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PACOM Commander Talks Intelligence, Technology, and Pokémon

By Staff Sgt. Mark Miranda | | Aug. 5, 2016

ATLANTA, Georgia – Adm. Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), , spoke at the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DODIIS) Worldwide Conference Aug. 3.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to address this audience, the foremost experts in the DOD Intelligence and Information systems, or DODIIS – and the highest concentration of level 20-plus Pokémon Go players in all of Atlanta,” Harris said in his opening remarks. “In all seriousness, this forum is the perfect place to discuss how we can use and improve our information systems to better inform and integrate at the speed of operations.”

Hosted by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Janice Glover-Jones, the 2016 conference's theme, “Mission Integration at the Speed of Operations” was  designed to highlight the DIA CIO's commitment to provide rapid, integrated solutions to our mission partners.

During his speech Harris emphasized the importance of the systems that deliver information and intelligence quickly and coherently to our operators and coalition partners, making them critical to mission success.

“From my personal experience as a system user, I can tell you that the insights from intelligence derived over DODIIS are intuitive and easy to grasp. I don’t have to become the lead analyst, I get to be the lead user,” Harris stated.

In addition to  plenary speakers, the conference featured a comprehensive selection of breakout sessions focusing on integration across the Intelligence Community (IC), integration between intelligence and mission, and rapidly developing and deploying mission-focused solutions. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from and interact with a broad range of Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and industry leaders about the information technology issues impacting the mission user.

“Military operations depend on information technology and intelligence,” said Harris. “As we confront evolving, agile, and advanced adversaries, we must ensure our continued access to an uninterrupted flow of intelligence and a sharing of information to maintain our superiority.”