SIGNAL Blogs

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Information technology systems, elements and methodologies are becoming more of a factor in U.S. naval aviation. Virtual capabilities are supplanting physical training, and new architectures may allow faster incorporation of new technologies.

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The sequestration bill that has been the bane of military procurement may be on its last legs, although its reach still has some distance to go. That is the prediction of a Washington, D.C., attorney who specializes in defense procurement.

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Adopting commercial practices in military acquisition would help both the Defense Department and the companies that serve it. Both entities have slipped into risk-averse behavior that benefits neither and hurts the warfighting customer, said industry and former government experts.

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Archaic acquisition regulations designed to reduce risk, teamed with commercial technology controls, are inhibiting efforts to procure information technology systems quickly and effectively, according to military and civilian experts.

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on network advances that empower warfighters to an unprecedented degree. The result will be that smaller groups of Marines will have more capabilities than larger units had just a few years ago.

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The advantages offered by defense network advances need to be sped to both the warfighter and the decision maker, according to a panel of service communicators. Improvements from security to data storage offer vital capabilities that vary among the different ranks in the military.

February 11, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Aaron Nicely, of RE2, manipulates the High Dexterity Robot to retrieve candy from a bag at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is going back to high school—sort of. The research arm of the Defense Department launched a challenge for all high school students called Robots4Us, a video contest on societal implications of robotics.

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy is looking at being able to wage electromagnetic maneuver warfare in what may be an increasingly contested digital environment.

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy is focusing on training its personnel to overcome adversaries that are closing the technology gap with the fleet, according to the admiral in charge of fleet readiness. While the sea service continues to seek game-changing technologies to restore supremacy, it also is relying on new tactics and operational methods to overcome adversaries at sea, underwater, in the air and in cyberspace.

February 11, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The White House this week announced that it is creating a federal agency to keep tabs on and counter cybersecurity threats against the United States. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will be the clearinghouse for collaborative offensive and defensive work performed by the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Non-commissioned officers from the three sea services agree that suicide and sexual assault are two serious issues affecting personnel that must be solved if the military is to maintain a high-quality force.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States has what military personnel leaders describe as the best educated, best trained and best equipped force in history. Yet, this force is showing strains as the military endures its most stressful environment in recent memory.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. military must upgrade or replace aging equipment just as it faces new challenges that require revised force priorities, according to the commanding general of the U.S. Northern Command.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The postwar defense funding reductions the U.S. military now is facing are taking place under entirely different conditions than their predecessors, noted the commander of the U.S. Northern Command.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Individual U.S. Marines are carrying too heavy a load into combat thanks to new information technologies, said the commanding general of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

New defensive technologies have risen in importance as the U.S. Navy confronts a host of new and diverse threats to its surface ships.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Special operations forces have become so essential to military mission success that they should be incorporated into conventional force plans, according to a Marine Corps general.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Lasers, railguns and unmanned underwater vehicles are just a few of the new capabilities the U.S. Defense Department is counting on to overcome advances pursued by potential adversaries.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. military will need several years to reset and rebuild its military following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the deputy secretary of defense.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Needing a new long-range anti-ship missile, the U.S. Navy has configured a Tomahawk cruise missile to perform that role. The service saved a large amount of scarce funding in adapting an existing system instead of developing a new one, stated a high-ranking defense official.

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