This special report explores the important relationship between the defense industry and the security and technology trades and their impact on the region.
Once little known, Web applications have changed the way organizations operate. Retail and other consumer businesses use Web applications to provide e-commerce and online financial transaction capabilities to consumers. Other market segments, including military branches, defense agencies and government contractors, use Web applications to develop and implement organization-specific technologies or transfer sensitive data online between clients, partners and even employees.
The Global War on Terror is a "come as you are" war. The enemies are unconventional, mobile and easily adaptable. Events such as the USS Cole bombing in October 2000 in Yemen, the events of 9/11, and the ongoing use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan are examples of the enemy's ability to be nimble, creative and cunning. In both of those significant attacks and the ongoing use of IEDs, immediate responders used the systems and tools they had at the time.
Coalition building is not a new concept, but it is evolving into a vital component of the Chief of Naval Operations' 1,000-ship Navy concept of combining international resources in a cohesive strategy to address the hard-hitting command and control requirements necessary to conduct Global War on Terror (GWOT) activities. Some in the defense industry have spent the past few years advocating for the use of non-classified domains to do so.
The U.S. military is comprised of warriors trained to do what is needed to protect and defend our country. Service members are expected to be physically and mentally tough despite dealing with the emotions and stresses of combat each day.
In a speech at Purdue University last July, then-Senator Barack Obama said: "Every American depends -- directly or indirectly -- on our system of information networks. They are increasingly the backbone of our economy and our infrastructure; our national security and our personal well being. But it's no secret that terrorists could use our computer networks to deal us a crippling blow. We know that cyber-espionage and common crime is already on the rise. And yet while countries like China have been quick to recognize this change, for the last eight years we have been dragging our feet."
With a struggling economy, high unemployment rates and the military fighting battles on the other side of the world, Americans have their share of worries.
Through good timing, foresight, determination, research, a little help and lots of hard work, Suzanne Sincavage has relatively quickly risen to the ranks of being a defense industry prime contractor.