STUTTGART, Germany — The U.S. European Command's official Web site, www.eucom.mil, recently underwent a makeover, which was unveiled Feb. 1. The commander, Army Gen. John Craddock, directed his staff to develop a site that was inviting, and encourages dialogue and transparency with the public, while still providing information on U.S. military activities within EUCOM's area of focus.
The result is a command site that utilizes the latest Web technology as a way to streamline information and get the commandds mission, priorities and news to visitors of the site in a variety of ways.
"We leveraged Web 2.0 technology and simplified our site's look-and-feel to make it easy to find information and encourage discussions with the public in ways we never have," said Navy Capt. Ed Buclatin, director of public affairs. "We are taking the EUCOM Web site one step further by including links to our presence on popular New Media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The site will continue to evolve over time, as new Web technologies are introduced. In this Web 2.0 age, the days of a stagnant web designs are over - they need to be innovative, intuitive, informative and, most importantly, interactive."
The EUCOM Web site now provides an increased interaction between staff leadership and the general public. There is an option for visitors to comment and share articles and photos through one of the dozens of social networking sites available on the Web.
Another new feature, and one that is likely to garner much attention, is the EUCOM Command Blog. This feature creates a forum for command leadership to conduct open dialogue with the public on issues pertaining to the commandds area of focus, as well as provide a venue for the commander to express his thoughts.
"The blog is going to be a very useful tool in getting our message out directly to the public and receiving feedback," said Craddock. "The U.S. European Command has been an enduring presence in the security of Europe for nearly 60 years. Improved transparency and access through this new site are key factors to our mission as we continue to build upon our strategy of active security."
The command has not traded security for added features and public access. Every aspect of security that protects the command and ultimately the Department of Defense computer systems is still in full effect.
"We would never give up security for access," said Air Force Brig. Gen. David Cotton, director of command, control, communications and war-fighting integration. "We have an outstanding team of folks working to ensure the integrity of the commandds computer systems. If we didn't feel we could continue to keep the networks secure, we wouldn't have recommended and supported the change."
Communicating and sharing information with the public will be immediate and transparent as the EUCOM Web site utilizes the latest technology and continues to expand its functionality.