VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference continued Wednesday inVirginia Beach, bringing together military leaders and defensecontractors.
The theme of this year's conference is addressing the needs ofcombatant and coalition commanders five years into the future.
Although improvised explosive devices - or IEDs - continue to bea threat to combat troops today, dealing with and reducing thethreat in the future is, in itself, a developing science.
"It's not good to just wait to find an IED device and thendefeat that one specific IED," Daniel Kachmar of JKNIFE told WAVYNews 10. "If you attack the entire network, you're taking out theguy who's planting the IED, the guy who's funding him to plant theIED, and the bomb maker."
JNKIFE, a Suffolk based company, says it does this by gatheringintelligence and sharing that information with battlefieldcommanders faced with an imminent threat from an IED.
"We have a 24-hour watch that we'll respond to that," saidKachmar. "Sixty-six percent of those requests have been answeredwithin three hours."
At the conference, information technology seems to be the weaponof choice moving forward into 21st century warfare.
"We've developed a product we think will work very well forthat," said Wayne Eagleson, Product Manager. "It's called RDN,Rapidly Deployable Network."
According to the company, RDN can provide battlefield commanderswith information from several data sources including hand-heldwireless video devices.
"Live video feeds at high definition rates," said Eagleson.
When the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General DavidPetraeus, addressed the conference Wednesday via video link, hejoked about the desire of combat commanders to want it all, now andin the future.
"I've never met a commander, certainly not a combat commanderwho didn't say he needed more of everything," Petraeus told theconference attendees.
The 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference wraps up Thursday at theVirginia Beach Convention Center with an address from the Commanderof the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Marine Corps General JamesMattis.
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
Suffolk police are looking for a man and a woman they say robbed a Kangaroo Express gas station on Wilroy Road Sunday afternoon.
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