Web-centric warfare

By Sharon Linsenbach  |  Posted 2008-02-08 Print this article Print


In particular, the 2009 budget request provides the DOD with $16.4 billion for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence technologies. Slye said the DOD would use the money to build out its Web-centric warfare initiatives, including tracking and communications satellites, high-speed computer networks and upgrading outdated IT equipment. In a wartime situation, Slye said, "there's an increased need for networks and communications to give the fighter on the ground as much real-time information as possible.

Office of Management and Budget documents show the VA requested $2.5 billion, an increase of 17 percent over fiscal 2008, to fund continuing improvement of the electronic medical records system used in over 7,000 VA hospitals, to speed medical claims processing and to improve the care of veterans, military retirees and soldiers coming home from combat.

Also according to the OMB, the DHS has requested $100 million for its E-Verify program, which uses an automated system to verify job applicants' names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and citizenship/immigration status against federal databases to confirm eligibility for employment.

The administration is also requesting $57 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement automation and IT modernization, including new communications equipment and a biometric detainee location and tracking module.

The US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology) identity management and screening services program requested $4.2 million to expand its biometric identity services.

Currently, all foreign visitors are required to submit two fingerprints and a digital photo, but by the end of 2008, the program will expand to include ten fingerprints from each foreign visitor. An additional $390 million request will be used to integrate the US-VISIT identification system with the FBI's integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification system.

Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at Sharon.Linsenbach@ziffdavisenterprise.com.

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