Every man a spy: camera-equipped consumers have transformed the world into a goldfish bowl. Intelligence services may be able to learn nearly everything they need to know from open source information.
Individual nations are entering into bilateral agreements with the Afghan government to provide various forms of in-country support for many years after their combat troops end their fight.
UAVs need to get smarter for autonomy and data filtering. However, they still will need some kind of guidance.
The same networks that empower U.S. forces could be their Achilles' heel if troops lose their ability to operate without them. The JCS chairman warns that U.S. forces must train to operate without their vaunted information technologies.
The Jordanian government has extended its nationwide TETRA communication network contract with Thales Group. In 2006, Thales was selected to supply its Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) solution, DigiMax, for the installation of a nationwide Tetra network. The national network aims to provide Jordan armed forces, public safety, police security agencies and the civil defense with a reliable, secure and easy-to-use communication system. With more than 160 base stations and 30,000 users, the fully distributed TETRA network will be in operation by the end of 2012.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $14 million task order by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the National Communications System (NCS). General Dynamics will provide around-the-clock watch operations for critical communications infrastructure through support of the NCS's National Coordinating Center (NCC) for Communications. The company will provide emergency response support and liaison to communications partners to identify the possible impacts of potentially disruptive events and coordinate the restoration and repair of the infrastructure when outages occur. The NCC Watch assists NCS in executing its roles and responsibilities under Executive Order 12472 for support of the National Command Authority and for planning, developing and implementing enhancements to the national communications infrastructure. The NCC Watch facilitates collaboration among the NCC communications industry and government partners to support information sharing and collaboration, while performing analysis of the national communications infrastructure. Due to the confluence of technologies, the NCC Watch responds to cyber security incidents and events in tandem with its sister organization, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), under event coordination by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).