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The Real Agents of Change

We presently are experiencing intense pressure not to raise the debt ceiling, prophecies about the downfall of government IT, more legislators considering reducing the once-sacred defense budget, and prophecies of gloom and doom relating to government programs in general. Despite this, a number of leaders and real change agents both in government and outside government offer us some real hope and shining examples.

A number of senior government and former government leaders are helping lead the Citizen Enabling Open Government initiative intended to make government responsive to the citizens who know what they need from government. Among its advisors are Dennis Wisnosky, DoD Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect of the DoD Business Mission Area, and Mark Forman, co-founder of Government Transaction Services and the first Federal Chief Information Officer. Mike Dunham, chair of the Enterprise Architecture Shared Interest Group of the American Council of Technology and Industry Advisory Council, has made the observation that these leaders “have really taken the bull by the horns.”

Some people’s eyes glaze over when you mention the term Enterprise Architecture (EA), may have misconceptions about what it truly means, and others think it is a colossal waste of money that produces negligible results. EA, regardless of whether it is the Federal Enterprise Architecture, the Department of Defense (DoD) Architecture Framework, or some other model, provides frameworks within which experts working with business and technology leaders and other specialists can categorize, inventory, and prioritize a current state of existing lines of business functions along with those technologies and programs that support them, then develop a future state.

Mark Forman was recently interviewed on EmeraldPlanet…

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Crowd-Sourcing Disaster Relief

Following the triple disasters in Japan of the earthquake , the tsunami, and the continuing nuclear crisis,  Dr. Lin Wells, Director, Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, was interviewed concerning his thoughts about emergency preparedness and disaster recovery efforts in Japan. Wells is a well-known expert in emergency preparedness and disaster recovery who has provided leadership and expertise in preparing for and responding to some of the worst disasters in recent history. His efforts to promote coordinated approaches are helping advance response and preparedness capabilities around the world. Wells has been interested in Japan since he was a teenager, is a graduate of their National Institute for Defense Studies, and still has many friends and colleagues there.

During our discussion, Wells drew upon many of his experiences with past disasters and populations under stress, noting some unique elements of the situation in Japan. The  nuclear element…  

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