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How Geolocation Has Changed

April 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

I joined the U.S. Army in 1968. Having been trained as a Signal officer, I went to the field in the early 1970s with maps in hand, and I used acetate and grease pencils to prepare overlays for troop movements, command post and signal site locations, and the ever-important radio line-of-sight calculations. One of the greatest technology developments of the time was the marking pen—we got rid of grease pencils and we had color!

Critical Changes Loom in Cyber Direction

March 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Cyber threats draw much of the focus in today’s information technology realm. The threat profile in cyberspace is growing and becoming more complex, more sophisticated and more diverse.

Homeland Security Enters a Challenging Period

February 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

I don’t think anyone would argue with my notion that we live in a dangerous world and that, no matter where you live, there are significant threats to national and regional security.

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.


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