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.