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Addressing Cyber Vulnerabilities

October 13, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

When a U.S. federal jury convicted Noshir Gowadia of spying for the People's Republic of China in August, it marked a victory for several U.S. investigative agencies. But the verdict might never have arrived without three years of assistance from another organization-the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Comprising five different entities, the military center has a special focus on computer forensics to assist its various customers and clients.

Apps Advance Onto the Frontline

October 5, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

DARPA's Transformative Apps program is taking the Android to new places and will help keep warfighters out of harm's way. Much like its commercial counterparts, these apps will provide capabilities that the users didn't even realize they needed until they were in the palms of their hands. And best of all, new apps can be suggested, created and delivered in days rather than months because of an innovative production process.

Laser Backpack Prototype Maps Inside Buildings

September 30, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

In the next few years, the U.S. military could field a portable, laser backpack device developed by the University of California, Berkeley, which will provide three-dimensional maps of buildings.

Cyber Command Chief Warns of National Vulnerabilities

September 24, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The United States faces the likelihood of a “destructive cyber attack” in the future as malevolent digital capabilities proliferate among a range of adversaries, says the head of the U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, USA. He warns that nation-states and other malefactors now “can use this as a way of applying their will and power against our country in an asymmetric manner.”

Marines' Multipurpose Radar Forges Forward

September 21, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Marine Corps now has its first fully assembled Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system and is working to overcome past difficulties to put the asset in warfighters' hands. Plans to upgrade multiple radar capabilities with the single system hit some snags over the past few years, but developers are back on track after finding solutions to the problems.

Web Surfers Suspicious

September 17, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Most people distrust the security of all websites equally. But in reality, Web devotees can take simple precautions to ensure their safety while researching, shopping, downloading or playing browser games such as Texas Hold’em.

Government Seeks Change Through Challenges

September 9, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Give two cents—get big prizes. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with ChallengePost, launched Challenge.gov on September 7 at the Gov 2.0 Summit 2010 in Washington, D.C. The free online challenge platform invites the general public to propose solutions to government challenges, including the U.S. Army’s push for new training and simulation tools utilizing artificial intelligence.

Preventing Dirty Bombs

September 1, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) is working to keep U.S. citizens safe from dirty bombs by conducting exercises on the other side of the world. Members representing the initiative recently wrapped up a three-scenario tabletop exercise in Mongolia to help the country prevent terrorists from obtaining its nuclear or radiological material.

Defense Portal Will Make Supercomputers Accessible With a Mouse Click

August 19, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Years from now, engineers and scientists across the U.S. Defense Department may double-click an icon on their desktop computer screens and access the phenomenal processing power of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Defense Department Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Those computers are currently capable of processing 350 trillion calculations per second.

When Security Leads, Compliance Follows

August 12, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Public and private organizations should pay close attention to cybersecurity regulations in the legislative pipeline and adhere both to the rules and intent.

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