Chris A Ciufo, General Micro Systems
Future battles may be fought against so-called "near-peer" adversaries who may already be ahead of America's best technologies. It's time to adopt the latest consumer technologies in the command post by making the post more mobile or by making it virtual, like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots who operate far from the front lines. That strategy requires that an entire tent worth of analysts, radio operators, and personnel - plus their generators, SATCOM [satellite communications] gear, and miscellaneous hardware - be shrunk down to something that fits in the back of a Humvee, an MRAP [Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected] vehicle, or a Stryker armored vehicle.
Freezing conditions at 40,000 feet; scorching heat in the Middle East. These are the world's battlefields for rugged servers.
Saving space in cramped ground vehicles is as "simple" as combining computers and displays into one chassis - once the new system challenges that arise are managed.