Search:  

 Blog     e-Newsletter       Resource Library      Directories      Webinars
AFCEA logo
 

SIGNALScape

Lt. Gen. Kearney Explains His Communications Frustrations

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney III, USA, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, shared frustrations he has with communications during a speech at TechNet Tampa, and told industry members how they can help. His first frustration is the lack of data exposure capabilities, which he illustrated by explaining the problems inherent in military medical records. The U.S. Defense Department and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) use two different systems, making it impossible for the VA to access the active duty records of service members without someone bringing information in on a desk or on paper.

Gen. Kearney's second frustration is the inability for leaders to command and control from anywhere. Technology prevents decision makers from accessing the communications they need at any place, anytime. The third item on the general's list is the absence of a Global Sensor Network. In that, the general envisions a single network with redundant communications and a single workstation. This network will help make information on the ground more transparent  to operators.

The final two frustrations the general voiced are the need for permanent infrastructure in the U.S. Central Command area of operation and the impact of Web 2.0 on the military. The military should take better advantage of new media offerings, but security is still an obstacle. Gen. Kearney appealed to industry for assistance. "We're on the edge of change, but you have to help us," he said.  

Gen. Kearney said that industry partners can play an important role in improving military communications through their technical developments and through sharing knowledge they already possess with the military.

Face of America 2009

March 4, 2009
By Rita Boland

Dust off those bikes, take them out of the garage and get rolling for a great cause! Face of America 2009 begins April 25 in Bethesda, Maryland, to raise awareness of service members injured in the line of duty. The 110-mile bike ride, which ends April 26 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, also raises funds for World TEAM (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sports, an organization that strives to increase awareness, acceptance and integration of people with disabilities through sports.

Military Needs to Break Communication Barriers

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The C4 Panel Session, "Breaking Down Barriers: Enabling a True Enterprise Network," addressed the ongoing efforts and need within the military to break down barriers in information sharing.

TechNet Tampa Matters for Troops and Their Families

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Senior Master Sgt. of the Army (Ret.) Jack Tilley opened TechNet Tampa in a manner that deviated from the norm. Instead of relying on people's intellects and addressing the what and how of actions, he appealed to attendees' feelings to address the why. The retired senior master sergeant told several stories about troops killed and injured in action during Vietnam as well as current operations, impressing upon listeners the importance of using their time at the conference well.

Webinar: Can VIRTUAL Environments Ever Drive REAL Benefits?

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

March 19: Managing virtual environments is becoming more complex, Federal initiatives are piling on, and your organization's infrastructure is what it is.

Cyber Operations

March 4, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control.

ATK Awarded $14.4 Million Contract to Modify and Deliver Three Medevac Aircraft to the Colombian Air Force

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been awarded a $14.4 million contract by the Colombian Air Force to modify and deliver three Medevac-capable aircraft to Colombia's Health and Social Services Ministry. The Ministry will use the aircraft for emergency medical evacuations of both civilian and military personnel.

Lockheed Martin ISGS Receives Contract to Support Special Operations Command

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation Information Systems and Global Services (ISGS) is being awarded a potential $5 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with mixed payment provisions for contractor logistics support services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command worldwide. The minimum amount guaranteed under the contract is $2.5 million.

SSFM International Receives Contract for Services for Naval Facilities Engineering Command

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

SSFM International Incorporated is being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, architect-engineering contract with a maximum amount of $7.5 million for design, engineering, specification writing, cost-estimation and related services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii area of responsibility.

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Awarded Modification From Navy

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems is being awarded a contract modification valued at $40.5 million. This contract modification is to establish an estimated cost ceiling for the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) System Development and Demonstration to reflect the anticipated cost overrun associated with the contractor's estimate to complete for an additional $36 million.

Pages

Subscribe to SIGNALScape