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Rita Boland
Senior News Editor
Rita Boland is SIGNAL Magazine's senior news editor. Before coming to AFCEA, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a communications consultant. Prior to consulting, Boland was a sports editor, online editor and reporter for various newspapers and Web sites. Her subject areas at SIGNAL cover a breadth of topics encompassing the realm of information valuable to the magazine's readers and AFCEA members.

Boland earned her bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos).

My Recent Content:

Soldiers Stand Up New Cyber CIO Focal
December 1, 2014

The U.S. Army has established a Cyber Chief Information Officer Focal within the acquisition community, responding to the ever-expanding role cyber now has in the service branch.

By Rita Boland
Protecting Soldier Networks From Threats, Inside or Outside
A tactical operations center monitors an NIE. Securing cyber capabilities, starting in the laboratory then extending to the field, is a priority for the U.S. Army.
As systems become more interconnected, security on all parts of the network becomes more important. The Army is working to address threats at all levels, such as protecting against password vulnerabilities.

Cyber is becoming more critical in battle every day, and the U.S. Army is adjusting its Network Integration Evaluation to reflect that reality.

December 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
Fast-Flying Flimmer No Underwater Fluke
Test Sub 2, the first vehicle in the Flimmer experiment, splashes down into the Potomac River as part of its experimentation regimen.

A developmental U.S. Navy project aims to provide a creative solution to the challenge of how to move unmanned underwater vehicles to their proper point for submersion. The project is creating a bio-inspired seacraft that will use flight to reach its destinations.

December 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
CERDEC Sets Priorities as It Prepares for New Environments
CERDEC officials are investing in nine key initiatives they believe will enable U.S. forces to continue to dominate on the battlefield.
Efforts to improve mission command on the move at CERDEC will allow leaders to be with their troops on the battlefield, not relegated to other locations because of restrictions in command and control technologies.
CERDEC officials are investing in nine key initiatives they believe will enable U.S. forces to continue to dominate on the battlefield.

Article updated December 3, 2014.

December 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
PEO Spotlight: Improving the Navy's Information Kill Chain

The U.S. Navy’s technology plans are moving away from systems to focus on capabilities. Changes aim to ensure that the fleet has the functionality to be operationally ready at all times.

November 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

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