George I. Seffers


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George I. Seffers
Technology Editor
After reading my descriptive paragraph aloud to the class, my fourth-grade teacher in Marmaduke, Arkansas, asked if I had ever considered becoming a writer when I grew up. And that was the moment I knew I would make my living as a wordsmith.

I did not know, however, that the writer's journey would include seven years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, a degree in English and communications from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, a stint as a sports writer at the Batesville Daily Guard, or experience with Defense News, Federal Computer Week, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. I also did not know I would get the opportunity to interview some of the world's most brilliant and interesting people, including members of Congress, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, high-ranking military and civilian officials in the Pentagon, and scientists at MIT, the military research laboratories and the National Science Foundation, among others.

I didn't know that my coworkers at SIGNAL Magazine would become some of my favorite people, that my work at SIGNAL would include a trip to Afghanistan, or that someday terms like C4ISR, SIGINT and nano would make complete sense to me.

What I have learned since then, however, is that technology is integral to keeping our nation and allies safe, that the people who design, build, maintain and procure that technology have interesting stories to tell, and that it is an honor and a privilege to help tell those stories.
 

My Recent Content:

Logos Developing Special Missions Motorcycle
February 27, 2015
By George I. Seffers

Logos Technologies, Fairfax, Virginia, has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue development of the SilentHawk military motorcycle in partnership with Alta Motors.

Innovation Act Will Harm U.S. Innovation, Universities Warn
February 25, 2015
By George I. Seffers

A group of 144 universities warned Congress that pending legislation to address patent litigation abuses is so broadly drawn that it would weaken the nation’s patent system and hinder the flow of groundbreaking advances from universities to the private sector.

PEO Spotlight: Shaking Up the Radio Marketplace
In preparation for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 initial operational test and evaluation, soldiers train on the move during the WIN-T Increment 2 new equipment training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Simplifying the network is a major priority for Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, USA, program executive officer, command, control and communications-tactical.

The U.S. Army, which purchases vast numbers of tactical radios, will no longer do so through sole-source contracting, vows Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, USA, PEO-C3T. Competing every single contract is designed to create a radio marketplace that fosters innovation while saving time and money.

March 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
U.S. Defense Department Developing Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Network
A Standard Missile 3 is launched from the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh during a ballistic missile flight test in the Pacific Ocean. Virtually every wartime mission for the U.S. Defense Department, including command and control of major weapon systems, relies on information technology, making cybersecurity a top priority for critical infrastructure protection.
A B-2 stealth bomber leads an aerial flight formation during a major exercise in the Philippine Sea. Attacks on the U.S. critical infrastructure could impact the Defense Department’s ability to effectively perform its national defense mission, but high-ranking officials in the Pentagon are developing a Defense Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Network to maintain a common operating picture during crises.

An intelligence network being developed at the Pentagon will enable military leaders to monitor disasters as they happen. The network will provide a common operating picture, allowing officials to better plan for and react to events adversely affecting the critical infrastructure and the military mission.

March 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Cyber is a Global Team Sport

U.S. DHS Science and Technology Directorate officials are helping other nations create cyber testbeds that can be linked, forming one large, international virtual laboratory for cyber systems. In addition, they already have in place bilateral agreements with a number of countries and are in discussions with France, Spain, Germany, Mexico and South Korea, which ultimately could expand international cooperation on cybersecurity research and development.

March 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers

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