From West Point to the Pentagon
Leavenworth and back down

Seven years after the launch of Wikipedia – the user-edited online encyclopedia that brought the “open source” concept to the masses – the U.S. Army is still playing catch-up. The Army’s idea of harnessing the ‘net is to launch isolated websites, put generals in charge and lock everything behind passwords, while banning popular open-source civilian websites.


Galvin advises patience. “Our leaders are getting comfortable working in that [collaborative] environment,” he says. And that means Army wikis aren’t far off. But even if they arrived tomorrow, they’d still be seven years late.

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  1. Unfortunately, the entire U.S. government is playing catch-up. As a side note, the Army could benefit from the unclassified version of Intellipedia, which has been opened up to members across the government, not just the intelligence community. We hope that first responders, academia, etc., will join this wiki instead of creating their own creating more cost and cutting the interlinking of content. Hey Army, if you’re listening, contact the ICES office at ODNI and they can give you access.

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