SIGNAL Blogs

June 18, 2015
By George I. Seffers

On the final day of the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, DISA officials wooed industry, stressing the need for cooperation and partnership to tackle the toughest problems faced by today’s warfighters.

June 18, 2015

AFCEA presents awards to three individuals for innovative cyber technology solutions during a ceremony at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. The winners were selected from 50 entries in AFCEA's Cyber Solutions Showcase.

June 17, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command, kicked off the second day of the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, during which military officials highlighted the importance of command and control in defending cyberspace.

Command and control of military networks takes center stage at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

June 16, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins Jr., USAF, director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), releases an updated strategic plan for the agency., Industry panelists discuss how to "Secure, Operate and Defend in the Commercial Sector."

Speakers and panelists at day one of the AFCEA International Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium outline goals and offer predictions, and the director of DISA releases an updated strategic plan for the agency.

June 19, 2015
By Robert Clark

Too many experts who are weighing in on the debate of when to consider a cyber attack an act of war are not experts at all. A nation's leadership must respond carefully using existing international guidelines.

June 16, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis

The U.S. defense industrial base seems to be going out with a whimper. Only four companies now crack the list of the top 100 U.S. firms based on revenue, and this unwelcome development has occurred against a backdrop of global instability and change.

June 11, 2015
By David E. Meadows

The Information Age is on the brink of a new revolution as quantum mechanics begins to influence its developments. But, uncertainty reigns when it comes to predicting what will emerge and how it will affect the world.

June 9, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia researchers work with new imaging techniques to view cell-level activity with unprecedented detail. (By Randy Montoya)

Sandia National Laboratories and the Georgia Institute of Technology signed a five-year memorandum of understanding that enables them to collaboratively solve science and technology problems of national importance.

June 9, 2015
By Brian Roach
The U.S. Navy Enterprise Data Center in San Diego at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific provides a centrally managed and secure application hosting environment for Navy customers.

The increased dependence on interconnected networks propelled the Defense Department to seek viable solutions to not just counter the upsurge of cyberthreats, but to do so at much quicker speeds. There's a catch, though.

June 9, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Technology is a wonderful way to stay in touch, but it’s summer and time to put gadgets away for a bit. Whether you live in a region with year-round sunshine or brutal winters, taking those paid vacation days benefits not just you and your family but also the economy.

June 8, 2014
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army has received permission to move the WIN-T Increment 2 into full-rate production and fielding.

Following a Defense Acquisition Board program review in May, the U.S. Army has received approval to proceed to full-rate production and fielding of its mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2.

June 8, 2015
By Al Krachman, Esq.

With limited exceptions, all protests originate with disappointed bidders, so on the surface, all protests are the fault of contractors. But how did the contractor find itself with the need to protest?

June 4, 2015
By Lewis Shepherd

The intelligence community must find a way to work with the private sector, or it risks falling dangerously behind in the key technologies that are reshaping society.

June 4, 2015
By Brian Fogg

Innovation and invention are not synonymous terms. In an ideal environment, invention could be the ultimate panacea for the challenges we currently face, especially in an era where we have gone from an "ideal” world to one that is “good enough."

June 3, 2015
By Glenn Kesselman

If individuals or organizations are not pursuing even the most basic cyber hygiene measures, then they may need a cyber concierge to set them straight.

June 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers

A NATO coalition of scientists and researchers recently experimented with a variety of underwater robots in a joint scientific mine countermeasures sea trial.

June 1, 2015

Insight Public Sector Inc., Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded $30,934,596 for call MU01 against a previously awarded blanket purchase agreement (N66001-15-A-0001) to procure Microsoft brand name enterprise licenses and support, known as software assurance. The company also is being awarded $18,401,694 for call MU02 under the same contract. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

 

May 29, 2015
By Robert B. Dix Jr.

The U.S. government has been developing a national cyber response plan for nearly seven years. It's time the deliberation ended and a final version emerged to guide the nation through any potential cyber contingency.

May 28, 2015
By Terry Roberts

The advanced skill sets of intelligence and cyber professionals now are applicable across the spectrum of the business world. Government risks losing this valuable group of people unless it changes its ways.

May 27, 2015
By Allan L. Mink

The national capital region may receive its own joint information environment, or JIE. It would generate many advantages for its users, but some others might suffer from the new environment.

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