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:

DNI Clapper Names New IARPA Director
August 3, 2015
By George I. Seffers

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced today that he has selected Jason Matheny to be the next director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), effective immediately.

U.S. Army Rides Interoperability WAVE
July 30, 2015
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army is procuring Motorola’s WAVE software technology to fill a need for a unified application that links two-way radios, smartphones, telephones and personal computers together for seamless communications. The $14.1 million contract provides the Army with unlimited access to the capability. WAVE will act as the glue to patch together devices normally incapable of communicating with one another.

Locked and Loaded With Cyber
Making his last appearance at an AFCEA event as the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, emphasizes that cyber is a weapon system.

While serving as the first luncheon keynote speaker at AFCEA’s Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, outgoing director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), compared cyber and traditional weapons.

August 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Collaboration Research Puts the 'I' in Team
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a six-ship formation flyover during an air show. Researchers want to know which indicators of personal performance—heart rate or body sway, for example—begin to synchronize when a team works well together.
Sam Schmidt, former IndyCar driver, is stationed in front of a semiautonomous Corvette. One Air Force Research Laboratory team helped develop the interface that allowed Schmidt to control the car using head movements. Another team used sensors to monitor his performance during the man-and-machine collaboration project.
The 612th Air Operations Center provides command and control of air power in the United States Southern Command’s area of responsibility. Researchers are exploring whether air operations personnel are more likely to spot changes on their screens when working alone or as a team.

U.S. Air Force researchers intend next year to provide a system on the commercial market that will significantly improve collaboration capabilities among groups, whether special forces, cyberwarfare, medical or sports teams.

August 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
A Big Year for Tactical Communications
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache fires point detonation rounds during a training exercise in South Korea. The Army intends to equip its helicopter fleet with the Small Airborne Networking Radio.
Capt. Jonathan Page, USA, uses the Rifleman Radio and Nett Warrior end-user device of the Army’s Network Capability Set 13 at Nangalam Base, Afghanistan. The Army awarded contracts to Harris Corporation and Thales Defense and Security Incorporated in April for the Rifleman Radio.

The U.S. Army’s tactical radio programs will meet a series of major milestones in the coming months, moving systems toward deployment into the hands of warfighters. Once fielded, the systems and their associated software will extend transmission range, provide on-demand satellite communications at the lowest levels and allow an alternative when satellite signals are degraded or denied.

August 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers

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