December 2009

December 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Adm. Gary Roughead, USN, chief of naval operations (CNO), speaks with sailors in air operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The U.S. Navy is defragmenting its approach to information from its networking architecture down to program and personnel specializations.

December 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

The U.S. Navy’s Distributed Common Ground System–Navy (DCGS-N) is undergoing operational testing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.

December 2009
By Kent R. Schneider

Periodically, we ask the senior leadership of the global security community to give us feedback on their top priorities in the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence and information technology domains. In the past couple of years, they have been fairly consistent in saying that their top priority is interagency and coalition information sharing.

As a result, AFCEA and its members have focused a good deal of attention on these issues. Not surprisingly, we have found that there are a number of crucial factors to address that can be grouped into the categories of technology, security and governance. But, in the end, we have found that it comes down to trust.

Tuesday, December 02, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

The U.S. Army’s Foliage Penetration Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER) program aims to develop a low-frequency radar to track dismounted personnel under foliage. Army researchers are working to develop more versatile sensors to support increasingly diverse threat challenges.

December 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

The Naval Expeditionary Overwatch (NEO) system includes a 38-foot unmanned surface vehicle that is equipped with a Gunslinger and a multitude of sensors and communications systems. The boat can be controlled either remotely or semi-autonomously and will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to commanders.

December 2009
By Rita Boland

 

The U.S Navy and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems are using an open architecture, open business model approach to update the Tactical Control System (TCS) of the AN/BYG-1 Submarine Combat System. The process keeps technology state-of-the-practice and allows faster implementation of the best ideas for upgrades.

December 2009
By Rita Boland

 

The Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (Optical), or ENVG(O), is the first night vision device to offer infrared and image intensifier (I2) capabilities together. Users can overlay the functions to see both types of images in one display.

December 2009
By Rita Boland

 

The second P-8A flight test aircraft flies over mountains on its maiden flight in June. During the nearly three-hour flight, pilots performed a series of airborne systems checks before landing at Boeing Field near Seattle.

Sea service upgrades antisubmarine warfare airplane for the first time in 40 years.

December 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

December 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

Recent advances in fuel cell technology offer the potential for small tactical unmanned aerial systems (UASs) to operate up to 24 hours. The Experimental Fuel Cell (XFC) UAS being developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) currently can fly for up to six hours and carry a variety of sensor payloads.

December 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Gen. James E. Cartwright, USMC, vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, maintains that providing warfighters with the information technology capabilities they need requires fundamental changes to the acquisition system.

Military faces the challenge of taking risks to find relevant solutions.

December 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

David Gergen, CNN commentator and an editor at-large for U.S. News and World Report, speaks at MILCOM 2009.