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Tsunami Short-Circuits Military Communications in Japan and South Korea

March 23, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

For three days following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, hardwired telephones offered the only lines of communications between the U.S. military and its forces in Japan and South Korea, according to military officials at the Next-Generation Mobile Technologies Symposium in Washington, D.C., on March 17. In fact, because landline telephones have proven so reliable in times of disaster, the U.S. Marine Corps will not convert entirely to Internet protocol-based communications.

Unique Commercialization Process May Be Implemented Across Government

March 16, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A unique process for identifying, certifying and fielding technologies for homeland defense has captured White House attention and could be implemented across other departments, according to Thomas Cellucci, the government’s only chief commercialization officer.

Foreign Workers Pose Technology Security Threat

March 11, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Dual-use U.S. technology may be improving other nations’ militaries as a result of efforts by foreign technology workers in the United States, according to a U.S. government report. U.S. government agencies should tighten their processes and monitoring of visas and foreign workers’ access to controlled technologies, the report recommends.

Myth-busting Memo Guides Government Acquisition

March 2, 2011
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A memorandum to federal officials about information sharing during government acquisition processes is opening the lines of communication between agencies and vendors. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo includes guidelines for comprehensive communication plans, awareness campaigns, education modules and discussion forums, all of which aim at facilitating dialogue.

Breakthrough Continues Comms When Jamming IEDs

February 24, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

U.S. Army developers have installed in Afghanistan the first technology that permits radio communications to continue while soldiers use jammers to defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Service Supports South-of-the-Border Sea Survival

February 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Coast Guard is helping Mexico’s navy respond to emergencies at sea with a search and rescue system that maximizes data and resources. Computers in new maritime rescue coordination centers will feature the software that uses an animated grid model to project where floating persons or objects might be located.

Mighty Mobile Devices Migrate Into Offices

February 2, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Apple sold more than 45 million iPhones and iPads in the first 10 months of 2010. As many of these devices enter workplaces—and organizations’ networks—leaders must determine not only how to secure them but also how to make them increase productivity.

West 2011 Online Show Daily: Defense Doctrines, Processes Face Fundamental Shifts

January 28, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

West 2011 Online Show Daily, Day 3. "Adaptability often is viewed as a responsive act. However, adaptability and preparation are inexorably linked."--Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer, the MITRE Corporation

JPEO JTRS Releases New Architecture

January 26, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) has made its first major release of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) in 10 years. This change updates a minor version released in 2005 and enables smaller, faster communications devices that cost less.

Researchers Test Underwater Acoustic Laser

January 21, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory team recently tested an underwater acoustic laser capability that might one day provide a source of voice or data communications for submarines; navigational data for submarines or underwater robots; and sonar to locate mines or other objects in shallow water—all from an aircraft and without the need for hardware in the water.

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