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Old Challenges Emerge for Modern C2

February 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Future command and control systems may have agility serving as the foundation for their success. Changes in missions, enabling technologies and threats are altering the landscape for command and control capabilities at all levels of military operations.

Two Government Organizations, One Health Information System

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs have launched an effort to combine their two electronic health record systems into one. This integrated Electronic Health Record will track medical care from the day military members join the service through the rest of their lives.

Police Deliver Ground-Level Defense Against Terrorists

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

For many, the words "homeland security" and "counterterrorism" conjure up images of federal investigators engaged in large-scale battle with a host of enemies bent on death and destruction. But the war often begins on a smaller, more subtle level.

Emergency Alert Joins the Twitter Age

February 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

In the next two years, federal officials plan to unveil a new means for providing emergency information to the U.S. public.

It's Time to Move From Net-Centric to Data-Centric

February 2012
By Lt. Col. Scott Harrison, USAR, SIGNAL Magazine

The path to achieving the vital goal of coalition interoperability may require abandoning longtime networking tenets in favor of a data-centric or knowledge management approach.

Cyber, Budgets Challenge Transatlantic Planners

January 2012
SIGNAL Magazine

Cyberspace has become a new dimension in warfare and defense. And, just like the other dimensions—air, land and sea—it requires special operation tactics and technologies. Given the many advantages offered by cyberwarfare—low cost, widespread applicability and ease of operation—it is likely to be the weapon of choice for future aggressors menacing NATO and its allies.

The Future Is in the East

January 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The challenges presented by the Asia-Pacific region in the 21st century are complex and diverse, and the U.S. military must carry out an increasingly changing mission under tightening budget constraints. The United States must adapt to ensure that it can address these and many other concerns, including cyberspace security of military and commercial networks, that will play a significant role in determining the future of the Asia-Pacific region.

Technology Aids, Hinders Command and Control

January 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The revolution in information technology has been a boon to military command and control capabilities, but it also has introduced a new set of challenges to operational commanders. These technologies have complicated the process of command and control while simultaneously softening the basic understanding of its principles.

Rare Earths to Become Less Scarce

Janaury 2012
By Michael A. Robinson, SIGNAL Magazine

The international mining community is racing to turn the tables on the People’s Republic of China by challenging its absolute dominance of the market for rare earths, a series of elements in the periodic table critical for the U.S. military’s high-technology communications and weaponry.

Hitting the Hard Spots on the Road to Cloud

January 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. government has released a road map to cloud computing that is designed to tackle some key issues, establish priorities and provide a clear path for government agencies and industry. The draft publication defines high-priority requirements for standards, official guidance and technology developments that need to be met for agencies to accelerate their migration of existing information technology systems to the cloud computing model.

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