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Test Your Knowledge of U.S. Defense Department Technology Programs

If you've considered installing AV systems for the U.S. Defense Department (or already do), you need to brush up on tech-related DOD acronyms.

If you've considered installing AV systems for the U.S. Defense Department (or already do), you need to brush up on tech-related DOD acronyms. Match the acronym below with its description. Bonus points if you can recall what the acronyms stand for.

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1. JITC
2. PENREN
3. NGA
4. DISA
5. PEO EIS

A. This agency is funded by the DOD and develops geospatial intelligence. It relies heavily on advanced visualization technology and satellite imagery not only in support of defense operations, but also in the event of natural disasters and other incidents that benefit from its capabilities.

B. It's a combat support agency, but this organization also does some of the country's most advanced technology R&D. It oversees the Defense Information System Network's (DISN) videoconferencing connections through the DISN Video Services (DVS) Division. It also handles many of the DOD's most prominent command and control systems.

C. Without giving too much away, this program office oversees a vast renovation of the Defense Department's headquarters. While that includes building construction (five separate LEED awards to date), it also encompasses IT systems, conference room technologies, control centers, and more.

D. This DOD command evaluates, tests, and certifies technology systems for use by the military in classified and nonclassified applications. It maintains an Approved Products List of voice, video, and data services that includes communications gear from AV-related vendors such as Polycom and Tandberg.

E. This program office provides infrastructure and information management systems to the Army. Its vision is to "rapidly deliver cost-effective, easy-to-use, IT-based capabilities to the Army enterprise. Programs range from biometrics (which the AV industry wouldn't touch) to IT systems, which could include videoconferencing or other AV-IT applications.

Answers: 1, D; 2, C; 3, A; 4, B; 5, E.

Bonus: Joint Interoperability Test Command, Pentagon Renovation & Construction Program Office, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems



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