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March 7, 2002 

Pentagon accelerates homeland security communications system 

By Molly M. Peterson, National Journal's Technology Daily 

The Pentagon announced this week that it will fund the fast-track
development of an experimental communications system to enable federal,
state and local emergency response officials to share terrorist threat
information and coordinate their emergency response capabilities.

"We need to have a command and control system ... so that all parties
and first responders can talk to each other," Sue Payton, deputy
undersecretary of Defense for advanced systems and concepts, said
Tuesday during a Pentagon briefing. 

The "Homeland Security Command and Control" initiative is one of 15
projects selected by Pentagon officials as part of this year's $159
million Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD) program. The
seven-year-old ACTD program helps expedite the development and delivery
of innovative technologies to meet pressing military needs. The program
enables warfighters to use prototypes of developing technologies in the
field, bypassing the traditional defense acquisitions process, which
often takes years.

"The ACTD program really exists so we can marry operational requirements
... with new technologies and solutions," Payton said, noting that the
high-profile Predator and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles started
out as ACTD projects. 

This year's homeland security project would enhance the communications
capabilities of first responders, many of whom were unable to
communicate on the same frequencies as military officials on Sept. 11.
Payton said software-programmable communications systems are also being
developed as part of the project, "so that everyone can go to the same
[network] and ... talk to each other." 

This year's ACTD program would fund several other counterterrorism
measures, including a "hyperspectral collection and analysis system"
(HYCAS) that would make it easier for warfighters to locate targets by
combining and processing vast amounts of sensor data. 

Another demonstration project, called the Coalition Information
Assurance Common Operational Procedure, is designed to help prevent
cyber attacks when U.S. military networks are linked with those of
allied forces. The experimental system would enable officials to detect
network intrusion and share information about network stability with
their coalition partners. 

The ACTD projects also include an automated language translator system,
which would rapidly translate oral and written communications between
U.S. warfighters and their foreign allies. Payton said coalition
partners in Afghanistan often fall 10 to 12 hours behind in supporting
U.S. forces, because it takes them so long to translate U.S. documents
relating to daily missions.

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