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November 2011

U.S. Space Program Is Alive and Ambitious

November 30, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

NASA's final space shuttle mission did not mark the end of U.S. space travel. Instead, scientists and engineers now have their sights set on exploring deeper into the solar system with plans to enable trips to Mars and asteroids. A plethora of projects are testing how to supply the food, liquids and fuel necessary for such journeys.

Intelligence Confronts Catastrophic Cuts in Doomsday Budget Scenario

November 17, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. intelligence community faces the possibility of devastating budget cuts if the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction does not reach an agreement by November 23, 2011. The community is not ready for the massive reductions that would be imposed if that congressional committee fails to reach agreement, says a senior defense official.

An Alternative Approach to Implementing New Technology

November 28, 2011

Here’s an interesting look into the inner workings of international cyber criminals by virtue of covertly recorded conversation snippets. The characteristics of similar processes in Western governments, particularly here in the United States, are well known because they are described in detail in the media. Our processes exist to provide accountability, budget constraint, quality assurance and fair competition. The bad guys have a slightly different take on how to go about things.

Pushing MANETs to the Spear's Tip

November 14, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Coast Guard 1st District is making plans to extend its network of disparate yet connected radio frequencies down to its front lines. If all goes according to plan, the smaller, lighter technology could make its way into the vests of boarding-team leaders, giving them the ability to connect with higher headquarters via not only voice, but also full-motion video and videoteleconferencing.

The Bottom Line: Meeting Mania

November 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Every meeting should have a specific objective: make a decision, plan a strategy or brainstorm ideas.

Know Your AFCEA Benefits: Chapter Participation

November 15, 2011
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

Chapter participation helps individuals and organizations interact with the entire AFCEA International network.

AFCEA Personality Profile: Colleen Dilly

November 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Leadership, mentoring, networking and fundraising—just a handful of the skills that helped Colleen Dilly achieve success both in her career and in her position with the Central Maryland Chapter.

Improved Cloud Over the Horizon for Warfighters

November 10, 2011
George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

U.S. Army officials are planning improvements to the Army’s mobile cloud computing platform commonly used in Afghanistan. The next version of the Battle Command Common Services (BCCS) system will mark the Army’s first attempt to align the cloud platform with the Common Operating Environment. It will improve interoperability between the operations and intelligence communities, ultimately improving situational awareness for warfighters.

TechNet Asia-Pacific 2011 Online Show Daily: Day 2

November 3, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

It may take a village of computer experts to build the next generation of networks as access, identification, applications and security concerns weigh heavily on planners and managers alike.

Space Launches Open to New Competitors

November 2, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office and the U.S. Air Force have created a coordinated strategy for certifying commercial launch vehicles to send their payloads into space, including Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle missions.

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