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September 2010

Protecting Your Own

September 2010

A soldier in harm’s way has no greater ally than other soldiers watching his or her back. That trust is the key component of a good unit. Usually, the bond of trust that only members of the military share is built during training and missions. That trust is priceless in theater, but what about other environments? Dark alleys, sketchy neighborhoods, the bleachers of an away game – soldiers have that covered. But, who has your back in cyber space?

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.

Employers Dig E-Deep

September 15, 2010
By Joe Dysart, SIGNAL Connections

While anecdotes abound about job opportunities lost over something posted online, new research reveals that the risk is greater than previously known. One survey revealed that 70 percent of recruiters have eliminated a candidate based on online text, photos or videos.

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.

Technology Provides Greater Leaps Forward for China

September 15, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Connections

Advances in cyberspace and missile technology are extending China’s military reach.

Air and Missile Defense Prototype System Arrives

September 15, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

The U.S. Army received a prototype that will eventually integrate current and future air and missile defense capabilities into one overall command and control (C2) system.

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