SIGNAL Says

March 26, 2010
By Katie Packard

"A lot of our warfare in the future is going to be electronic. Our enemies are going to try to take us down either through our Defense Department systems or through other systems."--Lisa N. Wolford, founder, president and CEO of CSSS.NET

March 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"NATO SATCOM will certainly be handicapped if interoperability with national systems is not key to the design of how we go forward."--Malcolm Green, chief of CAT 9 NII Communication Infrastructure Services, NC3A

March 5, 2010
By Katie Packard

"The difference there is that we don't want to prioritize and think just in terms of 'how do we secure information' without thinking through our real objective of assuring support for DOD missions."--Mark Orndorff, director of the PEO for Mission Assurance and Network Operations, DISA

February 26, 2010
By Katie Packard

"If one of those types of attacks were to occur anywhere in the United States, nowhere else has the assets we have that are well-trained and ready. But those are the ones you hope never happen. No matter how good we are, there is no good outcome."-Cathy L. Lanier, chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"These materials and electronics ... have the potential to increase the performance and useful life of the next generation of satellites and launch systems."-Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF

January 29, 2010
By Katie Packard

"Once you put that information into a PowerPoint format, that plan is almost immediately stale. Weather continues to change; intelligence updates might continue to come in; there might be impacts to some of the sorties suggested. All of those cannot be captured in a manual PowerPoint presentation unless you have someone there constantly updating it."--Stacy Furcini, ISPAN division chief

January 22, 2010
By Katie Packard

"We are in a dynamic environment with an adversary that's extremely adaptive. The only constant is change, and we have got to be able to adapt our TTPs [tactics, techniques and procedures] with enough agility to counter what we're facing on the battlefield as the war evolves."--Brad Mason, chief of FORSCOM's G-3/5/7 Strategic Initiatives Division

January 15, 2010
By Katie Packard

"The Defense Department must take decisive remedial steps to achieve positive controls over all social computing transactions originating from the toxic Internet. The risks are too great to accept insufficient safeguards."--Paul A. Strassman, distinguished professor of information science at George Mason University

January 8, 2010
By Katie Packard

"Everybody imagines that everyone wants to share information because somehow it will make things better. That's a huge assumption, and it may not be what you think it is." -- Capt. Timothy Spratto, USN, JCD&E Capabilities Solutions Group lead

December 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

"There simply isn't enough money for us to reinvent the wheel. If there is a capability out there that we can leverage, that certainly is what we want to do. We're looking for industry partners that intuitively understand that in their DNA."--Bob Poor, assistant program manager for the DCGS-N

December 18, 2009
By Katie Packard

"But at the end of the day, we have to learn to operate within the law and inside of the bureaucracy, while bringing a sense of urgency. In my mind, we need to change the risk of calculus. You don't build something to defeat IEDs the same way you build aircraft carriers."--Gen. James E. Cartwright, USMC, vice chairman of the JCS

December 11, 2009
By Katie Packard

"We could barely make an incredibly flimsy model airplane fly four years ago-just enough to set a world record. Now we can build a tube-launched tactical airplane that can fly a military mission"--Richard J. Foch, a senior scientist with the NRL's expendable vehicles department

December 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

"We have to be able to do it in a way that they never are in a fair fight, that they always have overmatch."--Adm. Gary Roughead, USN, chief of naval operations

November 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

"It's not like your wireless at home, where you plug it in and you're good to go. There's a bunch of additional things that we're forced to do because we're putting it in a hardened military environment."

November 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

"We can truly migrate everything over IP. We can truly become a network-centric Army."

November 13, 2009
By Katie Packard

"The problem is our warfighters are digital natives. They understand the technology they could have and are looking at what they're getting and they're saying, 'Hey, this isn't good.'"

November 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

"People must accept that the Internet infrastructure is faulty and will remain so for the foreseeable future."

October 30, 2009
By Katie Packard

"Those are the things that lead us to say that threats are growing...It is growing because of our behavior, the things we do every day."

October 23, 2009
By Katie Packard

"One of the DNI's goals is to work to restore trust for the intelligence community and to be as transparent as we can about what we do. That way, we can earn back the trust of the American people."

October 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

"If we want to be aggressive about technology, we must be willing to make mistakes. We are playing not to lose instead of playing to win, and there is a cost for that." -- Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, USMC, commanding general, MARFORPAC