The SIGNAL Blog
August 26, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Army has awarded a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to Oshkosh Defense LLC, part of Oshkosh Corporation. The Army and the U.S. Marine Corps are expected to replace the bulk of their high-mobility, multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) with 17,000 JLTVs beginning in 2016. The vehicle is designed to combine versatility and protection. It features enhanced ballistic protection, underbody protection similar to that of a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) and high-speed off-road mobility.
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Cybersecurity Is About Much More Than Conventional Information Sharing
August 28, 2015
By Robert B. Dix Jr.
The United States needs to adopt an information sharing model based on those of the National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control to address the changing nature of the cyberthreat.
Resetting the Balance in Public-Private Partnerships
August 24, 2015
By Bill Nolte
The public-private partnership is stumbling because technology leadership has shifted from government to the private sector. Both sides must adjust for that change for these partnerships to succeed.
The Len Sullivan Rules
August 21, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis
Tapping the commercial marketplace to meet defense needs is attractive at first glance, but defense firms and commercial firms have vastly different ways of doing business.
Inmarsat to Launch Third Global Xpress Satellite Aug. 28
August 17, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Inmarsat Incorporated plans to launch the anticipated third satellite of its Global Xpress network August 28 from Kazakhstan, a re-do launch after a previous attempt this summer was delayed. The third satellite is needed for complete coverage of the international company’s program to heighten global communication capabilities on land, at sea and in the air.
Military Robotics Is Moving Into Position
August 13, 2015
By David E. Meadows
The future for battlefield robotics is now, and many countries are committing to automated warfighting in a bid to catch up to the United States.
The Bottom Line: Fewer Conferences? So What? Revisited
August 12, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
What has been the fallout from government cutbacks and budget constraints for both government and industry personnel?
NIST Forms International Telecommunications Alliance
August 12, 2015
The 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance will focus on 3D channel modeling at high frequencies, or millimeter wavelengths, addressing how a wireless signal would propagate in different bands of the spectrum. The alliance will also focus on directional channel sounding, which involves measuring whether signals are distorted or lost in a given channel.
Shopping App Offers Quick, Curated Deals
August 4, 2015
By Rachel Lilly
The new mobile shopping app snach.it aims to combine the deep discounts of Groupon with the instant gratification of Snapchat. It simplifies the shopping experience by offering curated daily deals from top brands, but you only have 30 seconds to purchase, or the offer is gone.
Army Releases Manpack Radio Request for Proposals
August 4, 2015
The U.S. Army has released a request for proposals to procure additional Manpack Radios. Contract awards are expected in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
DNI Clapper Names New IARPA Director
August 3, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced today that he has selected Jason Matheny to be the next director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), effective immediately.