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January 2012

Defense Secretary Outlines 2013 Budget Cuts, Priorities

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.

The Devil Is in the Details for Future Defense Planning

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.

Fiscal Hazards Loom As Significant Threat to U.S. Military Capabilities

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.

 Anyone who wants to know the future of U.S. national security should follow the money, to paraphrase a legendary political saying. However, this money is in the future: the next defense budget, and the burgeoning national debt. One may offer draconian cuts in the military, the other poses a national security threat of its own.

These points were emphasized by a range of speakers and panelists on the first day of West 2012, co-sponsored by AFCEA International and USNI. Being held January 24-26 in San Diego, California, the conference’s usual nautical theme this year has been supplanted by a broad look at the future of the military.

Virtually every speaker warned that if sequestration cuts are allowed to take place, the effect on the military would be devastating. If it is forced to cut $500 billion in addition to the planned $480 billion over 10 years, the military would suffer significant losses in capability. Its ability to carry out its missions probably would be permanently damaged.

Load-Carrying Robot Deploys to Afghanistan

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.

Virtualization: Security Issues and Savings

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.

SIGNAL Media Introduces Dedicated Event Website

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.

Digital AFCEA Source Book Now Available

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.

Agreement Energizes Cybersecurity Education

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.

Agreement Energizes Cybersecurity Education

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.

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