|By Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Commanding General,
Installation Management Command
The Installation Management
Command (IMCOM) Community is committed to leveraging the power of
technology to expand our communication capabilities and enhance our
ability to serve and support Soldiers, Civilians, and Families. In
today’s world, Information Technology (IT) is at the core of all we do
at work, at home, and at play. Smaller, more-powerful, and
less-expensive IT products hit the market every day. Becoming savvy with
state-of-the-art technology helps us work smarter, learn more
efficiently, and play harder.
Over the past six months, I have visited many garrisons, listening to
many members of the Army Family to better understand how they prefer to
receive information and communicate. Because more than 75 percent
communicate and retrieve information through the Internet and other
electronic means, I now communicate through my Facebook page and the
IMCOM Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube sites. This implements the Deputy
Secretary of Defense, Feb. 25, 2010 memorandum that requires Department
of Defense unclassified networks be configured for Internet-based
capabilities like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Google Apps.
Because IT is so critical to how we do business and communicate, I have
made IT one of the focus areas of the Services and Infrastructure Core
Enterprise (SICE) in my role as co-lead of the SICE board. SICE is a
collaborative and cross-functional team of more than 15 commands,
organizations, and staff offices formed to develop solutions to Armywide
challenges. Presently, the SICE team is developing plans to modernize
and standardize IT services on Army installations. The results will
enhance delivery of IT in the deployment process, training, and programs
such as Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. Also, look for improved IT to
lead to improvements on how we deliver on our promises of the Army
Family Covenant and Army Community Covenant.
The most important components of IT — telecommunications, information
assurance (IA), and data processing — tie into every aspect of
installation management. We use telecommunications to connect Soldiers
to their Families by video teleconference when they deploy.
Tech-smart Soldiers and Family members use it when they ‘tweet’ to
friends and Family through their Twitter accounts. IA measures and
practices reduce risk and ensure our communication and information
remain secure from malicious attacks.
IA enables Soldiers and Civilians to communicate with Government-issued
Blackberries, knowing conversations are secure from unauthorized
individuals. Most of us use data processing to manage our bits and bytes
of information each day when we work on desktop computers, laptops,
scanners and copiers. And, cell phones may be the most-powerful device
of all since they incorporate all three of these IT components.
Every day, the universe of IT products expands. Mobile hand-held devices
like the current generation of smartphones open up possibilities only
dreamed of a few years ago. The convergence of cell phones, digital
cameras, music players, GPS, video games, camcorders, electronic book
readers and mobile Web browsers rapidly change how we communicate and
As the IMCOM commander, I am dedicated to embracing these new, exciting
technologies and adapting them to continue to be ahead of the curve in
supporting Soldier, Civilian, and Family well-being and mission
readiness. Each generation of Soldiers brings a valuable, new
perspective to the Army. It is up to us to stay in step with
communication capabilities that are in sync with a quality of life
commensurate with service.
We Are the Army’s Home.