SIGNAL Connections

November 17, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

April 15, 2008
by Maryann Lawlor

From their familiarity with technology to their eagerness to share information, the generation now entering the work force is wired differently than the generations before it. In fact, it’s more comfortable being wireless. Worry about security? Not a top priority for this group. Policy? What policy?

April 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

 

 Adm. Michael G. Mullen, USN, speaks at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, an organization that turns 50 this year.

April 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

The AFCEA Small Business Committee is sharing its valuable resources digitally, including podcasts of past meetings. Committee meetings, which occur monthly and comprise leaders from throughout the small business community, regularly include presentations by representatives from the U.S. Defense Department, federal government organizations or large corporations. Topics range from business practice guidelines to new procurement regulations and policies, and committee members have the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with key leaders in government agencies.

November 17, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

April 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Carla Undurraga from the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Corporate Small Business Development program addressed the AFCEA Small Business Committee in January. She shared her extensive knowledge in helping small businesses to be successful in marketing their company’s services, products and solutions to SAIC. Although Undurraga represented SAIC specifically, she explained that much of her commentary applies to other large primes as well.

April 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Dean Koppel, assistant director of the Office of Policy and Research, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), spoke to the AFCEA Small Business Committee and guests in February. The Office of Policy and Research falls under the SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and is responsible for assisting in the development of legislative initiatives used to strengthen and enhance opportunities for small businesses in federal procurement. The office also develops and implements the SBA’s small business program procurement regulations, initiatives and policies. 

April 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

The Free World is seeing as great a revolution in military affairs as has ever been documented. That’s old news. New capabilities are being introduced so quickly that forces are learning how to use and exploit them in the midst of combat. That also is old news.

What is new is that the commercial sector is leading this revolution by pumping new information technologies into the military faster than anyone can plan for them. Individual warfighters and commanders alike are embracing the capabilities that these technologies bring. The largest military in the Free World, that of the United States, is built around the concept of using network-centric operations to prevail against any enemy.

November 17, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

July 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Tracking Ships from Space

April 15, 2008
by Robert K. Ackerman

Not content with being a global service provider, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is striving to extend its network to take advantage of new capabilities that it is introducing into the force. Many of these new capabilities magnify the power of the network as it reaches the tactical edge, and they may change the nature of communications and information flow.

April 15, 2008
by Rita Boland

The U.S. Navy has consolidated coordination of distributed synthetic training events into one location. The first-of-its-kind facility will train sailors and joint and coalition forces, improving interoperability and efficiency. The center addresses the expanding technical challenges associated with live and virtual training events and saves funds by reducing the amount of resources necessary for planning and execution.

April 15, 2008
by Rita Boland

The U.S. Navy has made great strides in the communications field in the past two years, but the work is far from over. When the position of deputy chief of naval operations for communication networks (N-6) on the staff of the chief of naval operations was reinstated in 2006, the vice admiral who moved into the spot recognized naval needs and implemented measures to move the sea service forward both through technology and policy. Now, as he prepares to retire and pass the reins to a successor in June, he can see many of his plans coming to fruition and make recommendations for the path ahead.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Rugged Bluetooth Headset
Workers and warfighters need reliable and durable communications gear when working outdoors. The Explorer 370 is a ruggedized Bluetooth headset built to meet U.S. military standards. The headset features QuickPair technology for simple, quick setup, and it is capable of operating up to seven hours in talk mode and up to eight days in standby. For more information, visit www.plantronics.com.

March 17, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

March 17, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Every year AFCEA recognizes outstanding intelligence and national defense community professionals with two prestigious awards. The AFCEA Distinguished Service Intelligence Award honors senior-level intelligence professionals for distinguished and sustained performance and achievement; the AFCEA Meritorious Service Intelligence Award acknowledges mid-level professionals making significant contributions to the intelligence community.

March 17, 2008
by Henry S. Kenyon

A device the size of a sugar cube may revolutionize military communications and sensor systems. The technology is a micro-scale atomic clock designed to help spectrum-hopping radios synchronize their frequencies and access signals from navigation satellites. This prototype time keeper is undergoing testing to determine its readiness for military applications. 

March 17, 2008
By Diana Raschke

The U.S. intelligence community must centralize both collection and analysis to leverage technical and analytic expertise most effectively. Restructuring the intelligence community as a technical core of collection capabilities surrounded by an analytic corps organized by areas of responsibility would improve efficiency, depth and transparency of intelligence analysis.

 

March 17, 2008
by Henry S. Kenyon

Lost laptop computers containing sensitive or classified information are a serious security breach for any organization. A recently released hardware and software application now permits administrators to track laptops and to erase data on hard drives remotely when they are lost or stolen.

Introduced in October 2007, SprintSecure Laptop Guardian is a wireless connection card that allows a computer to communicate with its host network securely. According to Bill White, Sprint’s director for federal programs, the card is designed to meet a major requirement for federal government users: the need for instant and secure access to information.

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