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Coverage from Joint Warfighting 2010

May 19, 2010
By H. Mosher

The Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach wrapped up Thursday. Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor blogged extensively from the event.

You can read her coverage here.

Blogging at West 2010

February 2, 2010
By H. Mosher

Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman, Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor, and Associate Editor Katie Packard are on site at WEST 2010. Click here to see their blog entries on speakers, technology, and goings-on at the conference.

Learn How to Get Published in SIGNAL

January 7, 2010
By Katie Packard

Wondering how you can get your business' news published in one of SIGNAL's publications? Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor will be hosting an event at West 2010 for PAOs, business development managers and PR folks to help you learn how. "The Secrets Behind Getting News Published" in SIGNAL's media will be held Wednesday, February 3, at 9 a.m. PST.

Upcoming Small Business Event

December 28, 2009
By Katie Packard

On January 12, AFCEA's Small Business Committee will be hosting "Federal Legislative Overview" as part of its Small Business Toolkit Series. The guest speaker for the event is Gregory Willis, counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Online Coverage of MILCOM '09

October 20, 2009
By H. Mosher

SIGNAL Magazine Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor is covering MILCOM '09 live from Boston. Click through to get a direct link to all the coverage from this important military communications conference.

German Military Looks to Augment Legacy Systems With Commercial Technology

September 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The German military has way too many legacy communication and information systems to replace them all at once, so it is looking to commercial technology to improve capabilities. EDir. IT-AmtBw Hans-Ulrich Schade, chief of Division C, Bundeswehr IT Office, described this challenge at the AFCEA Bonn Chapter's Koblenz Symposium on September 3, 2009.

Schade related that the Bundeswehr has more than 120,000 radios. These include about 200 different types of radios, and the military cannot afford to replace them all. So, any solution must incorporate these legacy systems.

For example, some forces currently can transmit either voice or data. The need to choose between one or the other will be eliminated in the near future, he maintained. He also declared that the use of commercial technology is the basis on which all improvements to Germany military IT are based.

German Forces Add, Need New Battlefield Technologies

September 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

German military forces in Afghanistan have improved their command and control (C2) capabilities significantly, but they need more advanced technologies to move those advances down to the lower tactical levels. This assessment was stated by Lt. Gen. Carl-Hubertus von Butler, GEA, commander, German Army Forces Command, at the AFCEA Bonn Chapter's Koblenz Symposium on September 3, 2009.

Gen. Butler cited broadband solutions as a vital need for moving vital reconnaissance data down to warfighters. "What good will sensors do if they can't get [their information] down to lower levels?" he stated.

He called for better ability to transmit both voice and data at the tactical level. Many C2 advances in Afghanistan are bearing fruit, but the German army often finds it necessary to train its troops abroad on some new systems.

However, the general warned against information overload. Soldiers must be trained to recognize what information is relevant amid the flood of data that new sensors and networks are delivering. He expressed doubt that this goal is reachable.

And, interoperability remains a major challenge. Despite creating a joint French-German combat force, Germany found its forces were more interoperable with those of Norway and Sweden than with its French counterparts.

Maintaining technological superiority is the only way a modern military such as Germany's can defeat asymmetric threats, Gen. Butler declared.

Homeland Security 2.0

February 25, 2009
By H. Mosher

Read the Homeland Security 2.0 conference coverage from Maryann Lawlor and Beverly Mowery here:

www.afcea.org/signal/signalscape/index.php/tag/homeland2009/

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