Defense Offsets – Obligation or Opportunity?

The Global Offsets and Countertrade Association (GOCA) conference just concluded in Montreal.  You may ask, “What is an offset and why is it important?”   Defense offset agreements are arrangements in which the seller of a product or service agrees to provide benefits such as buying local products or services from a country as an inducement […]

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Cognitive “Thoughts”

IBM successfully took up the challenge of winning the “Jeopardy!” game show to quickly answer a variety of questions that used idioms, word plays, metaphors, and other oddities of the English language that I, as a mechanical engineer by training, am challenged to even name.  I was impressed with the Watson cognitive approach using Natural […]

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Predictive Maintenance – or, “Spend less, do more”

As a former submarine commanding officer and later as the US Navy admiral responsible for all submarine engineering, maintenance and certifications, I can assure you that I was a firm believer in making sure equipment worked correctly.  There was no margin for error, and the goal was always to make sure that the number of […]

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Defense Apps – “anywhere, anytime”

Apps on smartphones and tablets have become so woven into the fabric of our daily lives that the phrase “There’s an App for that!” is no longer a wry amusement but almost universally true in our personal use.  Apps can be found designed for a vast array of services, anything from making a reservation at […]

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Watson Technology Using Open Source Information

Finding answers to questions today using the Internet is almost taken for granted. For those under 25, they have never had to do it any other way. For us somewhat older individuals, we remember the days when if you wanted to find out the population of Botswana, for example, then a trek to the library […]

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“Economic Vitality – Does it just mean the Commercial Economy?”

Economic Vitality is the power that runs the economic strength in every country. In essence it is the sustainment of livable and viable communities. Security, both at a community and national level, plays an extremely important part of that to give confidence that investments today will be able to grow the future. The importance of […]

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Logistics – old need, but new innovations

I hosted a discussion panel on Defence Supply Chair/Logistics Operations at the 13th SPADE Conference at The Hague, Netherlands on 19-21 May. This event, sponsored by AFCEA, IBM and Sol-Pass, had as a theme “Disruptive Innovation, enabling future capability”. Following a short presentation by each panel member, we enjoyed an engaged discussion session with the […]

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How do you achieve real improvements in your organization?

In my working life, both 29 years in the Navy and 8 years at IBM, I have always been interested in what makes an organization perform its business in a more effective manner. This includes such diverse areas as getting a submarine crew to fire torpedoes more effectively (I was Commanding Officer of a submarine) […]

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Watson in Defense – Not just for Trivia!

Watson as a natural language processing tool became internationally recognized when it beat the all time reigning champions on the trivia quiz show “Jeopardy!” Many thought it was an interesting toy and nothing more. IBM’s investment in Watson natural language processing has proven its value to clients, including defense. Most defense organizations have vast troves […]

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Mobile – Design for User Flexibility

Mobile is almost taken for granted nowadays. Most people, myself included, now feel pretty grumpy if you don’t have immediate access to the information that you seek, regardless of where you are. When mobile for business started, I carried around my own personal cell phone and a Blackberry provided by the Navy for work email […]

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Cloud – Pushing IT Decisions from the CIO shop to the Line of Business

Cloud technologies are allowing leaders in the Line of Business (in government the Program Manager) to make decisions about IT infrastructure and support. The CIO is providing the tools for the PM to decide what is needed and directly trade off cost and performance – not just living with what the CIO provides. Cloud comes […]

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SAP and the Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid Cloud is an approach where for an organization some applications are local and some are hosted in a data center with a Cloud business model. Applications that are being efficiently run in one manner do not necessarily need to be converted to Cloud support. One approach is not best for all and so there […]

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