October 2011

October 26, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A recently released report from researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, predicts an explosion of cell phone threats in the coming months and reveals newly emerging vulnerabilities, including weaknesses in mobile device browsers.

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

A new U.S. Army generator technology is saving fuel and lives in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan. Known as a microgrid, the technology links smart generators to provide the appropriate amount of power when it is needed.

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Corporate membership has doubled in the past five years—now topping 2,000. Corporate members benefit from a high degree of visibility in the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence and information technology military and government arenas.

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Whether opening a browser, checking email or shopping online, two pieces of information are required and should be memorized: username and password.

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Organization and dedication are two steadfast personality traits that have led to Celeste Gushee’s professional success.

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The AFCEA Educational Foundation has launched a program to cultivate the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching profession.

October 13, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Group 4 has reduced its time to process Government Purchase Card acquisitions from months to 3.2 days with a combination of technology and employee involvement. The resulting system not only lessens the time from request submission to purchase completion, it also walks users through processes to eliminate mistakes and can create various reports automatically for a variety of purposes.

October 3, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas has discovered a new way to anticipate the actions of computer viruses, possibly heralding a new generation of tools and strategies to combat malware that attacks networks, servers and individual personal computers.

October 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

From the first graphical user interface to high-definition video streaming over handheld devices, computing has advanced exponentially during the last 30 years. Though the current application space enables individuals or small groups with little capital to become big players, two of Ma Bell’s titan offspring are setting trends as well.

October 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Modern computer software, airborne combat simulation systems and a plethora of advanced Russian surface-to-air radar and missile hardware are melding air forces and ground-based air defense systems into a seamless air combat exercise that simulates ground and air combat. Friends are able to know immediately how their simulated fight against various foes is progressing, and after-action reviews can examine tactics and weapon performance in a multilevel security environment.

October 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is broadening its customer base as well as its capabilities in a new strategy aimed at all levels of potential users. This represents a change in both the nature of defense intelligence and the innovations looming in collection, analysis and dissemination.

October 2011
By Rita Boland and Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

Leaders of the U.S. Army’s cybercommunity have outlined plans for the network of 2020. Reductions in force, cuts to budgets and advances in technology all will play roles in shaping upcoming cyberoperations. The Army also is revolutionizing the way it approaches integration to the network, moving testing out of war zones and into exercises that simulate current battlefield conditions.

October 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

For the leadership of the Defense Information Systems Agency, the opportunity to meet and greet with the contractors and companies that supply mission-critical applications and hardware is vital to their mission. That is why DISA has been holding its Customer and Industry Forum for the last several years.

October 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

The expansion of the U.S. military presence in Guam is increasing the myriad challenges that U.S. forces face in that remote Pacific island. Guam’s location, time difference and tropical climate are significant factors as the U.S. military there grows in both size and importance.

October 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

The longtime, close relationship between the United States and Japan helped facilitate aid to the Asian nation stricken in March by the double blow of a powerful earthquake and a devastating tsunami.

October 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

In a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, Vivek Kundra, former federal chief information officer, made the point that in order to maximize effectiveness and efficiency in information technology (IT), the federal government and supporting industry need to leverage cloud technology and virtualization.

October 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The Australian Defence Department is in the midst of revolutionizing its submarine force with plans to replace its current fleet of six vessels with at least 12 new ones.

October 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

IN 2016, finding critical battlefield data provided by another nation’s unmanned aircraft or other systems may be as easy as locating information now on the World Wide Web.

October 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

Researchers working for the U.S. Defense Department are nearing completion of a six-year project designed to harness brainwaves for imagery analysis, significantly improving the speed and accuracy of identifying critical information. The program brings operational neurotechnology into the realm of imagery analysis via advances in signal processing, human-computer interfaces and groundbreaking neuroscience, with the goal of providing new tools to warfighters.

October 1, 2011
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine

The People's Republic of China's People's Liberation Army Navy has three well-known fleets—the North Sea, East Sea and South Sea fleets. Yet, China boasts another large group of ships that serves the country’s naval objectives but is relatively unknown.