BATTLE COMMAND KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM

Tuesday April 19, 2005

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)

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

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WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Cabinet appointments delayed, disputes growing (USAT | EB)
  • Assassination of Iraqi official in Baghdad (NYT | EB)
  • No hostages found in Iraqi forces search (LAT | EB)
  • Border city in Iraq faces much violence (USAT | EB)
  • Detainees remain the best source of information on Al Qaeda (WT | EB)
  • Insurgents staging more sophisticated attacks (WP | EB)
  • Iraqi army, U.S. Soldiers arrest former general, defuse IEDs (ARNEWS)
  • Rebuilding Fallujah slow due to increased security (WP | EB)
  • DoD Joint Task Force making progress against IED threat (AFIS)
  • Shiite bloc says it won't oppose execution of Hussein (WP | EB)
  • Taliban radio station touts anti-government message (WT | EB)
  • Afghans turning in weapons to military, civil authorities (AFIS)

OF INTEREST

  • DoD expands existing whistleblower protections (AFIS)
  • DoD close to $6M sponsorship deal on renaming RFK Stadium (WP | EB)
  • Defense contract reforms of the 1990s up for review (NYT | EB)
  • Pentagon review board approves funding for unmanned spy plane (WSJ/EB)
  • Kevlar shorts not in huge demand (DMN | EB)
  • N. Korea hints at a growing nuclear arsenal (USAT | EB)
  • U.S. and Seoul debate N. Korea's next step (WSJ/EB)
  • Iran fighting global sanctions with its oil fields (NYT | EB)
  • India, Pakistan promise to bolster peace efforts (USAT/EB)
  • Japan and China remain in political deadlock (WP | EB)
  • Moussaoui intends to plead guilty to involvement in 9/11 (WP | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Military ties between U.S. and S. Korea in transition (Korea Herald)
  • Australia, China agree to begin trade talks (The Australian)
  • Palestine seeks more coordination from Israel on Gaza Strip pullout (Middle East Times)

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Events

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!

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

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