SIGNAL Blogs

March 30, 2015
By Terry Roberts

Guest blogger Terry Roberts shares concerns about the ability of government to continuously attract, recruit and enable top talent of all ages, educational and experiential backgrounds. After all, organizations and companies alike are only as good as their leadership talent pool.

March 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

National Public Radio released a humorous, touching and all-around awesome video today, capturing tweets and photographs by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who launched to the International Space Station in May 2014 for a six-month space mission.

March 27, 2015
By Chris LaPoint

Just when you thought consolidation was a good thing. Guest blogger Chris LaPoint addresses the issue caused by consolidation of federal data centers and the added workload for administrators of the remaining centers who must manage the growing infrastructure—and all of the problems that brings—while still meeting service levels required by end users. 

March 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. federal agencies signed an agreement that sets the charter for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network to create a collaborative framework with an eventual goal of facilitating access to a wide range of testing that supports the sharing of the finite spectrum resource.

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture have been named co-chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council, a new federal government initiative aimed at increasing broadband investment and reducing barriers to broadband deployment and adoption. 

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
The WASUB team prepares for the Undersea Defence Technology 2015 competition.

A team of students from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, will use this year's Undersea Defence Technology exhibition to present a revolutionary man-powered submarine. The group, known as WASUB, designed the craft to break the world speed record for a single-person propeller driven submarine. 

March 20, 2015
By Bill Nolte

Guest blogger Bill Nolte discusses the need for a strategic review of America's intelligence.

March 18, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly all participants in a survey about video surveillance technology agreed that with the quantity of video data exploding, the potential for enhanced situational awareness and better intelligence is massive, but only if it is analyzed.

March 18, 2015
By George I. Seffers
The eyes have it in the Asia Pacific region, the fastest growing market for biometrics technology.

According to a new report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI), Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing government biometrics market globally, due to large-scale government national identification and e-passport programs. 

March 16, 2015
By Suzanne Petrie Liscouski

Guest blogger Suzanne Petrie Liscouski recaps one panel discussion from the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference on agile principles in procurement and goals, including successes with agile development and agile operations and maintenance.

March 16, 2015
By George I. Seffers

For our March PEO Spotlight column, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes communicates in the clear about the things that bug him most.

March 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly a dozen years ago, consumers were afforded some protection against receiving unwanted phone calls—the National Do Not Call Registry. But it's up to consumers to make sure it works. 

March 11, 2015
By George I. Seffers

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has announced its first business accelerator program, EMERGE!, aimed at entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas that address the unique needs of the homeland security community and whose wearable technologies could be adapted for first responder operations.

March 11, 2015
By George I. Seffers

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, announced this week a major research initiative called HEAT, which will pilot advanced cryptographic technologies that enable European citizens and businesses to process sensitive data in encrypted form.

March 10, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Carlos Kizzee from The Center for Internet Security and Rich Struse with the DHS talk about cybersecurity and information sharing at Homeland Security Conference.

Knowing the cybersecurity threat might be half the battle toward mitigating problems, but the popular push and mounting trend toward increased information sharing, particularly between industry and the federal government, is not the be all and end all.

March 10, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

As if cybersecurity of late has not been tough enough, the emergence of the ubiquitous network consisting of billions of Internet connections and smart gadgets presents an alarming security threat that has failed to draw a concerted effort by experts—both in the government and industry—to address the weaknesses and protect users, experts say.

March 9, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Terry Halvorsen assumed duties as the permanent chief information officer for the U.S. Defense Department, a role he served in as the acting for nearly a year.

March 5, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Systems competing in the DARPA robotics challenge must demonstrate the ability to help humans in case of emergency.

Twenty-five teams from around the world will face off in the DARPA Robotics Challenge final competition.

March 4, 2015
By Glenn Kesselman

You can reduce the probability of a cyber attack from a disgruntled employee by becoming more mindful of your command climate or employee attitudes and making a commitment to spending more time with your employees/members of your command.

March 3, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday ended its stalemate and voted to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security.

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