Online at CentCom

By David Talbot

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Commanders fill CentCom’s main conference room for a classified video teleconference meeting with Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Special Operations officials in the field. (The left-hand screen shows Navy commanders in Manama, Bahrain.) Eager to see faces and body language of far-flung subordinates, U.S. generals are enthusiastic adopters of these video links. “We’ll put it anywhere in the world they want it,” says Maj. Damon Stern, who helps maintain the networks. “You’ll see systems like this out in the middle of nowhere.”