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SIGNAL Says: Paul A. Strassman

November 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

"People must accept that the Internet infrastructure is faulty and will remain so for the foreseeable future."

Fiscal Reality May Force Long-Needed IT Acquisition Changes

November 6, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

Budgetary pressure may force the military to change the way it procures communications and information systems. The result may be the elimination of duplicative systems and interoperability problems.

Train the Way You Communicate, Marine

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The adage of "train the way you fight" isn't working for Marines using communications and networking systems. The result is that personnel have to learn how to use vital command, control and communications (C3) gear in the field, which hinders their effectiveness in a combat zone.

C2 of C2 Heads Pacific Fleet Information Priorities

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The top priority for the U.S. Pacific Fleet is not merely command and control, it is command and control of command and control (C2C2). That is the assessment delivered by Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, USN, deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Cyberspace Joins Land, Sea and Air as Marine Corps Realms

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Marine Corps is ramping up to conduct operations in cyberspace as part of its everyday capabilities. Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs) will operate in cyberspace as they do on land, sea and air.

Marines Seek Technologies to Build Bridges Across Pacific

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

Technological solutions can bridge differences between the U.S. forces and other nations as the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) builds relationships among its diverse partners. The Marine Corps in particular are seeking translation technologies to break down language barriers in daily activities.

General Dynamics Awarded Gun System Contract by Raytheon

November 5, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics has been awarded a $17 million contract to produce gun systems for the Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System and the Centurion Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System by Raytheon Missile Systems. The gun systems will be produced at the General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products facility in Saco, Maine.

BAE Systems to Support U.S. Air Force Nuclear Treaty Monitoring

November 5, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract valued up to $20 million to support the service's global monitoring for nuclear treaty compliance. The company will provide engineering, research and program management services for the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

Cybersecurity Innovation Must Match the Information Revolution

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The information technology arena is experiencing large tectonic shifts that are directly affecting requirements for cybersecurity. Transitions-from physical to virtual; from the premise to the cloud; from more formal networks to social networks-will have their counterparts in new security requirements and approaches.

Cybersecurity Should Reach Across Rather Than Down

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

Government needs to "think flat' and create a cybersecurity architecture that emphasizes a peering structure rather than a vertical architecture.

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