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Homefront Help

September 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between. In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom. Programs that provide services are listed in red. Opportunities for the public to reach out to service members are listed in blue. Each program description includes a link to the organization's website, when available. Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information.

KidsLink Downrange

This service project matches people who want to support military families with the military families who need a lift. Through the effort, volunteers create Card Kits that are supplied to military children with deployed parents. The children can mail the cards to help keep in touch with and boost the morale of the nation's overseas warfighters.

The project offers groups the flexibility to make or buy cards, though all must be able to ship for the cost of a first-class stamp. The kits are sent to specific locations and needed at certain times during the year. The website offers a wide range of information for interested visitors such as a picture of a typical Card Kit, instructions for participating and details about how the finished kits are distributed to military children.

New Products

September 15, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Deepwater Communications

 
Communicating with or from a submerged submarine is notoriously difficult. Currently, submarines must rise to periscope depth to communicate with other ships, aircraft or onshore facilities, which makes the subs more vulnerable and often results in a delay of tactical communications. But if all goes well during a system verification review scheduled in October, a new system dubbed Communications at Speed and Depth (CSD) may soon be headed for low-rate initial production. CSD Increment 1 includes three types of two-way communications buoys and associated equipment installed onboard subs. Two fiber-optic tethered expendable communications buoy systems—one for Iridium satellites and another for ultra high frequency satellite communications—will be launched from the submarines. The third buoy is an untethered acoustic-to-radio-frequency gateway system that can be launched from subs, aircraft or surface ships. CSD will allow strike group commanders to take full advantage of fast attack and cruise missile submarine capabilities.

For more information, visit: www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Press/Pages/07282010_PMW770.aspx

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NIST Evaluates Smart Phone-based Language Translators

August 16, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is evaluating three smart phone-based Pashto and Dari language translation devices the U.S. Defense Department is developing for use in Afghanistan.

Power-Saving Initiative Also Saves Greenbacks

August 16, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

Computer companies reveal how much energy office equipment wastes when it is left running overnight.

Homefront Help

August 16, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between. In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom. Programs that provide services are listed in red. Opportunities for the public to reach out to service members are listed in blue. Each program description includes a link to the organization's website, when available. Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information.

Army Bass Anglers

“Support. Defend. Fish.” That's the motto of the Army Bass Anglers, a group made up of active duty military members and veterans who compete in fishing tournaments to raise awareness for Returning Heroes Home and Fishing For Freedom events. Both programs support the military community. The latter also involves bass fishing tournaments where fishermen partner with soldiers and veterans, including those who have been wounded. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy Bass Angler groups support the missions as well.

New Products

August 16, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System Generation II

 
The recently unveiled Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System (HEADS) helmet sensor is equipped with a programmable, color-light emitting diode that can be set to activate during a blast event, providing immediate notification of a possible combat-related traumatic brain injury. The debut follows a recent $17 million award from the U.S. Army for BAE Systems’ HEADS Generation II sensor, which is designed to better monitor soldiers and assist in the identification and diagnosis of combat-related traumatic brain injuries. The new sensor continuously collects critical, potentially lifesaving data, including impact direction, magnitude, duration, blast pressures, angular and linear accelerations, and the exact times of single or multiple blast events. It not only lights up during a blast, but once the soldier enters a specified area—a forward operating base or dining facility, for example—a series of strategically placed antennaes scan all available HEADS units and send data to a computer, identifying any soldiers who may have a blast-related brain injury. For more information, visit: www.baesystems.com/Newsroom/NewsReleases/autoGen_110618173419.html.

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Army Deploying Enhanced Signals Intelligence Vehicle to Afghanistan

July 15, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Service introduces Prophet Enhanced system into the field at lightning speed under ISR surge.

Online Geospatial Network Aligns Army and Air Force Data

July 15, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

The U.S. Army and Air Force are on the same page- saving time and money by sharing one geospatial data network.

Defense Bloggers of the Highest Order

July 15, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

In a headline-driven nation where the death of Anna Nicole Smith bumps video of a battle in Baghdad off the news, a roundtable program from the U.S. Defense Department’s Emerging Media Directorate engages bloggers and downrange commanders in rich conversation.

Homefront Help

July 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

 
Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between. In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom. Programs that provide services are listed in red. Opportunities for the public to reach out to service members are listed in blue. Each program description includes a link to the organization's website, when available. Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information.

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