SIGNAL Connections

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

About 10 months ago, the U.S. Army began turning wrenches on the Prophet Enhanced signals intelligence (SIGINT) vehicle under an aggressive fielding schedule. Now, soon-to-be-deployed soldiers at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will arrive in Afghanistan with a more survivable vehicle and dramatically improved SIGINT collecting capabilities.

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

Soldiers’ Wearable C4 Platform

July 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

July 15, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

The U.S. Defense Department’s Bloggers Roundtable connects new media buffs and online journalists with civilian and military leaders using conference calls on topics that range from military operations to military families. Despite challenges with ever-changing technology and policies, the program continues to gain support for its focus on openness and transparency.

June 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

U.S. government agencies fail to employ the policies that have been put into place to protect sensitive data when it is in transit, according to a recent survey of 200 government information technology (IT) and information security officials. Nearly three-quarters of IT professionals are concerned about file transfer security, but only just over half of them are monitoring file transfer protocol (FTP). However, subject matter experts state that by making a few changes and taking advantage of readily available technology, personnel could significantly enhance data security.

June 15, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

When the school bells ring for the first time this fall, one of them will be calling students—especially government employees—to explore cyber operations from a whole new vantage point. A brainchild of industry, the Art of Exploitation (AoE) University will feature a curriculum rich with hands-on computer penetration training, red teaming, vulnerability analysis, exploitation and forensic analysis.

June 15, 2010
By Helen Mosher, SIGNAL Connections

Low-Light Security Camera

June 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

May 17, 2010
by Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Connections

Biometrics Collection Device

May 17, 2010
by Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

May 17, 2010
by Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) 2010 may be right around the corner, but for companies that want to be a part of CWID 2011, now is the time to begin. The Federal Business Opportunities for next year’s event will be published in the coming days. Organizations should investigate the objectives and requirements described in the document now and ready their solutions to participate in organizational conferences as well as the 2011 demonstration itself.

May 17, 2010
by Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

April 15, 2010
by Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Connections

To support its global operations, the U.S. Marine Corps is relying on a tactical communications system linked by satellites to theater and national headquarters. Several mobile tactical systems and an innovative space-based networking capability are providing warfighters with reliable, high-bandwidth communications wherever they deploy.

Among the tactical systems fielded by the Corps is the Data Distribution System–Replacement (DDS-R), which is a component of a Marine task force’s tactical data network. It consists of a mobile gateway and a DDS providing a local area network that extends Ethernet capability to the tactical edge. The DDS-R is a replacement for the Marine Corps’ first generation equipment.

April 15, 2010
by Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

April 15, 2010
by Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Connections

Turkey’s military, having embraced network-enabled capability as its basis, is looking to its own industry to provide the necessary technologies to lead the country’s forces deep into this decade. As with other modern militaries, Turkey’s armed forces are modernizing amid global economic difficulties and increasingly diverse security commitments.

April 15, 2010

Wireless Microwave Technology

April 15, 2010

March 15, 2010
by Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

In an effort to help members of the military move from “boots to suits,” a program will begin that helps warfighters turn in their weapons for a computer keyboard. The industry-led initiative includes cash and software grants to organizations that—through a request-for-proposals process—demonstrate they have the outreach and facilities to connect with a substantial number of veterans. Although the goal is to train veterans in technical fields, the project also will work to meet tangential needs such as child care, transportation and housing so warfighters and/or their spouses can take advantage of the training.

March 15, 2010
by Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

The largest simultaneous high school cyberdefense competition ever held wrapped up late last month, crowning a champion and sending kids to college who otherwise would not have attended. CyberPatriot II began with representatives from nearly 200 high schools from 41 states and one from Japan participating in a simultaneous, virtual opening round on November 7; the event culminated on February 19 with an Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps team from Clearfield High School in Utah taking home top honors.

March 15, 2010
by Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

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