May 2011

May 31, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Thousands of chat rooms create confusion in the battle zone.

May 26, 2011

The following is a public service announcment regarding public wireless networks.

 

May 25, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The once-cancelled spacecraft gains new life with a new mission.

May 16, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

May 16, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

The battle against damage to equipment from sand and dust has gained ground with the unveiling of the first device that simulates exposure to both in a single chamber. Aptly named Desert Wind, the tool enables real-time, repeatable tests on equipment to determine the effects of temperature, humidity, and sand and dust concentration. It also simulates dust, sand and wind speeds up to and exceeding 65 miles per hour.

May 18, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

One hundred teams from around the country gathered in Virginia last week to compete in the ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals. The event gives students in seventh through 12th grades the chance to experience math and science in action with the hope that practical application will encourage them to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their higher education and careers.

May 13, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Other nations lined up to connect to history’s most expansive combat network.

On Sunday, France became the fifth nation to officially join the Afghan Mission Network, the system used by NATO nations and coalition forces to conduct warfighting operations in Afghanistan. France now will be able to fully share information with other nations, including such data as human intelligence and full-motion video.

May 16, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

May 16, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Firebird Spycraft

May 2011
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

The transition to cloud computing must be evolutionary and carefully planned.

One would not transport a tribe from the Amazon jungle to an apartment house in Chicago and expect life to continue as before. One also would not lift thousands of applications that populate the U.S. Defense Department’s network and place them into clouds and expect no operations to be interrupted during the transition.

May 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Air Force remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) flies over the desert in this artist’s concept. Increasingly capable RPAs will constitute a significant number of aircraft in the future Air Force arsenal.

Seat of the pants may give way to fit of the chip.

May 2, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Anti-submarine warfare tactics developed by anonymous gamers today could be part of the “brains” of an unmanned, autonomous enemy sub tracker now under development for the U.S. Navy.

May 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

May 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

May 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

[Editor’s Note: This is the first of two articles based on interviews with U.S. Marines while they were deployed in Afghanistan. The second piece will run in the June edition of SIGNAL.]

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

 
With our military stretched among three fronts, our volunteer force is bearing a tremendous burden of OPTEMPO, reduced budgets and political posturing. A recent experience I had with our disabled veterans highlighted the reasons why we do what we do. It may be a good reminder to us all.

May 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Mind’s Eye program takes intelligence gathering to the next level. The system would be placed on an unmanned ground vehicle or on a pole, would recognize certain activity, then determine if the actions are suspicious. Fifteen research teams are tasked with creating visual intelligence that can interpret 48 verbs.

May 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

May 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Throughout history, armed forces have faced the challenge of working together effectively. In the United States, the Defense Department has been working to make joint operations more effective since the origins of its armed forces, but the government institutionalized joint requirements in 1986 with the introduction of the Goldwater-Nichols Act. In Europe, NATO was created in the wake of World War II, built on the premise that the member nations were stronger together than individually and that an integrated joint approach was necessary.

May 2011
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Maj. Gen. Wang Junli, PLA (l), Hong Kong military garrison deputy commander, presents a model of China’s new 056 corvette to Hong Kong University Vice-Chancellor Lap-Chee Tsui. The corvette represents a new littoral capability for the PLA Navy.

Advanced ship technologies now will help patrol littoral waters.

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