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Bill Hix: Army Must Have Access to Existing Comm Networks

us armyThe U.S. Army‘s top brass believes the branch should consider leveraging commercial networks instead of building military-specific communications infrastructure, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Sydney Freedberg writes Army officials attending a National Defense University seminar Wednesday suggested the branch could encrypt data to secure communications over a civilian network.

“We need to be able to rely — where it makes sense — on existing networks,” Maj. Gen. Bill Hix, an Army Training and Doctrine Command director, told reporters after the event.

An unnamed four-star general told Breaking Defense it requires a large amount of time to deploy command, control and communications and computers needed to set up an exclusive military network.

The seminar also covered efforts to arm robots for tactical operations and strengthen capabilities in order for U.S. armed forces to respond quickly to crises around the globe, Freedberg writes.

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