Welcome to "What's New in National Defense,? a podcast on military
technology and defense industry trends, from the December 2007
issue of National Defense Magazine.
December"s cover story takes a look at one the biggest paradoxes in
today's high-tech military: Troops in combat zones do not have easy
access to information.
The Army, as the other branches of the military, has spent billions
of dollars during the past decade building large networks and
communications systems, but that wealth of technology does not
necessarily flow down to low-level troops.
The problem often is described as a "digital divide? between the
technology haves — the upper echelons of command — and the
have-nots — the platoons and squads that are deployed in remote
areas. These small units for the most part are disconnected from
the Army"s main tactical networks and only are able to communicate
with short-range voice radios.