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December 2010

Did You Read Your STIG Today?

December 22, 2010

Even if people try to practice sound information assurance, it is often difficult to keep up with some of the policies and procedures because technology moves at such a fast pace. This is true not only in military, government and private sector settings, but also in our own homes. Often network intrusions are not due to malicious or negligent actions, but to lack of understanding of what needs to be done. That’s where Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) come in.

U.S. Marine Corps Modernization Outpaces Navy

December 22, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The conventional wisdom—and common joke—is that the U.S. Marine Corps receives used-up, hand-me-down equipment passed along from the Navy and Army. But that proved not to be the case during the recently completed Navy-Marine Corps exercise Bold Alligator 2011. In fact, the Marine Corps brought to the exercise more modern information technology systems than the Navy, which created interoperability problems and delays in providing critical information to commanders.

One Tiny Satellite, One Big Change for Space

December 16, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The first satellite built by the U.S. Army in more than five decades launched last week, ushering in a new phase of space use for the military branch.

New Products

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

Threat Detector

A new Surveillance Detection System (SDS) capable of near real-time, 360-degree detection of optical threats identifies when friendly forces are being monitored or targeted by cameras, binoculars, sniper scopes or other optical means. The system was recently demonstrated on a U.S. government test range and successfully completed field testing over the past year. The SDS can be adapted to meet specific customer needs, including tracking of counter-surveillance; snipers; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and improvised explosive devices. It also provides the range and Global Positioning System location threats in a prioritized database built on real-time target interrogations.

The SDS design combines advanced sensing and processing components in a compact, lightweight and environmentally rugged package.

Autonomous Biodetection

Military Jumps on the Tube

December 15, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Troops now have a secure means to share videos. With the unveiling of milTube, the latest addition to milSuite, the military work force no longer needs to turn to YouTube—a practice the higher echelons frown upon—to share training or professional development clips.

Artificial Intelligence Advances in Military Ranks

December 15, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

A groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) project seeks to have sensors accepting and transmitting information in a method similar to the human brain.

Homefront Help

December 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between. In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom. Programs that provide services are listed in red. Opportunities for the public to reach out to service members are listed in blue. Each program description includes a link to the organization's website, when available.

Operation Mend

Military members injured in combat who need reconstructive limb or face surgery, or help overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder, can take advantage of Operation Mend's treatment and follow-up support to find the care they need. The partnership is an effort among the Ronald Reagan University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, the San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly BrookeArmyMedicalCenter) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs–Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Procedures and counseling are provided at the UCLA facility, which U.S. News and World Report ranked as one of the top five hospitals in the country on its 2010 honor roll.

Strategy Boosts Combat Decision-Making Capability

December 9, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Air Combat Command is offering an information-sharing approach and visualization tool to facilitate decision making based on knowledge rather than available technology. As this strategy moves out, it will affect not only the U.S. Air Force but also the U.S. Defense Department and industry.

Military Releases Early C2 Data Standards

December 2, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

U.S. military command and control (C2) systems developers are closer to enhanced interoperability after the release of C2 Core Version 1.0 in October. The core is an open, Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based data exchange standard developed by the C2 community for capability implementation. These data standards change the current approach to military-systems design that results in unique interfaces, often with multiple standards for similar data, for each information exchange.

Maneuver in the Global Commons—The Cyber Dimension

December 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Much has been written about maneuver in various domains of conflict—land, sea and air. As in many other fields, the thinking owes much to the late Col. John Boyd, USAF, who is well known for his concept of the OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act), and who contributed materially to thinking about maneuver warfare vice attrition warfare.


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