Army Portal. (Readers Forum).I was delighted to read Sandra sandra (sänˑ·dr),
adj Erwin's article on Army Knowledge Online (AKO Ako (äkō`), city (1990 pop. 51,131), Hyogo prefecture, W Honshu, Japan, on the Harima Sea. Relying on its steel and chemical industries, Ako has become one of Japan's most polluted industrial cities. ), tided "Army Portal Web Site is Marketers' Dream" (November 2002). I thought your readers might like to know that while AKO does provide access to distance-and-distributed learning programs, its scope of use goes well beyond "training and education," as stared in the story.
AKO is the crux Crux (krks) [Lat.,=cross], small but brilliant southern constellation whose four most prominent members form a Latin cross, the famous Southern Cross. of the Army's strategy to transform itself into a "network-centric, knowledge-based force" and is the Arm/s single point of entry into a robust and scalable knowledge-management system accessible from any Internet Internet
Publicly accessible computer network connecting many smaller networks from around the world. It grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at the connection. Today, over 1.1 million subscribers, deployed anywhere in the world, from Afghanistan to Korea, are able to use AKO to securely access their e-mail, receive community-specific bulletins, securely store and share documents, collaborate in real-time 1. real-time - Describes an application which requires a program to respond to stimuli within some small upper limit of response time (typically milli- or microseconds). Process control at a chemical plant is the classic example. across departmental and geographic boundaries, up-date personal information, and much more.
With virtually limitless capabilities, AKO is the tool that has brought our armed forces into the Internet Age.
Col. Timothy A. Fong
G6, U.S. ARMY