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PEO Spotlight: Supporting the Antisubmarine Warfighting Resurgence

December 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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World events have caused the U.S. Navy to once again focus on antisubmarine warfare, in part, by building the P-8A Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft to replace the aging P-3 Orion. When it comes to getting the P-8A to the warfighter and keeping the older P-3 in the air, the buck stops with Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, USN, program executive officer, air anti-submarine warfare, assault and special mission programs (PEO(A)).

Incoming: The Way of the Fox

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

For more than half the history of our country, one of the surest ways to be elected president was to gain public fame as a general in the U.S. Army. Since the tumultuous 19th century, we have fallen out of the habit of electing generals. But the one exception to the rule turned out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower, former five-star general, former commander of Allied forces in Europe in World War II, first supreme commander of NATO and a two-term president who defined an era.

Claude-France Arnould, chief executive of the European Defence Agency, gives the opening keynote address at TechNet Europe Paris 2014.
Lt. Gen. Wolfgang Wosolsobe, AUS, director general of the EU Military Staff, discusses EU military perspectives.

Roles Evolve in European Defense

December 1, 2014
By Mandy Rizzo



Multiple transnational organizations are moving to ensure security in an increasingly dynamic environment in Europe.

The Blackphone 1 by Silent Circle incorporates the company’s ephemeral key encryption to provide secure peer-to-peer connectivity.

Securing Communications By Skipping the Server

December 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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With the information world marching en masse to the cloud, one global firm is offering direct peer-to-peer encryption to reduce the threat of an intervening cyber intercept. This approach is applicable to dedicated hardware as well as to commercial off-the-shelf consumer communications equipment, and its operation is relatively transparent to the user.

The X-47B unmanned air vehicle takes off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. The U.S. Navy recently conducted the fifth series of at-sea tests, proving that a manned and unmanned aircraft can maintain a takeoff and landing pattern aboard an aircraft carrier.
The X-47B flew its first flight in “cruise” configuration (landing gear up) on September 30, marking an important milestone in its flight test program.
The Navy is not the only military service interested in teaming manned and unmanned aircraft. The U.S. Army combines Apache helicopters with unmanned vehicles.

Manned and Unmanned Systems Team Up for Warfighters

December 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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U.S. Navy officials have, for the first time, proved that the unmanned X-47B aircraft and an F/A-18 Hornet can operate at the same time within the same aircraft carrier-controlled landing pattern. Manned and unmanned aircraft flying from the same flight deck may change the way warfighters operate in the decades to come.

 

 Adm. Michael Rogers, USN, NSA director and commander, U.S. Cyber Command, predicts an attempted destructive attack affecting critical infrastructure networks during his tenure as commander.

Cyber Commander Expects Damaging Critical Infrastructure Attack

December 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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Adm. Michael Rogers, USN, who leads both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, predicts a damaging attack to critical infrastructure networks within the coming years. If an attack happens, the agency and Cyber Command will coordinate a response along with other government agencies and potentially the private sector organizations that own many of the networks.

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