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Webinar Nov. 12: Can the Cloud be Secured?

November 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

As defense entities continue to virtualize their IT environments, they must revisit not only their security architectures but their policy and governance models, the subject of the next SIGNAL webinar on November 12 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Join Dr. James Ransome of Cisco Systems as he explores how the three commonly accepted models for cloud-service delivery can be implemented to drive efficiencies while maintaining desired security levels.

For more information and to register, click here.

U.S. Needs Both Traditional and New Methodologies for Cyberspace

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. military by and large is taking the wrong approach to cyberwarfare by treating it as a separate entity without the innovation that should bring. The country needs to incorporate it with other military activities and turn loose creative leadership for U.S. cyberwar activities to prevail.

Cyberspace Tops U.S. Military Challenges

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

"There is no warfare area more important than cyber."

U.S. Must Take the Lead in Setting Coalition Interoperability Standards

November 3, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

It is up to the United States, the global information technology leader, to set the standards for interoperability in a multinational environment-according to a Canadian naval officer.

War on Terrorism Aided by Regional Public Relations Operations

November 3, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. counterterrorism experts in the Pacific region have turned to media outreach to combat terrorists and their allies who exploit mass media, including the Internet, to further their goals.

Deepwater Moves Ahead With New Label

November 3, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater program has a new name and already is generating results for Coast Guard personnel. Now known as the Coast Guard Acquisition Program, the troubled effort is generating positive results, according to Rear Adm. Manson Brown, USCG, commander,14th Coast Guard District.

U.S. Coast Guard Fights Enemies far From U.S. Shores

November 3, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

National security threats are drawing the U.S. Coast Guard deeper into the Asia-Pacific region as it carries out its conventional missions in unconventional areas. Piracy, drug smuggling and even overfishing are becoming more prevalent in U.S. and neighboring waters, and the Coast Guard is finding itself forming alliances with foreign counterparts.

Astrium to Provide Satellite Communications for the German Navy

November 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Astrium Services, a subsidiary of EADS, has been awarded a contract by the F125 ARGE, a joint venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lurrsen, to install satellite communications terminals in the German navy's four new F125 class frigates. The SCOT 6 terminals can operate in the X-band and can be modified for dual X-Ku band options.

General Dynamics to Develop High-Speed Encryptor

November 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $7.6 million contract by the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop the KG-530 synchronous optical networks (SONET) OC-768C in-line encryptor. The encryptor will secure very large image, data and video files traveling through U.S. military and government networks.

Lockheed Martin Wins Navy Electronic Warfare Systems Contract

November 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin an initial contract valued at $9.9 million to design an electronic warfare system for its surface ships. Under the contract, the company will produce a preliminary design for the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 2 Upgrade by June 2010. The contract includes options that, if exercised, total nearly $167 million.

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