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The New Year Abounds With Challenges and Opportunities

January 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

For most of the economies in the world, 2012 should continue to be a recovery year. This will prolong the pressure placed on budgets in defense, intelligence and homeland security. In the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and information technology business—our focus—budget cuts often are not as great as in other sectors. However, the price is that expectations are high for information-driven savings that can be applied to reductions in the out years.

The Broad Perspective on Cyber

December 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The concept and practice of cyber operations are topics of considerable discussion. I thought about what I could add to this dialogue, and I came down on the side of making one more case for a comprehensive, holistic view of cyber.

Weaving a Common Thread in Government Information Technology

November 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Government information technology is an area rife with issues for discussion. These include enterprise initiatives, mobile computing, the cloud in all its forms, cybersecurity and many more. However, one activity is the key to making all government information technology useful and secure: the common operating environment.

Jumping to Cloud Conclusions

October 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

In a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, Vivek Kundra, former federal chief information officer, made the point that in order to maximize effectiveness and efficiency in information technology (IT), the federal government and supporting industry need to leverage cloud technology and virtualization.

A Different NATO

September 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is putting the finishing touches on planning and is beginning the transition to the most profound restructuring in its history. Wherever they are based, all who work with NATO will be affected by this restructuring. NATO headquarters staff is being reduced by as much as 40 percent. NATO agencies are being reduced from 13 to three. The force structure is being enhanced, but the command and control elements of the force structure are being streamlined to make NATO more responsive.

AFCEA International Headquarters Staff Adds Value

August 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Your association continues to move forward in what is proving to be an exciting and dynamic era, and these efforts include personnel changes. In an important step, AFCEA has just added two new members to the executive team who are going to benefit all of you.

Will Web 3.0 Be Realized Anytime Soon in the Global Security Community?

July 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The world may be on the cusp of Web 3.0. Some of us digital immigrants still are trying to get our arms around Web 2.0. We have been told that Web 2.0 is all about information sharing. Applications, storage and data are Web-enabled. Virtualization has made information easier to use and share. Social networking has created whole new environments for information sharing.

Training and Education Are Two Primary AFCEA Missions

June 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The global security community has never had a greater need for training and education—or needed more help.

Huge Changes Abound in the Joint World

May 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Throughout history, armed forces have faced the challenge of working together effectively. In the United States, the Defense Department has been working to make joint operations more effective since the origins of its armed forces, but the government institutionalized joint requirements in 1986 with the introduction of the Goldwater-Nichols Act. In Europe, NATO was created in the wake of World War II, built on the premise that the member nations were stronger together than individually and that an integrated joint approach was necessary.

A Critical Piece of the National Security Puzzle

April 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Coast Guard plays a vital role helping tie together pieces of the national security community. The Coast Guard is unique in that, while it is a military service, organizationally it sits within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and clearly has homeland security/counterterrorism, public safety and law enforcement roles. This positioning within several national security communities allows the Coast Guard to provide an invaluable coordination and linking function.

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