by: John N. Stewart, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
This past March, I had the great fortune to be selected to participate in the Distinguished Visitor (DV) program aboard the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, CVN-74, while she was at sea. The Distinguished Visitor program has existed for more than 30 years, enabling approximately 1,000 visitors each year aboard Navy vessels on the West and East Coasts of the United States. I’d like to share this account with you, as this experience certainly made a lasting impression on me and challenged some of my existing beliefs.
On Tuesday, March 22, I arrived in San Diego, CA, just a short hop from where I live, and spent the night a few miles away from the Naval Air Station (NAS) at Coronado. On Wednesday, early morning, eleven of us from across the United States checked in with Steve Fiebing and MC2 Jeffrey Miltzer to learn about the NAS. As headquarters for the US Navy Pacific Fleet, the NAS also serves as a training, repair, upgrade and staging facility for the United States Army and Navy. This support infrastructure and staging facility serves the aircraft aboard the carrier fleet, including CH-53 helicopters, C-2 CODs and F-18s, and would be our departure airport for this momentous experience.
After meeting with Captain Brad “Marge” Margeson – who is the self-described “largest Marge in the Navy” – this ex-pilot and current head for all flight training shared some of his remarkable Naval experiences with us. He explained what we would experience during our time aboard the USS Stennis, creating a sense of genuine excitement for our experience. He also suggested for us to engage with everyone on the crew, asking them questions about where they are from, what they do, and talk to them about their Navy experience.
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During the past several months we have witnessesed a number of disaster and emergency response crises around the world including:
Tornados in Alabama
Earthquake and tsunami in Japan
Earthquakes in China and New Zealand
Floods in Australia and Brazil
Gas pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno California
When major disasters and emergencies occur, response organizations and government public safety agencies require immediate communications support to save lives, establish relief operations and provide ongoing assistance in affected communities.
IP-based secure communications provides flexible capabilities for mobile emergency responders including Cisco TacOps.
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Tags: Continuity of Government, Emergency Responders, government, Public Safety and Security, Secure Communications
You heard it here first: a new space race has begun. Alright, maybe it’s more accurate to say it very well could begin, thanks to Australia’s new Pathways to Space program.
Hosted by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the initiative aims to enhance Australia’s engineering and science education. Pathways to Space gives secondary school students the chance to develop space robotics and search for life on Mars. And, with telepresence, even students living deep in the outback can participate.
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Tags: Australia, Cisco TelePresence, Distance Education, edtech, IVC, Mars, pathways to Space, Powerhouse Museum, Space Camp, Sydney, videoconferencing
As you may know, June 8th is going to be an important day for the Internet!
It is World IPv6 Day : http://isoc.org/wp/worldipv6day/
This day for 24 hours, most of the majors content providers will enable IPv6 on their front door.
www.cisco.com is going to be one of these web sites that will be reachable on IPv6 Internet, among 100’s of others globally, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Bing, Akamai and many more. You can see the complete list of participants here.
Notably, many of the Federal Government Agencies are also participating such as:
Cisco has been very much leading the industry through this transition. The TAC (technical Assistance Center) and the service organization will support both the planning phase of World IPv6 Day, as well as providing customer support.
Government has been at the forefront of IPv6, and should continue to take the lead on this effort. Please read our whitepaper on the subject (you have to register) and check out our Federal IPv6 Site.
And I’ll make this offer -- any Government Agency that would like to participate in World IPv6 Day but needs a little help through the transition, please write me directly and we’ll get you lots of help.
Tags: Cisco, federal, IPv6, World IPv6 Day