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Computer Controls Boost Helicopters

July 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Rotorcraft are following the flight path of their fixed-wing counterparts as the U.S. Army advances a program to digitize controls.

Wonder Material Brings New Light to Night-Vision Gear

June 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

Night-vision capability embedded in a smartphone could be in the future equipment pack of every military service member if the Army Research Laboratory and Northeastern University successfully tap into the promise of graphene—carbon atoms so tightly packed that they resemble a honeycomb. The laboratory has embarked on a three-year collaboration with the Boston-based school to develop a new generation of low-cost infrared imaging devices using the material.

Origins of Technology Materials Gain Importance

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The electronics firms that are leading the information revolution now are facing the challenge of ensuring that their products have no taint of war.

We're Only Human

September 1, 2010
By H. Mosher

No matter how much we think technological solutions will be the panacea for all our information assurance concerns, there's still the human factor to consider, writes Linton Wells II in this month's Incoming column, "Uneasy Sleep in a Golden Age":

In the end, it all comes down to people. When Lou Gerstner was chief executive officer of IBM, he asked how he would know if his organization had a good information assurance program. The answer was: "Walk down the hall. Find a random employee. Ask them three questions: 'Would you know if your computer was being interfered with?' If yes, 'Would you know whom to call to get support?' If yes, 'Would you care enough to call?'" Unless you can answer "yes" to all three of these questions for each of your employees, you can spend all you want on technology and still fail on the people side.

As the gap between functionality and security continues to grow, how can organizations develop security policies that people will understand and follow?

Now on to the Real Technology

February 2, 2010

Tweet was for swag; SIGNAL Scape is for great tech!

U.S. Air Force Technologies: Firing Up for New Missions

June 22, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

Every service has faced changes brought about by new technologies and new missions, but the Air Force is wrestling with nothing less than a total overhaul of its structure and activities. Its legacy mission was fairly clear-cut: maintain air superiority and provide support to ground forces where needed. But now, experts are building a new force of unmanned combat air vehicles that vie in importance with piloted craft. And, the Global War on Terrorism and the information technology revolution have struck at the very heart of the Air Force's raison d'etre.

SIGNAL Focus: Research and Development

June 17, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

Research and development is the seed corn of our technology driven world. With the commercial sector providing many of the military's new technologies, the old lines delineating military and commercial technologies are blurring into nonexistence. The defense community is working with academia and the private sector to an ever greater degree, and the rapid pace of commercial information technology innovation is increasing the importance of laboratory research.

Warfighter Technologies

March 10, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

When it comes to military technologies, it's all about the warfighter. The men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan know firsthand their greatest technological needs, and their counterparts back home are striving to provide them as quickly as possible. The combat experience also is providing grist for the design mill as engineers plan for the future. SIGNAL looks at the efforts underway to develop new warfighter technologies as well as what may lie ahead.

Technology and Human Thought Drive Future Communications Systems

December 1999
By Sharon Berry

Rapidly evolving communications techniques are leading scientists to integrate technology trends and human methods of thinking to solve problems that are yet to be encountered.

Social Needs Mold Government Policy, Spur Future Scientific Research

December 1999
By Michelle L. Hankins

Eyeglasses with directional microphones that enhance hearing, polymeric lattices that heal broken bones, and databases that scan weather information to predict earthquakes are just a hint of government-developed technologies that could drastically alter life in the next century. From cars and airplanes to personal computers and lasers in common household products, technological advancement in America has evolved dramatically in the past 100 years and will occur twice as rapidly throughout the next 50 years, scientists predict.


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