Robert K. Ackerman
Editor in Chief
Robert K. Ackerman has been the editor in chief of SIGNAL Magazine for more than a dozen years. A seasoned technology journalist, Ackerman also has served as a war correspondent covering the Iraq War embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
A journalist by training, Ackerman also minored in political science in university. His journalism career dates back more than three decades, beginning with stints as a radio reporter covering the Republican and Democratic parties’ political conventions during the 1976 elections. Following those conventions, he served as a media advisor or a press secretary for candidates in state and presidential campaigns.
Most of his journalism work over the years has been in print journalism. His writings have covered a range of issues involving technology, politics and international security.
Prior to becoming SIGNAL’s editor in chief, Ackerman served as the magazine’s senior editor. He has been with SIGNAL Magazine for more than two decades, during which he has written hundreds of feature articles and authored more than 300 columns and commentaries. His areas of coverage have spanned topics such as military information systems, foreign affairs, intelligence, laboratory research and development, space technologies, international security, terrorism and information operations. He has won or shared in journalism awards from the Aviation Writers Association; APEX; the American Copy Editors Society; PRSA; the Society for Technical Communication; and the American Society of Association Executives.
My Recent Content:Innovation, Application Concerns Weigh Heavily on Planners
The U.S. lead in military technology is too great, not enough or disappearing, depending on which expert is speaking. And, all three statements might be accurate in their own ways.
The traditional paths to innovation may not be enough to maintain U.S. leadership in that endeavor. So, innovative ideas may be necessary for pursuing innovation.
For years, the United States maintained economic and military superiority through technological innovation. Now, that lead is diminishing, and the country must find the resources to respond.
The technology gap caused by the growing sophistication of U.S. defense communications and networking systems threatens to leave less advanced nations unable to participate effectively in coalitions. One approach to mitigate the gap is to have allies work with the United States on establishing standards for new systems and capabilities.
If cyberspace is a warfighting domain, then warfighters should expect that it will not perform as desired. The same maneuver warfare skills common on the battlespace need to be applied to cyberspace.