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Who says the U.S. armed forces are out of touch on the web?

Reddit is not always a kind place for the U.S. Armed Forces, being a favorite stomping ground for many members of Anonymous and 4Chan.  But apparently some military officers have been taking note of the site's success and are planning to incorporate a look alike into NIPRNet -- a low-clearance network commonly available to U.S. Armed Forces personnel.

NIPRNet already offers milWiki, milBook, milTube, and milBlog -- analogues of Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, and LiveJournal (the latter of which uses the popular WordPress platform).  These web apps -- organized in a portal called milSuite -- are firewalled and focused on military topics/discussions.  Now the milSuite will be adding Eureka, a Reddit clone.

As with Reddit, users will be able to comment on posts and either vote them up or down.  Popular posts are more likely to catch the eyes of commanding officers and get implemented.

The milSuite has been a high-tech success story for the armed forces, and today has 200,000 users.  Over 200 generals and admirals use the platform -- even several four-stars.

The new Reddit clone will be designed for the solicitation of suggestions on how to improve all aspects of U.S. from the cyber-security all the way down to the low-tech necessities like mess halls.  

Eureka, a Reddit clone, is the latest milSuite addition. [Image Source: DOD via Defense News]

Jim Benn, deputy director of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate -- a military organization tasked with developing organizational solutions for the entire armed forces -- describes, "There are many things that the formal system misses, because not only are we working the problem, we’re working the budget and policy issues that surround the problem.  Sometimes we need that infusion of great ideas coming in from an external source. The notion of having your idea voted up will strike a harmonious chord that’s in many of us."

The idea for Eureka was first lofted by Lt. Col. Lawrence Grega who envisioned a "corral of ideas".  He describes, "When I'm long gone, what I was out to do is going to be there for people to look at."

As military colleges and training centers begin to mandate milSuite use, Mr. Benn expects use to grow.  He comments, "By December 2015, we expect the force to have come full circle, and that using milSuite will be a rule and not an exception."

Access to Eureka will only require a common access card, opening the door to many civilians, such as those working at U.S. Department of Defense contractors.  Within the ranks, the team expects to use a mixture of financial rewards and competitive commendations to incentivize posting well-received suggestions.

Comments Director Benn, "[A single] soldier has the ability to influence the Army."

Source: Defense News

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I have some ideas
By tayb on 6/27/12, Rating: 0
RE: I have some ideas
By JasonMick on 6/27/2012 6:42:15 PM , Rating: 2
1. Send them home

I guess I only have one idea.
But... but... how do we enforce the precious hegemony which federal politicians' corporate bosses cling to, then? /confused

RE: I have some ideas
By inperfectdarkness on 6/28/2012 5:53:40 AM , Rating: 5
While I could argue for hours on how opinions like yours show a woeful lack of insight into national security and foreign policy...I think perhaps I'll just suggest the following:

Let's cut all funding for the military altogether; give the tree-huggers something to be happy about. In return, we can use all that money on a betting-pool to see how long it will take before the USA collectively wakes up from it's Jersey-Shore/American Idol induced catatonia that has spawned a stupifying level of indifference and (even worse), disdain for its own military. I suspect that it wouldn't be very long before those same idiots who are blind to the freedoms they enjoy would be screaming in agony over having lost them.

If there was legitimate public outcry over the use or abuse of our military--we would have a clean sheet of representatives in Washington each election year. Clausewitz understood this over 150 years ago--war is an extension of policy. Blame the legislator, not the soldier.

RE: I have some ideas
By FITCamaro on 6/28/2012 9:16:50 AM , Rating: 2
At first I just rated you up.

But I just have to say, bravo. /clap

RE: I have some ideas
By Spuke on 6/28/2012 6:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that was pretty awesome.

RE: I have some ideas
By Ramstark on 6/29/2012 1:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
+6 to that comment

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