SIGNAL Blogs

July 7, 2016
By Katie Helwig

AFCEA International presents its next three-session contracting series, Growing Your Business in the Federal Contracting Arena, kicking off the courses with former chief operating officer and author David Kriegman, who will share his expertise and experiences in growing a small business into a billion dollar corporation. Time is running out to register.

July 6, 2016

U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman $103 million contract for JCREW system

July 6, 2016

IARPA has launched its Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge, inviting the broader research community of industry and academia, with or without experience in multiview satellite imagery, to participate in a competition to produce a solution to accurately produce 3-D mapping from satellite photos.

June 29, 2016
By Marcella Cavallaro

Big data is prevalent across the federal government, particularly the policy-shaping power of new data streams and better constituent information. Two years ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the DATA Act, which promotes an unprecedented level of transparency in the federal government that many critics argue was well overdue—especially as it relates to the costly problem of government fraud and waste.

June 28, 2016
By Brian Fogg

While innovations abound across the U.S. federal government and in the Defense Department, perhaps one of the more interesting efforts is the General Services Administration’s 18F Agile blanket purchase agreement (BPA)—a contract that delivers the best community-driven development practices tailored to the requirements of federal agencies.

June 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Cloud computing, mobile devices and apps and automation are some of the top technologies that will affect the future of homeland security, according to a panel of technology officers at the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Russell Deyo, undersecretary for management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, addresses attendees at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may sometimes seem like a confused teenager, but it is growing and maturing and striving to make the country stronger, reports Russell Deyo, the DHS undersecretary for management, at the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

June 24, 2016
Maryann Lawlor

The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise begins June 30 and will include 26 nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is "Capable, Adaptive, Partners."

June 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking wearable computers to monitor the canines used to protect U.S. borders. The department also seeks a Global Travel Assessment system and Internet of Things security solutions, officials told the 2016 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference audience.

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Anyone walking into the Air and Marine Operations Center may at first be impressed with the numerous workstations, the big screens and live video flowing in from cameras mounted on planes and data flowing from a variety of sensors in the United States and elsewhere. But first impressions can be deceiving.

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started a pilot program last week at the airport in Atlanta to collect biometrics on passengers leaving the country, marking the first time the United States has collected such information. A CBP official said the government released a request for information last night and hopes to release a request for proposals next year.

May 17, 2016
By Katie Helwig

AFCEA International's annual Homeland Security Conference takes place June 21 and 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., with small business interests well represented during the event.

6/20/16
By David E. Meadows

Ransomware is a menace, but potential victims can take a few simple steps to avoid becoming cyber hostages.

June 17, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Recent disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy demonstrated the importance of improving the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure at all levels of government. Ensuring consistent, uninterrupted communications during a disaster, and the days immediately following, is essential to an organization’s ability to meet mission-critical response requirements. Unfortunately, communications infrastructures easily fall victim to physical damage, leaving personnel and emergency responders unable to effectively communicate.

June 17, 2016

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $24,848,504 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0008 for an additional six months of logistics support for the Warrior A and Gray Eagle Block 0 unmanned aircraft systems. Work will be performed in Poway, with an estimated completion date of December 15. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $24,848,504 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

June 14, 2016
General managers of the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and AFCEA Europe, Maj. Gen. Koen Gijsbers (Ret.), l, and Maj. Gen. Klaus-Peter Treche, DEUAF (Ret.), sign a renewed Strategic Cooperation Arrangement for another three years.

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and AFCEA International this week signed a three-year Strategic Cooperation Arrangement that strengthens efforts to improve support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) needs and missions for NATO’s member nations. 

June 9, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
NATO officials highlight several business initiatives to meet future needs during the NITEC 2016 cyber conference in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marcos Fernandez Marin, NCI Agency

Industry said, “Show me the money,” and NATO obliged. Officials shared several key business initiatives to meet future NATO needs during the three-day NITEC 2016 cyber conference, informing industry members about 3 billion euros worth of upcoming business opportunities and contract work.

June 8, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The world needs at least 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals who do not exist—a labor shortage created by the increase in frequency and severity of cyber attacks and employers all fishing from the same pond, said Michael Cameron, vice president for business development, cyber and cybersecurity at Leidos, during the NITEC 2016 cyber conference.

June 7, 2016
by Sandra Jontz
Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, commander of Estonian Defense Forces, warns that Europe is too reactionary to world events while speaking at the NITEC 2016 cyber conference in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marcos Fernandez Marin, NCI Agency

Europe is asleep at the wheel and needs an awakening before it crashes, warned Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, commander of Estonian Defense Forces. The reactionary nature of the continent’s militaries has caught leaders unawares far too many times already, and forces no longer can afford to leave proactive measures to someone else, Gen. Terras shared at of NITEC 2016. 

June 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Ingvar Parnamae, undersecretary for defense investments for the Estonian Ministry of Defense shares some of the Baltic nation's defense challenges during NITEC 2016, running June 7-9 in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marcos Fernandez Marin, NCI Agency

Small nation-state budgets aren’t always such a bad thing, offered Ingvar Parnamae, undersecretary for defense investments for the Estonian Ministry of Defense. It forces leaders to make good choices—it is hoped. 

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