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Security on the Seven Seas

June 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The shifting winds of geopolitical change are forcing government and industry alike to take a new tack in ensuring safe passage through the Earth’s oceans. From criminals plying their trade on the high seas, to nation-states seeking to deny access to other countries, the challenges are growing. To counter the problems, militaries and businesses are engaged in overcoming both new and resurgent dangers that threaten navigation over waterways.

Air Arms Around Intelligence

June 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

A flood of new sensors has the U.S. Air Force awash in data, so now one of its priorities is to determine how to best process, exploit and disseminate information both today and in future operations. Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, USAF, the service’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, says his organization needs the tools to fuse and format data using technology to facilitate data sharing even in hostile physical or cyber environments.

Coast Guard Calls on Underwater Imager in Crises

June 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

In a few months, the U.S. Coast Guard will complete its evaluation of an underwater 3-D imaging system that will then be transferred from the service’s Research and Development Center to operators. But even as the technology is being assessed, the system is deploying to hot spots around the world, most recently in the search for bodies following the late February crash of a Coast Guard helicopter off the coast of Alabama.

Harmonizing European Defense Efforts

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The European Union is trying to bring the defense programs of its 27 member nations into synchronicity before the budget boom is lowered on military spending.

Defense Information Moves Toward a Common Ground

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is striving to wrap its digital arms around the growing plethora of military data by consolidating standards and requirements.

Military Counters Anti-Access Threats

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Marking a sharp departure from recent conflicts, the future of U.S. military action likely includes enemies equipped to deny forces the ability to enter and carry out missions within areas of operations.

DISA Complements Services' Acquisition Adjustments

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is helping to ensure that military branches can field technology more quickly and less expensively as it simultaneously initiates its own rapid-deployment programs.

Partly Cloudy Forecast for Solar Energy at Bases

May 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

Solar energy could help reduce the $4 billion annual electricity bill at U.S. military bases worldwide, with an output of power equivalent to seven nuclear plants possible using the land at just four bases.

Robocopters Reduce Resupply Risk

May 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

When U.S. Marines of the future come under enemy fire, they may be able to use a tablet or smartphone to call for ammunition, other supplies, or for air casualty evacuation by an autonomous helicopter smart enough to avoid hostile forces and safely land itself.

Retaking Command and Control

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Now that information systems have redefined how a military leader exercises command and control, they are being retasked to free that leader from constraints imposed in the process of innovation and revolution. The technology revolution has been established; now the cultural struggle is underway.

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