US Navy Commander Greg Glaros of the Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation discusses some of the tools the Pentagon is employing to deal with the challenges facing today's military. In situations where the best communication method is often shouting and access to networks is non-existent, employing high-tech solutions requires specialized tactics.
When a billion dollar ship can be destroyed by a hundred dollar mine, new ideas and concepts need to be developed to offer solutions other than kill or be killed. Similarly, a modern military has to be able to multitask, providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief as well as being ready for combat. New ideas and technologies can give the US military advantages that previous tactics could not provide.
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Commander Greg Glaros is a Naval Aviator, Strike/Fighter pilot and dual qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) currently assigned to the Secretary of Defense's Office of Force Transformation (OFT). He is the project lead and intellectual pioneer for several Transformational initiatives to include; Re-directed Energy (High Energy Lasers and Airborne Relay Mirrors), TacSat-1 (Tactical MicroSatellite Operational Experiment - gaining tactical access to space), Seaborne Composite Coalition (creating national competitive advantage for shipbuilding with high speed composite vessels), Wolf PAC (engineering distributed operations and command & control of large numbers of geographically dispersed networked assets) and Stiletto (high performance, high-speed composite craft).
Commander Glaros' awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Individual Air Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign, unit and sea service awards.
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