April 2010

April 27, 2010
by Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A competition for students age 18 and older in California, New York and Delaware seeks to turn hackers into viable assets for the nation's cybersecurity needs. The U.S. Cyber Challenge's (USCC's) Security Treasure Hunt, taking place from April 12 to May 20, aims to find 5,000 people to compete to find security flaws and vulnerabilities on a target system. The top performers from each state will receive all-expenses-paid trips to Cyber Challenge summer camps. They also could be exposed to government, industry and academia officials searching for their skills to fill critical roles.

April 14, 2010
by Helen Mosher, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

When it comes to evaluating security risks and ensuring they are avoided, it always boils down to the people involved.

April 16, 2010

 

Every day there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of people searching the Internet for classified military data and the identities of military personnel and their families. However, they are not hacking into sensitive databases or trying to breach Pentagon networks. They are simply looking in locations that are filled of this type of free information: social networking sites and personal Web pages.

April 15, 2010
by Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Connections

To support its global operations, the U.S. Marine Corps is relying on a tactical communications system linked by satellites to theater and national headquarters. Several mobile tactical systems and an innovative space-based networking capability are providing warfighters with reliable, high-bandwidth communications wherever they deploy.

Among the tactical systems fielded by the Corps is the Data Distribution System–Replacement (DDS-R), which is a component of a Marine task force’s tactical data network. It consists of a mobile gateway and a DDS providing a local area network that extends Ethernet capability to the tactical edge. The DDS-R is a replacement for the Marine Corps’ first generation equipment.

April 15, 2010
by Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

April 15, 2010
by Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Connections

Turkey’s military, having embraced network-enabled capability as its basis, is looking to its own industry to provide the necessary technologies to lead the country’s forces deep into this decade. As with other modern militaries, Turkey’s armed forces are modernizing amid global economic difficulties and increasingly diverse security commitments.

April 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Dramatic changes are swirling around tactical ground communications. These offer many opportunities, even as they are sure to leave frustrated soldiers in harm’s way carrying too much weight, with too little spectrum and not enough interoperability. Overcoming these obstacles is industry’s purview, and it can make a difference.

April 15, 2010

Wireless Microwave Technology

April 15, 2010

April 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

A U.S. soldier sets up a satellite communications antenna for voice and data tactical communications during rescue and relief efforts in Haiti. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is restructuring its infosphere to allow users at the edge to access and share the information that they need in the form that they want.

April 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman and Maryann Lawlor

 

Gen. James E. Cartwright, USMC, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, describes the changes driving the new Quadrennial Defense Review at West 2010.

Every type of sociological, economic and military transformation is creating exponentially greater uncertainties.

April 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Capt. John Helm, USMC, operations officer for Marine Aviation Training Systems Site (MATSS) Iwakuni, Japan, prepares for take-off in the F/A-18D Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) 37.

Trainer offers much-needed concurrency updates while new processes promise future advantages.

April 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2010
By Col. George Franz, USA; Lt. Col. David Pendall, USA; and Lt. Col. Jeffery Steffen, USA, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2010
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is in the final stages of planning and executing its Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) move from Arlington, Virginia, to Fort Meade, Maryland. Our nation remains at war, with a surge occurring in Afghanistan and pending withdrawal being planned and prepared in Iraq. The recently published Quad- rennial Defense Review will drive a course change in critical defense domains.

April 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Fuel is now the network’s newest tracking target; others to follow.

With fuel serving as the ammunition of the mobile force, the Defense Information Systems Agency has created a new capability that allows logisticians to track and manage different types of this valuable resource. A new version of the agency’s Web-based Global Combat Support System-Joint has been deployed to fulfill this top priority of the U.S. Central Command J-4.

April 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2010
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The 67,000-ton aircraft carrier Varyag, purchased by China after the collapse of the Soviet Union, may serve as a carrier training platform until China commissions its new indigenous carriers, which may take place around 2014.

April 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The hands-free MilTrans Voice Response Translator (VRT) allows U.S. Marines to conduct operations and question locals in 52 different languages. The device has a voice-cued menu that allows warfighters to ask specific questions in the appropriate local dialect.

Commercial kit provides commander with equipment options.