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Army Eyes Consolidated Cyber Defense Network for Communications

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networkThe U.S. Army is looking at ideas for a “solid” network infrastructure to facilitate secure communications and interaction across the service in support of mission command, the Army reported Thursday.

Lora Strum writes that Army leaders discussed the need for a consolidated network that protects against cyber threats and boosts productivity during a recent Association of the United States Army forum.

“One of our enduring capabilities giving us an advantage over our enemies is our ability to procure and disseminate information,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.

“With the access to technology our adversaries have, it becomes imperative we look at promising tech and create a mechanism for the Army to interact with industry partners to both help and, at least demonstrate, a significant interest in certain areas.”

Brig Gen. Willard Burleson, director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence, also noted that the network should be open to NATO allies to support collaboration with partners.

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