C4ISR Journal celebrated its 2010 Big 25 Award finalists and revealed the Top 5 winners during a banquet at the 10th annual C4ISR Journal Conference in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2010.
C4ISR Journal Editor Ben Iannotta said this year's Big 25 selections were made with the knowledge that intelligence challenges are vast and growing, noting the C4ISR community's need to keep a watchful eye on not only battlefields and shipping lanes, but also on national borders and cyberspace.
"They have to be ready to sound the alarm of the next terror attack," he said before presenting the Top 5 awards. "Over all these issues hovers a major, new challenge. All must be done affordably or it simply won't get done, which is something none of us can afford."
This was the third annual Big 25 Awards ceremony. C4ISR Journal editors scan the industry and intelligence community for the technologies and organizations that they believe have had the most impact.
The awards are divided into five categories: Sensors that gather ISR data; Innovations - promising technologies; Organizations - government agencies or groups that are addressing intelligence-related problems; Network Systems that route information to where it needs to go; and Platforms - the aircraft, ships or ground vehicles that carry the sensors.
DIA's Stability Operations Information Centers (SOICs) of which IWP student Matt Flynn was part in Afghanistan, won in the "Organizations" category. Matt was there to accept the award along with some colleagues.
For full text from the article about the awards published in October's C4ISR journal, please click here.
For a picture of Matt and SOIC colleagues at the awards ceremony, please click here. Matt is pictured to the right in picture 4.