Cross-Domain Collaboration a Centerpiece at European Intelligence Summit

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Real-time collaboration across military coalition security boundaries is a high-priority topic at next week’s US European Command summit on intelligence. Scott Thomas, Trident Systems’ cross-domain product line manager and a thought leader in the growing cross-domain collaboration field, has been invited to present his vision for the future of multinational, multi-domain collaboration at this first-ever summit meeting.

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The EUCOM intelligence summit couldn't have selected a more timely topic

Real-time collaboration across military coalition security boundaries is a high-priority topic at next week’s US European Command summit on intelligence. Scott Thomas, Trident Systems’ cross-domain product line manager and a thought leader in the growing cross-domain collaboration field, has been invited to present his vision for the future of multinational, multi-domain collaboration at this first-ever summit meeting.

“The EUCOM intelligence summit couldn’t have selected a more timely topic,” notes Nick Karangelen, President & CEO of Trident Systems. “For instance, the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has over 40 nations involved. Sharing information among all these different countries isn’t a nice-to-have capability, it’s essential to saving lives and keeping the peace. And with NATO’s leadership role in ISAF, we’re grateful that Scott has been invited to share his views on timely, secure collaboration at this important summit.”

“To understand why cross-domain collaboration is such an important topic, you have to know how our military & intelligence networks are set up today,” says Thomas. “There can be literally dozens of networks, each at a different classification or releasability level; and access to each network has to be controlled. You can’t allow US soldiers to log-in to a French network, for instance. But at the same time, tools like text chat and whiteboarding are now essential to operations; we need to let these tools work across ALL these networks. If a US intelligence officer sees a plane go down in an area under British Army control, he needs to let them know, and fast – even though he’s on a TOP SECRET, US-only network, while the patrols are on a UK-only SECRET network. Traditional cross-domain solutions—or CDS—like Radiant Mercury or ISSE Guard give us the infrastructure; now we need to give our coalitions the rest of the technical, cultural, and policy tools they need to let collaboration happen. Traditional CDS are great at connecting machines on either side of a security boundary; but how do we connect the people?”

Thomas is also expected to describe current, real-world implementations of this cross-domain collaboration technology, including the Multi-National Information Sharing initiative, as well as a US Central Command (CENTCOM) deployment of cross-domain chat in support of combat search & rescue.

This summit marks the midpoint of a sort of world tour for Thomas; having recently briefed senior leadership in the US Directorate of National Intelligence, National Security Agency, and the Unified Cross-Domain Management Office, his views on cross-domain collaboration’s promises & pitfalls are fast becoming a hot topic in both intelligence and military agencies around the world. In March, Thomas will address the NATO Network-Enabled Capability summit in Rome. Thomas has also been invited to speak at the upcoming Radiant Mercury Users Group conference, as well as at the ISSE Guard user conference.

“I think Scott’s passion for cross-domain collaboration comes from what he’s seen while building and fielding Trident’s cross-domain products,” notes Mike Casey, Trident’s director of business development. “Scott’s take on the importance of cross-domain collaboration is really based in his years of working closely with the technology, as well as the policy involved in making it work. I keep reminding people that Scott’s not just a talking-head on this topic; at heart, he’s a solution-provider, and he’s totally committed to ubiquitous, secure collaboration.”

For more about the growing world of cross-domain collaboration, Trident Systems has recently published a white paper available at http://www.tridsys.com/white-form-collgate.htm.

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