even some guy in the field with a webcam and internet access can be on the call," said Santos de Dios. "We've had guys doing VTC's standing next to their HUMVEE's talking about how systems perform, and that's much more powerful and memorable than someone briefing from a PowerPoint."

    But WARCAP wanted the flexibility to arrange those calls itself, to multiple points, and do it more quickly. So, WARCAP's NCO's collaborated with team from SAIC to come up with the solution. By April of 2011, General Dynamics IT and its subcontractor, PPI, will have installed a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), the Tandberg MCU-4150 to improve service by bridging multiple locations.


  3. Finally, WARCAP uses Defense Connect Online (DCO), a software-based VTC system, for informal meetings and document sharing that doesn't require high bandwidth or ultra-high resolution video that the military exercises do. Once a computer has the software installed, plug in a USB web cam, and they're good to go.

    "The people we support -- those running exercises, and those advocating more resources for work in the field -- feel that VTC helps them reach audiences they wouldn't have access to any other way," said Santos de Dios. "The senior leaderships appreciates the opportunity to see exercises or evaluate technologies without disrupting their schedules with additional travel.

    "The big challenge is that, with constant turnover in personnel that simply part of military life, we always have to keep educating people that this resource is available, so we're always doing outreach about WARCAP's VTC capabilities."

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , cisco , TANDBERG , Defense , Judy Bradt

Monday - 01/03/2011, 04:20pm EST

Pentagon, industry swap cyber experts

Infosecurity.com reports on a pilot program to give public and private cybersecurity experts temporary assignments.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , pilot program , Dorobek Insider , Infosecurity.com

Monday - 01/03/2011, 04:14pm EST

Critics: DoD IT acquisition report lacks new thinking

Two major contributors to a task force on Defense Department IT acquisition said DoD's report to Congress on its plans for reform contains some good recommendations - but fails to identify how the department will overcome powerful cultural barriers to change. Experts said DoD failed to look outside the traditional Defense industrial complex for new ways to manage the IT lifecycle.

Tags: contracting , IT Acquisition Advisory Council , Kevin Carroll , John Weiler , Mike Wynne , William Lynn , David Fisher , cloud computing , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/03/2011, 02:09pm EST
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DorobekINSIDER: The 100 most read items for 2010

Happy New Year! What a great time to look back – and look forward… and to think about fresh starts. The coming months are going to be interesting, no doubt. All week, I’ll bring the most read items across Federal News Radio’s programs – Mike Causey tomorrow; the Federal Drive on Wednesday; FederalNewsRadio.com on Thursday; [...]

Tags: Circuit , collaboration , Congress , DHS , DorobekInsider , Federal News Radio , government 2.0 , management , Most read items , strategy , technology , Web 2.0

Monday - 01/03/2011, 01:21pm EST

DorobekINSIDER: The 100 most read items for 2010

Happy New Year! What a great time to look back – and look forward… and to think about fresh starts. The coming months are going to be interesting, no doubt. All week, I’ll bring the most read items across Federal News Radio’s programs – Mike Causey tomorrow; the Federal Drive on Wednesday; FederalNewsRadio.com on Thursday; [...]

Tags: Circuit , collaboration , Congress , DHS , DorobekInsider , Federal News Radio , government 2.0 , management , Most read items , strategy , technology , Web 2.0

Monday - 01/03/2011, 01:21pm EST

DoD, GSA tighten standards on contractor IDs

New regulations published Thursday aim to make sure agencies reclaim vendor employees' HSPD-12 cards when they're no longer needed to perform contract work.

Tags: technology , GSA , NASA , CAC , smart cards , HSPD-12 , secure identity cards , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/30/2010, 09:24am EST

Air Force advisor gives tips for working with private sector

This week on Federal Security Spotlight host Tom Temin talks to Riley Repko, the senior advisor for cybersecurity to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Requirements at the Air Force.
December 30, 2010

Tags: cybersecurity , Riley Repko , Air Force , technology , Tom Temin , Federal Security Spotlight

Thursday - 12/30/2010, 02:01am EST
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Carter to resign Harvard tenure, stay at DoD

Ashton Carter will continue as Pentagon procurement chief.

Tags: contracting , Harvard , Ashton Carter , personnel

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 03:26pm EST

Analysis: More training for DoD acquisition officers?

Dr. Jacque Gansler gives his assessment of the DoD recommendations on acquisition reform.

Tags: Jacques Gansler , acquisition , contracting , Federal Drive , reform , DoD Report

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 11:12am EST
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Corruption investigations in Iraq, Afghanistan on the rise

Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, discusses why alleged fraud cases seems to be increasing in the war zones.

Tags: Stuart Bowen , Iraq , Afghanistan , inspector general , corruption , accountability , Federal Drive , contracting

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 10:26am EST
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