SIGNAL Blogs

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.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army Pacific has a plan—coordinated with an overall Army modernization effort—to incorporate commercial innovation into its force to overcome many of the challenges it faces in the vast Asia-Pacific region.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Truly effective leaders eschew digital media such as email and social media when they communicate with their workers. The best form of leadership communication is face to face, according to a panel of government, military and business leaders.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The deck is stacked in favor of cyber attackers against defenders. And, that trend is likely to worsen as the march of technology enables new capabilities that empower more cybermarauders.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

While terrorists can inflict individual points of damage to the U.S. homeland, cyberspace attacks hold the greatest potential for inflicting devastating damage that could change the nature of the nation.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Security experts must have full network awareness in real time if they are to thwart the growing cyberspace threat. Programs such as the joint regional security stacks (JRSS) may hold the key to securing networks against dominance by cybermarauders.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Cyber Command has granted the head of DISA directive authority over the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) for cyber matters.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Cyber Command's Cyber Mission Force is generating teams and assigning them to combatant commands, but they are still in the learning phase for their missions. Half the teams will focus on defense, and the other half will focus on initiating activities.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific, describes the challenges facing coalition assured interoperability.

As the only trusted major power in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States literally finds itself at the heart of all coalition networking activities. Amid the pivot to the Pacific, the nation also is striving to modernize the force while it confronts budgetary uncertainties domestically and abroad.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Creating an effective mission partner environment (MPE) is a daunting task entwined with that of the Joint Information Environment.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter will need better access to the White House than that experienced by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel. That is the conclusion of John Grimes, the former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, who called Carter an excellent choice for the department.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The new word for the Defense Department CIO office is intercollaborability. The goal is to encompass all options and then add some more.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Success for the Joint Information Environment may come down to the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), says the Defense Department's acting CIO. However, their success may hinge on acquisition reform.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) no longer will be the required go-to-group for military cloud services. Beginning Monday, December 15, the services will be able to choose their own clouds. DISA will be able to compete with commercial providers on an economic basis.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Pentagon finally will begin a foray into wireless with a test program scheduled to begin December 23. Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting chief information officer, says the department has been late in implementing this capability.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being able to project power across the vast and diverse reaches of the Asia-Pacific region will require a mobile and flexible network that will be able to follow the force and adapt to changing conditions and requirements, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States must continue to improve its leading-edge technology to stay ahead of potential adversaries who are closing the technological gap. However, this risks losing interoperability with small nations that would be important allies in an ad hoc coalition. Working with partners well before a coalition is formed may help solve the problem.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Systems engineers are—and must be—focusing on technical issues that would enable interoperability across national lines; three other important facets ultimately may determine whether members of an ad hoc coalition can achieve effective interoperability in a multinational operation.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

There never will be a NATO-type alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. So, the United States must host any ad hoc coalition that is to be successful in a multinational operation.

December 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The 3-D printer recently installed on the International Space Station has printed a replacement part for itself, proving the process works in space and potentially paving the way for long-term space expeditions.

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