June 2011

June 29, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Malware threats for mobile and messaging environments are increasing quickly, evolving in sophistication and functionality at a pace that eclipses PC-based malware, according to a report by McAfee Labs. Malicious programs for Android have become especially prevalent; historically, only two other operating systems have more malware.

June 20, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

New technology capabilities are driving agency goals.

Integrating the network and defending it against cyberattacks are among the top priorities in the new Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) 2011-2012 Campaign Plan. The plan, released this morning, focuses on requirements and opportunities facing the information agency.

June 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

June 15, 2011
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is asking companies not only to create better keyboard-tethered 3-D imaging platforms but also to bring analysts into the 3-D world through kinesthetic interaction with imagery taken from above areas of interest. The goal is to improve digital signal processing to make 3-D coordinate-under-cursor capabilities such as overlapping images into one image. In addition, the agency wants the ability to create one complete image using information received from several platforms regardless of sensor location and preferably with video and still picture capabilities.

June 15, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Connections

June 14, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Digital-data investigators have a new tool in their arsenals as they try to capture bad guys' information before they can harm others. The device enables immediate, on-scene triage of devices, eliminating the need to send equipment back to a laboratory while saving precious time and resources.

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

Wearable Tactical System

June 6, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

At a time when almost all of government is being squeezed by efforts to lower spending, a new report from a congressional watchdog agency strongly suggests that the Defense Department needs to do a better job of managing its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. 

June 9, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Army is introducing its first fully immersive virtual simulation program for dismounted soldiers and small tactical units. The Dismounted Soldier Training System will provide virtual environments for soldiers to increase combat preparedness and reduce traditional training expenses. And the system’s advanced graphics and tools utilize video game elements and skills already familiar to young soldiers.

June 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

An electromagnetic railgun developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) pumps 33 megajoules of energy to fire a projectile at several times the speed of sound. The ONR is working on new power systems that would enable surface warships to carry railguns capable of hitting targets more than 200 nautical miles distant.

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

 
A week ago, I spent three nights in the hospital with my 17-year-old son, who was suffering from severe headaches and uncontrolled nausea.

June 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The global security community has never had a greater need for training and education—or needed more help.

June 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

One of the Army’s virtual training simulators allows warfighters to practice escaping from a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.

Cutting-edge technology delivers more bang for the troops.

June 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Virtual Afghanistan virtual reality tool enables soldiers to immerse themselves into simulated dangerous environments as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Superheroes and genuine heroes benefit from U.S. Army-funded research.

June 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The U.S. Army’s Soldier 2030 concept includes this futuristic look for the infantry soldier. Research being done at the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies supports the vision for a lightweight uniform offering a wide array of soldier protection capabilities.

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