Online at CentCom
By David Talbot
Raw information from the field arrives here, the Joint Information Operations Center. Workstations are manned by 46 “watch officers” responsible for everything from drone aircraft pictures to weather reports. (Dummy images were displayed during the photo session.) Journalists sometimes report things first, so CentCom monitors news programs, too. Internet connections and military satellites form the networks’ secure backbone, but much equipment and operating software is commercial, on the belief this ensures easier adoption.