November 1, 2014
When the U.S. military began its now popularly termed “Asia pivot” a few years ago, the new outward focus on the Pacific region as a national military priority warranted some internal Defense Department focus on how to achieve the mission—to include bumping up the position for the U.S. Army Pacific commander from a three-star general to a four-star. Accordingly, the new position would need a four-star mission command center.
Army engineers of all stripes went to work on creating a new U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) mission command facility (MCF) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. It not only consolidates command and control capabilities and provides the Army’s theater commander with a state-of-the-art facility, but also it dovetails with the Pentagon’s major effort to standardize network services across all of the Defense Department known as the Joint Information Environment (JIE).
“The focus has really been shifted to the Pacific, and as a result of that, leadership changes are now in place to meet those requirements,” says Lt. Col. Mollie A. Pearson, USA, product manager for Power Projection Enablers (P2E) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Read the full story at: http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=node/13622