March 2011

March 30, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Members of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) deployed a novel tool to Afghanistan last month, giving warfighters the ability to combine Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities with Google Earth. The resource enhances situational awareness and information sharing, and developers intend it to assist with planning efforts. Though only available on the classified network now, plans are underway to create an unclassified version as well.

March 16, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Implications for a recently certified forensics camera may be greater than they appear. 

March 23, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

U.S. Marines will not leave landlines behind. 

March 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

March 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

March 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Chem-Bio Contingency Planner

March 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

From identifying the enemy to understanding an anti-missile system and tracking emotional health after deployment: there’s an app for that. Commercial smart phone capabilities have found their way into the classroom and the battlefield, and the U.S. Army’s Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications initiative is using pilot programs to determine how these mobile platforms will change the way soldiers communicate and access information in the next 10 years.

March 2, 2011
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A memorandum to federal officials about information sharing during government acquisition processes is opening the lines of communication between agencies and vendors. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo includes guidelines for comprehensive communication plans, awareness campaigns, education modules and discussion forums, all of which aim at facilitating dialogue.

March 11, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Dual-use U.S. technology may be improving other nations’ militaries as a result of efforts by foreign technology workers in the United States, according to a U.S. government report. U.S. government agencies should tighten their processes and monitoring of visas and foreign workers’ access to controlled technologies, the report recommends.

March 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Platoon Sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Frank Reddish, USA, of 1st Platoon, Able Company, 1st Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment (1-27 IN), leads his platoon in clearing a known enemy mortar position prior to the change of command ceremony between the 3rd and 4th infantry divisions.

March 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The space shuttle Discovery blasts off in a rare night launch last year. With the end of the shuttle program this year, NASA is hoping to build a commercial capability for launching people into low earth orbit.

NASA is betting that industry can build a space transportation infrastructure.

March 2011
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

Careful planning can cut costs and offer other benefits.

March 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

March 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

"Not only are the Infantry Immersion Trainers our newest training capabilities, they are also our knowledge base for creating mixed reality, immersive training environments."

March 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

March 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

NASA and General Motors have developed the next-generation dexterous humanoid robot. Called Robonaut2, the android was designed to use the same tools as humans so it can work safely next to humans on Earth and in space.

Draft road maps are first step toward outreach and transparency.

March 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

As you know, AFCEA’s primary mission is to promote effective and ethical communication among government, industry and academia. We help inform government on the capabilities that exist in industry to meet its needs, and we help inform industry of government requirements so it can plan investments in research and development and product and service advancement. Recently, we have received several requests to help government obtain visibility of capabilities in industry and academia, large and small, within specific priority areas of interest.

March 2011
By Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), SIGNAL Magazine

 
For the past 15 years, my family has been in an ongoing love-hate relationship with our 110-year-old historic New Orleans home, and we recently decided it finally was time to do “the big one” and renovate it. Do we move out or do we live with the mess? Can we still operate with some sanity and functionality in the house while we’re making the changes? What about our budget, managing the architecture and requirements of historic preservation?

March 2011
By Adam Baddeley, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Israel’s TecSAR 1 satellite has been operating since 2008. TecSAR II is slated for launch in the near future.

A steady program is producing valuable results.

March 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sgt. Sean Cain, USMC, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, performs a radio check during a security patrol in Afghanistan.

Top information technology officer tackles network challenges for the Corps.

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