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Educational Foundation

January 15, 2008
Foundation Works Behind the Scenes in Preparation for West

One of the highlights of West 2008 in San Diego, which will take place February 5-7, and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) and AFCEA, is the recognition of outstanding and deserving individuals during the event. The Educational Foundation plays a part in this process by supporting the selection process for the Copernicus Award winners and the Enlisted Superior Performer award recipients.

The late Vice Adm. Art Cebrowski, USN, who was the Navy N6 in 1997, conceived of the Copernicus Award. The name for the award came from the Copernicus Architecture used as the blueprint for the future C4I structure of the Navy. Recipients are selected based on a major accomplishment in a C4I/information technology-related job. Each year, U.S. naval personnel review applications from the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, including active duty and civilians, and select the award winners. The Educational Foundation works with a representative from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to ensure timely nominations and then coordinates official notifications to the award recipients. This year, Lt. Cmdr. Erik G. Pittman, USN, a member of Vice Adm. Mark Edwards' N6 staff, played this pivotal role in the Copernicus Award process.

Winners are invited to attend West along with their commanding officers and their respective spouse or special guest. Copernicus winners receive their awards and are recognized during a special awards ceremony prior to the Awards Reception and Dinner held this year on February 5. The U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA are honored to recognize individuals who continue to demonstrate in operations that Copernicus remains relevant today.

New Products

January 15, 2008

Tactical CommunicationsBridge
Establishing and maintaining an ad hoc communications network in rugged environments can challenge warfighters and first responders. The TCB-406 is a radio interoperability package consisting of a 10-port interoperability interface, integrated radios and an antenna system in a manportable case. Designed to be set up and operational within minutes, it includes a color liquid crystal display touchscreen, console dispatch operational interface, voice over Internet protocol streaming audio and network-based offsite control. For more information, visit

Tantalum Capacitor
Embedded systems must be able to operate continuously for years without failure. This line of tantalum capacitors is designed for use in embedded control systems for industrial, defense, aerospace and telecommunications applications. For more information, visit

Slim Industrial Ethernet Modem
Sometimes managers and administrators require remote access to data. The Remote Access Switch combines an industrial telephone modem with an industrial 5-port modem. The device features secure dial-in connections, point-to-point capability for dial-up connections and automatic dial-out on a trigger input. Connection speeds are up to 56 kilobits per second. For more information, visit

Training System Models National Defense

January 15, 2008
Henry S. Kenyon

Simulation tool allows government agencies to practice keeping the skies safe.

Harbor Security Melds Sensors, Databases

January 15, 2008
Robert K. Ackerman

Fused data provides a clearer picture of potential seaborne threats.

Homeland Security Aims for Balance

January 15, 2008

The cure cannot kill the patient.

Summit Reveals Spectrum Management Shortfalls

January 15, 2008
Maryann Lawlor

Technological innovation creation may be unlimited, but the spectrum it needs is not. Open discussions identified some of the frustrations spectrum managers feel when in the field.

Sponsored Product Announcements

January 15, 2008

General Dynamics C4 System
Sectéra® Edge™ (SME PED)
The Sectéra® Edge™ converges secure wireless voice and data by combining the functionality of a wireless phone and PDA — all in one easy-to-use, ruggedized handheld device. Developed for the National Security Agency’s Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device (SME-PED) program, the Edge is certified to protect wireless voice communications classified Top Secret and below as well as access e-mail and websites classified Secret and below.


General Dynamics C4 Systems
8220 E. Roosevelt St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Phone 781-455-2800; 888-897-3148 

Harris Corporation


Harris Corporation Receives National Security Agency Certification for Falcon III Multiband Manpack Radio

 First Wideband Networking Radio to Receive NSA-Type 1 Certification

Homefront Help

January 15, 2008

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 to the troops 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 Web site, when available.

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
The U.S. Army instituted the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline (WSFH) in March 2007 to give wounded, injured or ill soldiers and their families a means to share concerns about quality of care. The service does not circumvent the chain of command, but gives troops an additional method to resolve medical-related issues. The Army began the program in response to soldiers wounded in the Global War on Terrorism and their families who were having difficulty navigating through the medical care system.

The hotline receives three types of calls: inquiries, requests for information and issues of concern. Some calls can be answered immediately, while others require research and take longer to answer. Issue-related calls may demand even more time to resolve.


January 15, 2008

Robots for the Army
The U.S. Army can order up to 3,000 military robots, spare parts, training and repair services over the next five years under a new agreement. In the past, the Army has deployed robots in combat in limited numbers and only to explosive ordnance device specialists. Now the service is broadening the deployment of robots to general infantry forces for a variety of critical missions. The first 101 robots are being delivered for urgent deployment. The robots, PackBot 510 with FasTac Kit, are smaller and lighter than the original PackBot 510, with a robust gripper and an observation mast equipped with a low-light-capable zoom camera. iRobot Corporation received the $286 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation on behalf of the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.


January 15, 2008

International Contracts

Integrated Bridge System for Icelandic Ship
A new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Icelandic Coast Guard will receive a state-of-the-art integrated bridge system. The system is tailored specifically for the space constraints and operational requirements of modern OPVs. Similar technology packages are being supplied to the Chilean Navy for two of its vessels, and construction of the Icelandic Coast Guard’s ship is being carried out in Chile. Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit was awarded the contract for the integrated bridge system by ASMAR Shipyard, which is building the 93-meter Icelandic OPV. The system integration will be based on Sperry Marine’s next-generation VisionMaster FT navigation technology. The new OPV will be commissioned in 2009. These types of vessels are intended to serve as platforms for offshore patrol, fishery control and inspection, general law enforcement operations and search and rescue support.


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