WEdge Briefing System
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Warfighter’s Edge WEdge Briefing System The WEdge Briefing System is the next generation of Briefing Room Interactive (BRI) systems designed to provide a real-time flow of mission, training and supplemental information with minimal effort needed by the operator. Created by warfighters who saw deficiencies in other existing briefing systems, the WEdge Briefing System dynamically updates briefings with live data and can be used to share briefings and information between units. It provides warfighters detailed, accurate mission information, tailored to their needs. With this system, users are given a dynamic, net-centric environment that helps them to plan their next briefing. Accurate, detailed mission briefings are critical to flying operations. The most common computer-based tool for creating these slides is Microsoft PowerPoint®. The WEdge Briefing System takes a warfighter’s familiarity with PowerPoint and extends its capabilities. The WEdge Briefing System accesses net-centric data sources and transforms the data with the use of simple “data tags.” The process creates a customizable, user-friendly format that dramatically reduces the time spent manually retrieving, verifying and organizing mission information. The end result is a briefing that is more efficient, valid and ultimately more effective. Time Savings One of the best features of the WEdge Briefing System, is how it centralizes briefing information. Currently, local personnel gather data from a multitude of sources and manually insert the information into a briefing. With the WEdge Briefing System, users can connect directly to a database of information. The information can then be placed directly into a presentation, saving hours of preparation time for every briefing, ensuring accuracy. Machine to Machine When data is manually extracted, the danger of introducing transcription errors or presenting outdated material in a changing mission environment becomes a threat to data integrity. With The WEdge Briefing System, data is loaded directly from its source, machine-to-machine, preventing inaccurate presentations. With the WEdge Briefing System, users gain unprecedented data integrity and validation with mission products. Automatic Updates When connected to a WEdge network, warfighters receive automatic updates to all subscribed briefings. But briefings do not depend on the network to function. If connectivity is temporarily lost, briefings can still be presented with the last known live data. Once the network is restored, the briefings are updated automatically. Communication Access to the latest and most accurate information is critical for Air Force personnel. The WEdge Briefing System automatically synchronizes briefing materials to every presentation computer. Providing briefing materials developed at one location can be used by pilots at another location through the timely sharing of data. WEdge allows the materials to be published to a central database or repository, where any WEdge user can subscribe to documents and receive updates. WEdge is available on the NIPRnet, SIPRnet and is authorized for use on JWICS. Briefings on the NIPRnet are published manually twice daily to the SIPRnet. Security Briefings are shared between the user’s base and the central repository using secure, encrypted communication channels. WEdge fully controls a unit’s briefing system through managed user accounts. The ability gives WEdge managers the ability to change briefings, while users can only run the briefings. WEdge also only allows those with a registered CAC or username and password to login and access the briefing material. Minimal Training Costs Because the WEdge Briefing System is based on PowerPoint ®, very little end-user training is required. Briefing presenters and content editors are already familiar with the presentation tools and only require instructions on using the WEdge functionality and administering a WEdge system. The system functions are vast and training as a primary POC or manager is highly recommended. WEdge offers a three day training course at USAFA that covers all aspects of WEdge operation and maintenance. _________________________________________________________________ The WEdge team can be reached by phone at DSN 333-2992 or COMM 719-333-2992. You can also con- tact us by email at info@WEdge.hpc.mil. You can also visit the WEdge website for more information at www.WEdge.hpc.mil. History of WEdge The Warfighter’s Edge Briefing System is a vastly improved follow-on to Briefing Room Interactive (BRI), where the idea of linking PowerPoint shows with simplicity was developed. A growing interest in the program resulted in further WEdge development at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The program has become such a success that the managers of the project received the 2007 Air Force Research and Develop- ment Award for their efforts. WEdge is a project of the Institute for Information Technology Applications. The Institute develops research topics, selects researchers, administers sponsored research, publicizes results, and hosts conferences and work- shops to facilitate the dissemination of research findings to a wide range of private and government organiza- tions. In addition, IITA seeks to help prepare USAFA graduates for a high technology Air Force by involving ca- dets in research projects as researchers. It is now Air Combat Command’s Briefing System of Record and free for all USAF users.