DOD Launches Wire Service For Employees - InformationWeek
Government // Enterprise Architecture
06:00 PM

DOD Launches Wire Service For Employees

News aggregator milWire scours Internet for info relevant to Department of Defense employees, joins other tools including a YouTube-like service on DOD-only website.

5 Helpful Online Services From Uncle Sam
5 Helpful Online Services From Uncle Sam
(click image for larger view)
The Department of Defense has introduced an online tool to its employees that enables targeted information sharing. The goal is to increase the visibility of relevant content and news on the Internet and share it with interested groups on milSuite, a DOD-wide secure website.

The new tool, called milWire, aggregates news and information on 15 topics, ranging from science and technology to education and training. The topics were created from a list of every military role in the DOD, according to the MilTech Solutions Office, an organization that's part of the Army's Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), which oversees milSuite.

Using milWire, employees can receive targeted information when they choose people and topics to follow on milSuite. It's especially useful for sharing ideas, MilTech said. The information, however, is located behind a firewall and available only to DOD employees, who access milSuite using Common Access Cards (CAC).

MilSuite is a collection of online workforce collaboration tools that function like existing social media platforms. The tools allow members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and National Guard to share information regardless of their location.

[ Learn from other government IT pros and read 5 Habits Of Highly Effective Government IT Leaders. ]

MilSuite also includes milWiki, a military encyclopedia similar to Wikipedia, which is edited by subject experts. There is also MilBook, a professional networking tool; milBlog, used for internal news and events; and milTube, a video-sharing platform for military employees.

When users create content in milBook, milTube or milWiki, they now have the option to post to milWire, allowing the information to be shared across all the applications and increasing its prominence.

MilWire boasts "related content" widgets that make it easier for users to find information on milSuite sites. The milSuite team is also considering linking to external content that users might be interested in, including DOD news sources. If the DOD implements that feature, multiple external news sources would show up in a milWire feed, serving content to users in one place.

"We're trying to find the best way to integrate external information into the site, since we want the community's contributions to still be front and center. And, with milWire, everyone in milSuite can contribute, which is great," milSuite product director Tom Curran, said in a written statement.

Keeping social media behind the firewall is part of the DOD's ongoing efforts to secure information sharing. "The two most important things at this point are information sharing and information security, and they have to be managed together. In the past we tended to look at them as two separate disciplines," former DOD deputy CIO David Wennergren told InformationWeek in December 2009, around the time the DOD rolled out its Web 2.0 services.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll