U.S. Military Moves Toward Networked War Model
Improved information management will mean more effective military action and disaster relief efforts, according to a speaker at the RoboNexus conference. (PCMag.com)SAN JOSE, Calif.All branches of the U.S. military are well into the process of designing their future combat systems to connect every soldier and piece of mobile equipment into a mammoth network-centric system in order to enable better coordination of resources, a former Army general told a conference audience Friday. "About 360 companies and about 6,000 employees are currently working on our Joint Warfighters/Best Capability projects right now," said Daniel Zanini, a former Army lieutenant-general now serving as senior vice president and program manager of SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.), one of the federal governments largest defense contractors. Zanini spoke in a keynote session on Day 2 of the second annual RoboNexus conference, billed as the largest robotics event in North America.
About 2,000 robotics engineers and enthusiasts have gathered at the downtown Marriott Hotel here for the four-day conference.