SIGNAL Blogs

December 31, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

So the countdown is on … the countdown for a new year, new challenges and new triumphs. During 2015, the nation’s top weather experts are slated to get a new weather satellite. The Pentagon will get a new chief. The Army will get at least four new uniforms. But before we look into the future, we highlight DARPA's video countdown that sums up 2014.

December 30, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Industry and hobbyist groups have partnered with the federal government to launch a campaign geared toward educating the soaring number of drone enthusiasts who are taking to the skies.

December 29, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. Marines are testing skill sets integrated with technology in an effort to succeed in a combined conventional warfare/cyber warfare setting, employing devices such as integrated head-mounted displays and sensors on the battlefield and avoiding information overload.

December 23, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence outlines a threat to medical devices and launches a search for solutions.

December 19, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Engineering competition challenges middle school, high school and college students to identify a problem or process that needs improvement and offer solutions using a wireless technology.

December 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Cyber attackers might have compromised computer files of more than 40,000 employees following an attack on federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

December 16, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Industry and academia are gearing up to showcase some of the most advanced robotics and research work at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, a competition of robotic systems and software teams developing robots with a goal of helping humans respond to natural and man-made disasters.

December 15, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released a draft of suggestions and recommended revisions to its cloud computing security requirements guide (SRG), which documents the agency’s cloud security requirements for the Defense Department. When accepted, the new SRG would supersede and rescind the previously published cloud security model.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, discusses the need for innovation to maintain U.S. superiority after receiving the text of his speech from a remote controlled drone.

The U.S. lead in military technology is too great, not enough or disappearing, depending on which expert is speaking. And, all three statements might be accurate in their own ways.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The traditional paths to innovation may not be enough to maintain U.S. leadership in that endeavor. So, innovative ideas may be necessary for pursuing innovation.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

For years, the United States maintained economic and military superiority through technological innovation. Now, that lead is diminishing, and the country must find the resources to respond.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The technology gap caused by the growing sophistication of U.S. defense communications and networking systems threatens to leave less advanced nations unable to participate effectively in coalitions. One approach to mitigate the gap is to have allies work with the United States on establishing standards for new systems and capabilities.

December 12, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Serial has become more than an ordinary podcast. Its captivating story line has listeners joining in the conversation, an approach that could help governments solve larger problems.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

If cyberspace is a warfighting domain, then warfighters should expect that it will not perform as desired. The same maneuver warfare skills common on the battlespace need to be applied to cyberspace.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

"Call of Duty" may be a sleeper introductory tool for future military personnel, according to a Marine Corps general.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

As the U.S Marine Corps returns to its roots as a rapidly deployable amphibious force, it needs better communications and networking gear that is small and lightweight for the amphibious mission.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being longtime allies does not give U.S. forces carte blanche in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere ally is hosting a U.S. Marine Corps detachment, but U.S. forces are treading carefully so as not to upset relations as a new relationship is built.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command, describes some of the solutions being pursued to protect networks against cyber attack.

The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) increasingly is turning to technology to solve problems ranging from new threats to the tyranny of distance over the vast Asia-Pacific region. Cyberspace is both a source of challenges and a potential venue for addressing many of the challenges PACOM is facing as the pace of change picks up in the globe’s largest, most populous area of operations.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Some interoperability issues are cultural, not technical. Now, a new approach uses advanced virtual technology to help overcome cultural issues before a coalition is formed.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Many nations are loath to share data in a coalition operation, because they fear the wrong partner will access sensitive information. Now, a new system under development will allow countries to tag data for only the countries that they want to view it.

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