Like everything else in the world, military command and control has come to the Web. But with that transition come as many challenges as opportunities, as demonstrated by an article by Brian Robinson at Beltway-based Federal Computer Week's FCW.com, titled DOD arms soldiers, allies with information.
The story focuses on the goals and conclusions of the latest in a series of multi-national testbeds (Multinational Experiment 4 (MNE4)) intended to augment international military collaboration on the battlefield. Success in this type of military collaboration, as with other ventures that rely on the participation of multiple parties, involves a high dependency on standards. One lesson of MNE4, as summarized by MNE4 Technical Lead Maj. Pete Carrabba is this:
Open standards are essential for us to develop our own standards and applications. Proprietary products force us into long-term contracts and provide no flexibility for us to develop according to our needs.