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September 2011

Testing Unmanned Technologies

September 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Quantico, Virginia, is planning the biggest evaluation yet of its concept for networking unmanned platforms—including sensors, aircraft and ground vehicles—and controlling them with a Common Robotic Controller (CRC).

Education Foundation: Learning Never Ceases

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Education is an AFCEA International core value. For students, teachers and professionals, AFCEA provides opportunities for furthering their education in technical training, leadership development, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

AFCEA Introduces TechNet Land Forces

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

To bring solutions and ideas closer to centers of expertise, AFCEA International will offer three new regional events in 2012.

Lt. Col. Joseph “Jay” Rose, USA (Ret.): Smoothing the Road to Progress

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Lt. Col. Joseph “Jay” Rose, USA (Ret.), says he wouldn’t change anything about his life, but his service in the military and techno-savvy contributions to AFCEA’s Tampa-St. Petersburg Pelican Chapter certainly have changed the lives of many others.

The Bottom Line: What is This Business About Apps?

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

How can the companies that develop everything from information security solutions to rugged cases capture buyer attention in the same way that app developers have?

FCC Seeks to Measure Impact of VoIP Outages

September 9, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of a rulemaking process for Docket No. 11-82, which would extend the commission’s rules under Part 4 of the Communications Act to telecommunications networks based on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology, and broadband networking services provided by Internet service providers (ISPs).

Army's Talking Technology

September 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

Military officials in Afghanistan cite the language barrier as one of the most vexing communications obstacles in the battlefield environment. It is a challenge, for example, for U.S. warfighters to communicate effectively with their coalition partners or with the Afghanistan National Security Forces, especially if they are talking over tactical radios during combat chaos. More critical still is the need for warfighters to communicate effectively with Afghan citizens and leaders at all levels.

About Face

September 2011
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

One mandate of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 was creation of the Information Technology Architecture. In subsequent 1999 guidance, the Federal Chief Information Officers Council defined the Federal Enterprise Architecture as the process for developing, maintaining and facilitating the implementation of integrated systems.

Weaving an Airborne Web

September 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Air Force is clearing the air for advanced networking as it takes its next step into cyberspace exploitation. A unified effort aims to improve battlespace information sharing along with active cyberoperations, both offensive and defensive.

Materially Altering Technology

September 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

A research project funded by the U.S. Air Force and taking place among academics in Texas is advancing a new class of metamaterials that could open up a range of applications for defense requirements. By finding new methods for creating synthetic compounds, scientists believe they can develop nanomaterials with properties better suited for products such as electronics than anything found in nature.

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