The Department of Defense unveiled today a new design for DefenseLINK, the official Department of Defense web site on the World Wide Web.
"This redesign focuses on enhancing our content, as well as making the site easier to use," said Capt. Jim Knotts, DefenseLINK project manager. "Based on extensive research, DefenseLINK now offers more information for many groups of users with different information needs, especially DoD members and their families."
The index, or "home" page , is much more dynamic, changing as often as every 20 minutes as information is added to the site. The "home" page also provides quick access to information about key leaders, including the secretary of Defense , deputy secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff .
The NEWS section now includes radio news, speeches by key DoD leaders, a free subscription service to receive DoD news by electronic mail , and Armed Forces Information Service produced news articles in addition to the traditional news releases. Also, the normally-scheduled Tuesday and Thursday DoD news briefings are now available live and on-demand from DefenseLINK.
Research showed that DefenseLINK users wanted more photos of military activities, so there is a brand news section called MULTIMEDIA where visitors can find photos of recent military operations, military-related graphics, streaming audio clips and QuickTime video clips.
The PUBLICATIONS section has been reorganized to categorize the major DoD reports and studies so they are easier to find.
The QUESTIONS section also has been reorganized and many of the pages re-written to be easier to understand. The " Contact Us " page now includes more ways to contact the Department of Defense, including an online form, an email link, a postal mail address and a phone number.
- Functionally, the new design allows the pages to download quicker, standardizes the navigation throughout the site, and puts "last updated" dates and a link to the "Contact Us"
- information on almost all pages.
Finally, there is a new Site Map feature to allow visitors quickly to see the entire site at a glance and find the information they need.
More enhancements are planned in the coming months, such as the addition of video news and the ability to mail electronically news articles directly from the site.
DefenseLINK first went online in October 1994 as a cooperative effort between the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and the Defense Technical Information Center . The site receives nearly one-half million "hits" per month.