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Air warfare symposium illustrates international need for VTC

February 23, 2010 - 0 Comments

The TANDBERG Public Sector team just returned from colder than normal Orlando, home of the Air Force Association’s 26th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition. Although the air outside was disappointingly cold, attendance was amazingly good.

The Air Warfare Symposium is an excellent forum for the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, including Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy and other top Air Force officials, to discuss best practices and the topics affecting the Air Force today. The technology exposition also gives these leaders an opportunity to see the latest in military technologies available from government contractors and other vendors.

In an exposition that is normally limited to weapons systems and other combat technologies, TANDBERG and its video teleconferencing (VTC) solutions may have been a surprising participant. However, according to our conversations with some of the senior Air Force leadership during the show, there’s a very good reason for that.

One of the biggest problems facing military commanders and four-star generals today is command and control. With today’s war effort comprised of many moving parts, the need for rapid, in-person communication between senior leaders and field commanders is greater than ever before. The use of VTC solutions enables this rapid, natural face-to-face communication regardless of the distance separating people.

Also, in today’s day and age, the United States very rarely finds itself fighting alone. NATO forces and multiple other nations are involved with almost all wartime efforts. The use of VTC among NATO and other nations ensures that war efforts are coordinated and that clear communication and collaboration can occur between individuals oceans apart, even in the most critical times.

With senior leadership at the Air Force and other branches of the military moving towards VTC solutions, the mass adoption of VTC throughout the military is on the horizon. Internationally, the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), which is tasked with aiding NATO nations with the acquisition of seamless and interoperable communications infrastructure, is also pushing for the adoption of VTC abroad. With movements for unilateral VTC adoption within the United States and around the globe, VTC is ensured a large part in military communication and collaboration today, and in the future.

VTC is breaking down the walls between commanding officers and their charges in the field, and breaking down the walls between military leaders across the globe. TANDBERG is proud to be enabling a new way of working for America’s armed forces, and a new era in military collaboration.

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