January 2012

January 26, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta today offered the first glimpse into changes in store for the U.S. military that will come to pass if the president's 2013 Pentagon budget is approved by Congress. Those changes include reductions for two major branches of the military, adjustments in some major weapons systems, and asking Congress for authorization to begin a new round of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

January 26, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Where Day 1 of West 2012 in San Diego focused on the inevitability of defense budget cuts, Day 2 broke down some of the disciplines that will be the focal point of difficult decisions in the coming months. Capabilities ranging from information security to nuclear submarines came under expert scrutiny as speakers and panelists tried to anticipate the changes that lie ahead and offer solutions to the challenges that are emerging.

January 25, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

West 2012 Online Show Daily: Day 1

Quote of the day: “It’s going to be a very grim picture if that occurs—very grim.”—Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, USN, director, the Joint Staff, discussing proposed draconian defense budget cuts.

January 23, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Army deployed four large unmanned ground systems to Afghanistan earlier this month to assess their ability to lighten the load for combat troops.

January 18, 2012
By Rita Cooper, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

With the military's current mandates to increase efficiencies, virtualization offers multiple benefits to the armed forces. Projects underway at the National Security Agency are advancing its use, but the government needs to reconcile security requirements with available capabilities before warfighters enjoy the full benefit of the technology.

January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The talents Eric Schneider brings to AFCEA all started with making extra money as a disc jockey in this family’s nightclubs in south Florida, where he also helped bands set up and ran the sound board for them. Now, he’s the go-to person in the Montgomery Chapter whenever audio-visual assistance is needed.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

This crazy mixture of digital natives and digital immigrants has everyone flummoxed. Throw into this mix the roles of buyers and sellers.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The AFCEA Educational Foundation and Cypherpath LLC have partnered to offer cybersecurity courses that address needs recently identified by a U.S. House of Representatives task force on the topic.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The AFCEA Educational Foundation and Cypherpath LLC have partnered to offer cybersecurity courses that address needs recently identified by a U.S. House of Representatives task force on the topic.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA members who want to take the AFCEA Source Book with them everywhere can now download it for easy access on their laptop or tablet computers.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

To help prepare for upcoming AFCEA conferences, SIGNAL Media now offers a single e-place[ML1] to find event details, ongoing news coverage, social media feeds and local area attractions.

January 17, 2012
By Diane Dellen, SIGNAL Connections

Now comprising more than 2,000 organizations, AFCEA’s corporate membership program is growing both in the United States and internationally.

January 10, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

With the new year only a few days old, one of the information technology industry's biggest security firms is out with its annual predictions of the top cybersecurity threats for 2012. David Marcus, director of security research with McAfee Labs and a principal co-author of the study, says threats against industrial and industry networks top the list.

January 2012
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

A smartphone that engages in conversations is the next perturbation that will dictate how the U.S. Defense Department needs to revise its information management practices. The effects of this new technology will reverberate from individual communications protocols all the way to data architectures.

January 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

Top U.S. military officials are warning that the current fiscal crisis is the single biggest threat to the country’s national security. And, the most critical concern facing the United States is ensuring that it has the resources necessary to maintain its security globally—and that it is prepared for the challenges ahead.

January 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

A variation of cloud computing one day could lead to the benefits of the cloud being extended to troops on the battlefield, or to humanitarian relief workers, no matter where they operate. These microclouds would be generated by small computer servers running on devices as small as a high-capacity universal serial bus thumb drive attached to a laptop computer.

January 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

In the coming decade, the mantra of doing more without more could become one of the defining hallmarks of military communications—not only for the United States, but also among the nation’s coalition partners and allies.

January 2012
By Dr. Paul Monticciolo, SIGNAL Magazine

It is undeniable that defense acquisition reform has ushered in a new reality for prime contractors. Firm-fixed-price contract awards, shorter time lines, open-system architectures, the demand for greater value—these are just a few of the game-changing challenges now facing primes.

Janaury 2012
By Michael A. Robinson, SIGNAL Magazine

The international mining community is racing to turn the tables on the People’s Republic of China by challenging its absolute dominance of the market for rare earths, a series of elements in the periodic table critical for the U.S. military’s high-technology communications and weaponry.

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