June 2000

June 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Demonstrations, panel discussions and mini-courses offer all-encompassing approach to examining issues.

A multifaceted one-stop shop that matches technology requirements identified by top government and military officials with available and emerging industry solutions will enable TechNet International 2000 attendees to home in on answers to critical questions confronting governments throughout the world.

June 2000
By Dr. Herbert K. Fallin, Jr., and Dipl.-Ing. Walter H.P. Schmidt

Evolutionary procurement allows military customers to participate in designing systems to meet their needs.

The armed forces in many countries are examining the methods they use to acquire information technology systems. In a coalition environment, procuring communications equipment that will be employed by several nations during cooperative operations is more complicated than point and click. The new trend for allied nations is to begin further back in the supply chain, scrutinizing the processes that influence the development of products.

June 2000
By Col. Keith J. Wagner, USAF

Next-generation technology advances collaboration to support joint and coalition military missions.

June 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Radiation-tolerant chips that run on a half volt could extend space vehicles’ operational lives.

Microprocessors capable of operating at extremely low power levels will soon fly in a variety of spacecraft. Radiation hardened in a novel process that allows them to be produced in existing facilities, the chips will play a role in future near-earth and deep-space missions. Moreover, the technology presents potential applications beyond aerospace circles, especially in battery-powered communications devices, sensors and portable electronics.

June 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

A major collaboration between communications industry giants produces cutting-edge devices.

Next-generation signal processor technology for wireless communications is the focus of a unique research center. The Atlanta-based StarCore Technology Center combines the pooled assets of Motorola Incorporated’s semiconductor products sector and Lucent Technologies’ microelectronics group.

June 2000
By Robert K. Ackerman

Sophisticated telecommunications cryptography once limited to desktop telephones now available in portable, lightweight units.

The communications sanctity inherent in secure telephone units is migrating into the cellular arena with a new generation of handheld devices no larger than conventional commercial mobile telephones. These telephones are designed to provide high-level government and military secure cellular communications while also being able to serve the commercial arena.

June 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Staggering statistics paint a rosy picture, but observers wonder about sustainability.

June 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Second-generation hosting centers reinforce e-business reliability.

Companies that have made their millions—and billions—in the guts and brains of information technology products are spreading their techno-tentacles into e-commerce through the gap between operation and application services. They are not leaving the world of hardware behind but rather are ensuring that their companies will continue to prosper by infusing their technical expertise into the space between the transmitter and the receiver of e-commerce messages.

June 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Programs capable of pattern recognition in personnel employment data add teeth to background checks.

A set of software and algorithms developed to identify criminal activity in the gambling industry is now available to the federal government to help detect employee fraud and collusion. The system correlates data from a variety of sources to shed light on questionable personal relationships and transactions. In the federal sector, this system’s potential uses cover internal security, background investigations and intelligence gathering.

June 2000
By Clarence A. Robinson, Jr.

Canadian-built transmitter uses narrow spectrum slices, avoids interference, establishes clear links.

As the U.S. Army scrambles to digitize the battlefield, an important element in the warfighter’s information network is a new high-capacity line-of-sight radio. Operating with an extremely efficient waveform in minimally occupied portions of the electromagnetic spectrum, this multiband software-reprogrammable radio system significantly enhances the ability to meet burgeoning theater bandwidth requirements.

June 2000
By Col. Alan D. Campen, USAF (Ret.)

Clash between revolution and evolution challenges military doctrine and systems integration.

The military’s increasing reliance on commercial off-the-shelf information systems is leading to an environment in which the technologies could be driving the doctrine. The opportunities—and the challenges—presented by these new technologies cover the gamut of communications, computing, sensors, networks, interoperability and security. The defense community’s response to this development may define military superiority for years to come.

June 2000
By Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.)

For more than five decades, AFCEA has been proud to provide an ethical forum in which military, government and industry personnel can meet, exchange ideas and work toward solutions. The focus has always been on electronic communications avenues, and the association has endeavored not only to keep pace with the changes in technology and policy but also to stay well ahead of them. This is the benefit of membership. From algorithms to networking, experts have turned to AFCEA to help them share their discoveries and meet their challenges.

June 2000
By Clarence A. Robinson, Jr.

Commanders establish policies for management of both content and resources using profiles and transfer agents.

The U.S. Defense Department is turning to a family of software agents that locate, recognize and speed the delivery of critical information to where it is needed most on the battlefield. When minutes and seconds are precious commodities to a warfighter, software transfer agents help manage and expedite the dissemination of badly needed information. These robot-like software tools help leverage the power of the information age.