Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Military and Web 2.0: Falling Behind and Thriving?

In two separate articles last week, our Armed Forces received a mixed review on their use of Web 2.0 tools:

The first article, Army Secretary: We're Falling Behind, declares:

"Senior Army leaders have fallen behind the breakneck development of cheap digital communications including cell phones, digital cameras and Web 2.0 Internet sites such as blogs and Facebook, Army Secretary Pete Geren said at a trade conference on July 10. That helps explain how "just one man in a cave that's hooked up to the Internet has been able to out-communicate the greatest communications society in the history of the world -- the United States," Geren said, according to Inside Defense."

The second article, U.S. Air Force Lets Web 2.0 Flourish Behind Walls, applauds the Air Force:

The U.S. Air Force is using Web 2.0 technologies to better support its missions despite wariness about security, a civilian technology official of the service said last week. The new techniques, including blogs, wikis and personal profiles, are coming out of an initiative by Air Force Knowledge Now (AFKN), a resource provided on the Department of Defense (DOD) intranet. They're helping service members and civilian employees find the information they need more quickly and are now being shared with members of the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines…

I also recently read an article in which the Intelligence Community has created something akin to YouTube for spies. I will blog more about government use of YouTube soon.

1 comment:

tericee said...

I'm in the Air Force, but I've never heard of AFKN... I'll have to look for that.

I *have* heard of iVideo on Intelink, however. Since YouTube is blocked throughout the DoD, it's great to have an approved place to post mission-related videos.