Incoming: In Praise of Quantity

October 1, 2014
By Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, USA (Ret.)

The late Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his nom de guerre, V.I. Lenin, used to be famous, or at least infamous. As the founding dictator of revolutionary Russia, Lenin built a grim, cruel and mighty police state whose oppressive successor to this day menaces all too many unhappy people in eastern Europe. The man the Communists once idolized as “our dear Ilyich” is long gone and, in decent circles, not missed very much.

President's Commentary: Think Tactically, Act Strategically

October 1, 2014
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

A key challenge to building a new tactical technology acquisition model is that it requires carefully identifying and prioritizing requirements, as well as staying engaged with the acquisition arm of government throughout the acquisition process. Carefully defining an operational requirement—not the end technical solution—allows industry to develop and provide the most effective solution. Industry has a strong economic impetus to provide the capability that the operating forces require.

Ramping Up the
 Federal Cloud Against the Insider Threat

October 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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The U.S. government is adopting changes to the cloud computing certification program that will better protect against potential insider threats. The improvements include additional penetration testing, more thorough testing of mobile devices, tighter controls over systems being carried from a facility and more stringent scrutiny of systems connecting from outside the network.

Soldiers from the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion evaluated the new command post 4G long-term evolution (LTE)/Wi-Fi system (network stacks) at the U.S. Army’s NIE 14.2. (U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PEO C3T)
The Army’s Tactical Network Transmission, or TNT, equipment collection includes the  4G LTE/wi-fi antenna seen on the left. (U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PEO C3T)
The Tropo Lite, a transit case-based tropospheric (tropo) scatter communications system, was assessed at NIE 14.2 to replace the Army’s current truck- and trailer-based system. (U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PEO C3T)

Awaited Technologies About to Become Reality for Warfighters

October 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
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The U.S. Army is extending advanced communications to disadvantaged users, fielding a series of capabilities to various groups in an effort to give soldiers at the pointy end of the spear the connectivity they need. With the rollout, forward-deployed troops should be able to access classified networks via wireless 4G long-term evolution connections. National Guard units also are acquiring the tools to aid their troops in disaster response scenarios.