Be Advised

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

You don’t hear much old-school military radio traffic anymore. Except for a few front-line radio nets, most radio chatter has been replaced by the endless, silent interplay of text messages, emails and Web postings. With that shift, we have lost an entire dialect of martial radio-speak.

A U.S. Navy cryptologic technician monitors the electromagnetic spectrum of air and surface contacts in the combat information center aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage.
From left, Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler, USAF, deputy CIO for C4 and information infrastructure capabilities, Defense Department former CIO Teri Takai, and Fred Moorefield, the director of spectrum, policy and programs for the department's Office of the CIO, brief media on the department's release of its electromagnetic spectrum strategy.
Officer selection officers and recruiters use the cameras on government-issued smart phones and BlackBerrys after a change in policy by Marine Corps Recruiting Command in 2011.

Military Seeks Industry Help to Manage Spectrum Use

July 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
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The Defense Department is putting crucial emphasis on fresh ideas from private industry as it shapes the task of better managing the electromagnetic spectrum needed to assemble mission-tailored capabilities to meet military leaders’ needs—all the while coming under federal pressure to possibly renounce valuable wireless frequencies for commercial use.

The rapid fielding office within the Pentagon helped develop the Accelerated Nuclear DNA Equipment system, which can process five DNA samples in about 90 minutes.
The Pentagon’s rapid fielding office contributed to the development of the Autonomous Tactical Unmanned Air System, which preceded a Navy and Marine Corps program to build the K-MAX unmanned vertical lift platform for cargo resupply.

Slowing Down Rapid Acquisition

August 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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With the war in Afghanistan winding down, the U.S. Defense Department’s rapid deployment office, which specializes in identifying, developing and quickly fielding game-changing technologies, now will take a more long-term approach. Slightly stretching out the process will offer more flexibility to procure the best possible systems, will present more opportunities for interagency and international cooperation and may cut costs.

Army vehicles are required to carry jammers to counter improvised explosive devices. Researchers seek technological solutions to prevent the devices from interfering with friendly force communications and use spectrum more efficiently.
Networking complexities challenge Army force structure reorganization efforts, prompting researchers to seek technological solutions.

Network Complexities Challenge Army, Force Structure Changes

July 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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The complexities of the U.S. Army’s networks and spectrum allocation processes interfere with the need to reassign units to different tasks, creating major delays and presenting serious challenges.