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Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms  (G)

G&A General and Administrative
GAO Government Accountability Office
GAQA Government Acquisition Quality Assurance
GAT Government Acceptance Test
GBL Government Bill of Lading
GCCS Global Command and Control System
GCS Ground Control Site; Guidance Control Section
GDA Government Design Activity
GDF Guidance for Development of the Force
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GE Government Estimate
GEF Guidance for Employment of the Force
GES Global Information Grid (GIG) Enterprise Services
GESP GIG (Global Information Grid) Enterprise Service Profiles
GFAE Government-Furnished Aeronautical Equipment
GFE Government-Furnished Equipment
GFF Government-Furnished Facilities
GFI Government-Furnished Information
GFM Government-Furnished Material
GFP Government-Furnished Property
GFS Government-Furnished Software
GIDEP Government-Industry Data Exchange Program
GIG Global Information Grid
GIP Ground Intercept Point
GNP Gross National Product
GOCO Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (Facility)
GOGO Government-Owned, Government-Operated (Facility)
GOTS Government Off-The-Shelf
GPETE General Purpose Electronic Test Equipment
GPLR Government Purpose License Rights
GPPC Government Property in the Possession of Contractors
GPRA Government Performance and Results Act (1993)
GPS Global Positioning System
GS General Schedule
GSA General Services Administration
GSBCA General Services Board of Contract Appeals
GSE Ground Support Equipment
GTG Global Information Grid Technical Guidance
GWOT Global War on Terror (Obsolete—See OCO (Overseas Contingency Operations))

Hagan, G (2011) Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms & Terms. Defense Acquisition University Press.  Fort Belvoir, VA., 22060

[via Defense Acquisition University]

Index of Acronyms

So the U.S. Army has already headed down the smartphone & tablet path with their Google Android based Mobile /Handheld Computing Environment, or CE. The U.S. Navy meanwhile has been dabbling in Apple’s iOS realm.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the Platform as a Service (PaaS) as a possible model for realizing increased effectiveness and efficiencies.  But if we want to truly maximize the capabilities of these devices abroad and especially while in the combat zone there is a significant need for a network.

In steps DeLorme with inReach.  A device that rides the Iriduim network to provide basic data service.  The inReach is able to provide via a standalone mode or combine with an Android phone or Earthmate PN-60w GPS to:

  • Send, receive text messages from beyond cell phone range
  • Get message delivery confirmation
  • Enable remote tracking
  • Send 2-way interactive SOS

No big deal right?  Well at the price point of $249 and a low monthly plan of less than $10 you’ve got quite a economical reach-back capability.  For a little bit more per month you can get that remote tracking (less than $25).  Now I’ve used the traditional Iridium phones and service and seen their price tags get quite ridiculous.  Think about this as a fall back solution vice the full blown Iridium handset.  Implement these in a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) and you’ve got the immediate network with built in tracking which can automatically relay current positions to aircraft in real-time to provide water and supplies faster for the vital relief.  You could also simply grab and go when you set out for a hike.  Imagine the lives saved domestically if they’d only had this on them when mother nature took a swing at them.

It really doesn’t get much better than this for an economical long term solution to ensure information transport in an otherwise non-network environment.  And for you iOS types rumor has it that it is coming sometime soon!

DeLorme inReach [Amazon]

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