Version 2.0, the newest iteration of the Distributed Common Ground System Integration Backbone, or DIB, facilitates better information sharing across the military services and intelligence community. “With this version of the DIB, the DCGS programs of record can query each other’s holdings and find critical [intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance] information,” said Marine Corps Maj. Tony Barrett, DCGS multi-service execution team deputy director. He added, “Everyone is talking about the need for intelligence sharing, and this is a giant step forward.” DIB Version 2.0 puts the architecture in place to ensure all the different DCGS systems can interact by querying and retrieving information from each other’s catalogs of ISR information. With the release of Version 2.0 in October, work is already under way on Version 3.0, which is due for release around June 2011. Among its planned features will be better information sharing with coalition partners. (Hanscom report by Patty Welsh)
A B-52H bomber at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. executed an emergency landing due to an engine fire early Feb. 23. All crew members are reported unharmed, and the bomber operation at the base continues as usual as of Feb. 27, a base spokesperson told Air & Space Forces Magazine.