Back in May in the virtual pages of World Politics Review, The Washington Independent and Danger Room, I described how a small group of U.S. Army officers, led by Lt. Col. Tony Burgess, was creating a bunch of “Web 2.0″ tools to help connect soldiers all over the world for purposes of swapping ideas. The heart of the system is a multi-function forum that Burgess called a “virtual front porch.” I termed it “MilSpace” — an homage to MySpace.
Now Burgess, who is on his way to Iraq, writes in to say that his team has adopted that name. Here’s the colonel:
I am on my way to Iraq to interview company commanders and platoon leaders. Over the last three weeks, we rolled out the new version of the professional forums and, as a direct impact of your articles, we are indeed calling the overall learning system “MilSpace.” We will be incorporating new features and capabilities at a rate of about one per month over the next year – in a process of continuous improvement. I just wanted to say thanks and to invite you to feed us additional ideas.
One question I would love to have you thinking about on our behalf is, “What is emerging at the cutting edge that we need to know about and/or consider integrating into the forums?”
LTC Tony Burgess
at Ft Benning — on the way to Iraq
My opinion is far less valuable than the opinions of hundreds of my readers, so I’m passing Burgess’ request on to you. What Web 2.0 tools should the Army be considering as it expands its “social networking” footprint?
Write me at david_axe-at-hotmail.com or post your thoughts in the comments section. I’ll make sure Burgess and his people get it.
This is it, folks: a real opportunity for average joes like you and me to shape the way the U.S. Army evolves.