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:

U.S. Commerce Department Grants $10 Million to Advance Innovation
March 31, 2015
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the first 26 recipients of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program grants as part of a new initiative designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities across the country.

U.S. Army Builds Cyber Branch One Step at a Time
Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, USA, the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commander, and Col. Jennifer Buckner, USA, Army Cyber School commandant, unveil a sign during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school.

The U.S. Army’s newly created cyber school is prepared to accept its first class of second lieutenants this summer followed by enlisted personnel and warrant officers.

April 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Siri, Uncle SAM Needs You
Future warfighters may be able to query collaborative software about available intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and then task a particular system to provide updated information.
A U.S. Army soldier provides security during a mission in Farah City, Afghanistan. Researchers in the United States and United Kingdom have identified gaps between ISR data provided by technology and the ability of individual soldiers to use that data in a battlefield environment.

Researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom aim to identify inconsistencies between the data provided by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies and the understanding of that data by combat soldiers or other emergency personnel.

April 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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Asia-Pacific: Fastest Growing Biometrics Market Worldwide
March 18, 2015
By George I. Seffers

According to a new report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI), Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing government biometrics market globally, due to large-scale government national identification and e-passport programs. 

A Commentary on Paper Clips, Dry Holes and Moving Cheese
March 16, 2015
By George I. Seffers

For our March PEO Spotlight column, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes communicates in the clear about the things that bug him most.


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