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Edition: Tue, April 19, 2005
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

BCKS [Battle Command Knowledge System]provides the right information or knowledge, to the right person, at the right time and [in]the right format.

Lt. Col. Joe T. Koskey
Director, BCKS

TODAY'S FOCUS

BATTLE COMMAND KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM
"Harnessing Army Knowledge"

In August 2004, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center implemented the Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS) which is designed to facilitate the communication of knowledge between Soldiers, units, and commands.

BCKS streamlines information, getting relevant knowledge to Soldiers more quickly. It works like a Web browser.

There are four major areas of BCKS:

1. Leader Network - allows communication between Soldiers and peers

2. Unit Network - provides tactical support information to units.

3. Warrior Knowledge Base - serves as a central repository focusing on Army knowledge and best practices.

4. Rapid Knowledge and Solutions Generation Network -allows users to place requests for information that can be forwarded to a network of approximately 400 subject matter experts.

The Army recognized the need for BCKS when it noticed its young officers and enlisted Soldiers using current technologies, such as chat rooms, Web sites and e-mail, to share professional knowledge and experiences. BCKS was built to facilitate this information exchange with a secure but nonrestrictive environment.

Active duty Soldiers, Reserve Soldiers and National Guardsmen can access the Battle Command Knowledge System at https://bcks.army.mil. An AKO username and password is required to gain access.

Source: The Fort Leavenworth Lamp (Online)

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CALENDAR

18 April 2005 - Registration opens for the 230th Army Birthday Ball. This year's theme is Call to Duty - 230 Years of Service to Our Nation. The ball will be held at the Hilton Washington Hotel, on Saturday, 18 June 2005. All Army members, family members, DA civilians, retirees and veterans are invited for an elegant evening of dining, dancing and entertainment. Formal attire required. Visit AKO for more information and reservations (www.us.army.mil). Seats are limited so order your tickets now!

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