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September 2006

Government-Industry Partnership Still Thrives After 60 Years

September 2006
By Duane P. Andrews, chief executive officer, QinetiQ North America, and chairman of the Board of Directors, AFCEA International

Six decades ago, a group of technologists from government and industry established an association dedicated to maintaining "as a contribution to industrial preparedness the splendid liaison and cooperation that existed during the [second World] War." Now, one Cold War and four hot wars later, the association that these visionaries founded has grown into an international organization that is as relevant and as important as ever.

The Price of Life in the United States: 1946 vs. 2006

September 2006
By SIGNAL Magazine Staff

Among the most pervasive changes of the past 60 years has been the cost of living. No costs or salaries could remain static during six decades of capitalism, as 1946 saw the beginning of the removal of wartime wage and price controls. Major economic growth

Former AFCEA Presidents and CEOs on SIGNAL's 60th Anniversary

September 2006

SIGNAL is without doubt the premier technical journal for C4I in the United States and internationally. SIGNAL also has become in recent years a magazine replete with visionary, balanced commentary and upbeat news about AFCEA programs and membership, corporate as well as individual. The AFCEA scholarship program, for example, surpasses in dollars and quality the programs of all the other military associations because AFCEA has put its resources into our future.—Gen. John A. Wickham, USA (Ret.)

 

As SIGNAL Magazine celebrates its 60th anniversary, I continue to believe that it is one of the most important benefits of being a member of AFCEA. The worldwide reputation of SIGNAL Magazine as a premier professional journal is well deserved, and the team that works so hard to produce SIGNAL every month is one of the most dedicated teams in the profession. Congratulations SIGNAL and press on. —Adm. James Busey, USN (Ret.)

 

SIGNAL Magazine has been an integral part of my career and retirement reading. As an electronic warfare officer in my early career, the technologies featured in SIGNAL greatly enhanced my professional knowledge. As a senior manager in intelligence assignments, I could always count on SIGNAL to keep me abreast of changes in information technology worldwide. Now, in retirement, SIGNAL is the primary way I have to keep track of what’s going on the in the ever-changing environment we call information technology. Congratulations SIGNAL on your 60th anniversary. You have established the standard for professional journals.—Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.)

Chief Information Officers Envision Technologies' Effects

September 2006
By SIGNAL Magazine Staff

During the past two years, SIGNAL Magazine has asked military command and government agency chief information officers (CIOs) to share with its readers their insights on technologies that could have the biggest impact on their organizations in the future. This column has been a forum for them to communicate-in their own words-the paths they need capabilities to travel so they will be better able to achieve their objectives.

Who and When?

September 2006
By SIGNAL Magazine Staff

Try to identify the source of the quotes below and the year in which each statement was made:

Parallel Organizations

September 2006
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

In the history of the U.S. Defense Department, no date is perhaps more infamous than that of September 11, 2001. On that day, al-Qaida terrorists slammed a jetliner into the Pentagon-exactly 60 years after the day the Pentagon's construction began.

Beyond Advances Accelerate the Imagination of Time

September 2006
By Beverly Mowery

The past 10 years have hosted an explosion of technology that has revolutionized productivity, shifted priorities and transformed communications from words to keystrokes. The cultures of play, work and even warfare have been redefined repeatedly-so much so that it is hard to remember a lifestyle before Google, the iPod, razor-thin cell phones, voice recognition and personal digital assistants. Ten years ago, most people still used paper maps to find directions and looked up telephone numbers in thick, cumbersome directories.

So Much, Yet So Little, Has Changed in 60 Years

September 2006
By Col. Alan D. Campen, USAF (Ret.)

Six decades ago a band of signalmen and combat photographers returned from the battlefields of World War II to form the Army Signal Association (ASA), adopting a goal to "perpetuate and strengthen the ties that were fashioned in battle" and to "maintain and improve cooperation between the armed forces and industry in the design, production, maintenance, and operation of communications, electronics, and photographic equipment."

John G. Grimes, U.S. Defense Department

September 2006
By John G. Grimes, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Defense Department

Succeeding in the new strategic environment requires levels of responsiveness and agility never before demanded of our forces. The U.S. Defense Department must transform from its historical emphasis on ships, guns, tanks and planes to a focus on information, knowledge and actionable intelligence.

Network Centricity Requires More Than Circuits and Wires

September 2006
By Rita Boland

Despite years of discussion on the topic, the U.S. Defense Department is keeping its focus on interoperability. However, the department has undergone a shift from efforts directed primarily at developing the technology necessary to make broad intercommunications possible to work that concentrates on establishing the policies and doctrine necessary for communicators to use available resources.

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