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Improving Procurement Through Practical Measures

January 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army is adjusting its Network Integration Evaluations to facilitate acquisitions more rapidly. Calls from industry and soldiers themselves have precipitated the moves. As companies face reduced funding streams, and technology advances in increasingly shorter intervals, implementing briefer time frames between testing and deployment is imperative to remaining viable on and off the field.

Silver Lining Hard to See in Budget Chaos

January 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Historical trends during military drawdowns indicate that current Defense Department budget cuts could last for more than a decade. This situation could endanger major acquisition programs and negatively impact the ability of the United States both to pivot forces to the Asia-Pacific region and to maintain a presence in the Middle East, experts say. But the department may have a short window of opportunity to reconcile strategy with lower budgets.

Q: What are the Legal Pitfalls for Service Members When Using Social Media?

January 1, 2014
By Nicole Woodroffe

Few people go more than a few days without updating their Facebook status, “checking-in” at some location on their social media application or tweeting their opinions on Twitter. Service members are no exception. However, they must take extra precautions to avoid the legal pitfalls of compromising operational security or making inappropriate remarks when posting anything on public websites.

The Move to Searchable Digital Directories

January 1, 2014
By Kent R. Schneider

In today’s complex and cost-sensitive market, few companies are able to pursue programs alone. Most contracts now mandate small business teaming, and skills are needed from a variety of partners. The AFCEA directories are ideal for finding the right skills and the right partners—large or small businesses—to meet business needs. We have added granularity so that users can find precisely the skills that are needed. And, keep in mind that these directories are global, containing all our corporate members around the world. Whether a company is in Europe, Asia-Pacific or the Americas, it can team nationally or globally—which is particularly important when bidding into NATO or another multinational organization.

Can You Hear Me, Ivan?

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

Bored soldiers often invent ways to pass the time. Out on the wide steppes of Central Asia, the conscript regiments of the old Imperial Russian Army found themselves and their men isolated in hundred-man wooden stockades. Their mission involved border defense, keeping watch for bands of horse brigands who raided by day and for parties of well-armed smugglers who slipped across by night. These furtive foes might appear one day in 300. In the long, dreary, dusty interim, glum Russians practiced marching and marksmanship, cleaned weapons and uniforms and stared out at the endless, flat, grassy horizon.

Government, Agencies, Industry Come Together at TechNet International 2013

January 1, 2014

AFCEA Europe’s TechNet International 2013, held at the Lisbon Congress Center, Portugal, on October 23 and 24, was organized under the patronage of the minister of national defense, Portugal, in cooperation with the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and with the support of the AFCEA Portugal Chapter. This event, which was run under the theme “Go Connected + Go Smart = Zero Distance,” brought together more than 300 experts from NATO, government, academia and industry.

The welcome keynote address was delivered by the secretary of state and assistant to the minister of national defense Portugal (SEADN), Dr. Berta Cabral. After words of welcome from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.), president, AFCEA Portugal Chapter, and vice president, AFCEA Euro-Atlantic Region, and Maj. Gen. Klaus-Peter Treche, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe, the SEADN and keynote speakers, Vice Adm. Pereira da Cunha, PON, chief of the Joint Staff Portugal (CHOD PO), and Chuck Shawcross, director of service strategy for the NCI Agency, gave their keynote addresses. There was also a video presentation from Maj. Gen. Koen Gijsbers, RNLA (Ret.), general manager of the NCI Agency.

Highlights of the scene-setting presentations on day one of the event were those of Lt. Gen. Erich Pfeffer, GEA, vice chief of staff of the German Joint Support Service, on “Rapid Situational Assessment of Land-based Operations,” and of CALM Rear Adm. Silva Ribeiro, PON, director of the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, on “Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Maritime Battlespace.” The speeches and discussions that followed reflected two special theme tracks: “Enterprise Mobility” and “Secure Networks.”

Cyber Grand Challenge Aims to Create Computing Revolution

December 11, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon

New details are available on the Cyber Grand Challenge, a contest designed to push the boundaries of software development with the goal of creating programs that can analyze, diagnose and repair flaws they detect in computer networks.

The U.S. Navy Enters a New Era of Limits

December 6, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy faces some hard decisions as it girds for a changing global security environment that features new and diverse threats and a greater demand for its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The choices offered the Navy include developing a new way of obtaining needed technologies and capabilities; changing the way it establishes priorities in acquisition; applying social media to networking practices; and even turning back the clock to the era before modern network-centric warfare.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Seeks Partnership With Industry

December 5, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Partnering with industry is not a new concept for the military. However, with funding limits plunging, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet has extended an invitation to industry to come up with ways of giving the Navy what it needs in economic ways.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Looks to Operate at a Disadvantage

December 5, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

For years, the U.S. Navy built its force around the concept of network-centric operations. Now that it has some of the most advanced information technology capabilities in the military realm, the U.S. Pacific Fleet must re-learn how to operate without them in a disconnected, intermittent, low-bandwidth (DIL) environment.

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