About 40 students from three
In welcoming them to the eighth annual event, Takai told the students the
"The job here -- the variety and number of technologies that you would work on here -- is pretty staggering," she said.
The department has the typical systems that any businesses would have -- finance, personnel and logistics, for example -- but it also has systems and processes that are available nowhere else, Takai said. She showed the students a video of Army Rangers operating in
"The bulk of our job is really in supplying the networks and communication, as well as the computer systems that run everything that
The military is changing, Takai said, getting away from large-scale interventions and moving toward small groups working with local allies and the forces of partner nations.
"These small groups require a level of communication that is really unprecedented," she told the students. "It's not only '
Takai spoke with the students about IT support that allows
These are options that these students - who never knew a world without laptops, social media or iPhones - will face in their adult lives, the CIO noted.
Takai stressed opportunities the
The department needs to grow its IT capabilities, Takai said. "We need you here," she told the students. "One thing I will tell you that is particularly unique in
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