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West 2012 Featured

Sailors Simultaneously See Same Fleet Readiness Data

December 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Navy is in the midst of a revolution in its systems that eventually will connect information among the command and control, combat, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance realms. Not only does the effort introduce new technology, it also marks a deviation from previous development and acquisition cycles in an effort to roll out tools faster. Proving the value of the technology, sailors in the fleet are clamoring for the prototype even as developers work to transition the pieces into programs of record.

NGEN Race Heats Up

December 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Cost, security and the transition from the existing network to a new one are the top criteria for determining which company wins the contract for the U.S. Navy’s successor to the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet. The Next Generation Enterprise Network, which is estimated will cost the Navy several billion dollars, would take a different contracting approach than its predecessor. This difference is only one of the departures from precedent that characterize the new network.

Navy Amasses Digital Armada

December 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Navy is operationalizing cyber throughout the service as it reconfigures both its force and its overarching network. The goal is to pull cyber operations out of the corner and into the middle of daily force activities as part of the Navy’s information dominance mission.

Parsing China's Fourth Fleet

November 2011
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine

The People's Liberation Army Navy has at its disposal a variety of boats and ships for use in littoral waters. They are organized under separate maritime agencies that carry out specific missions officially similar to their counterparts in other countries. Yet, despite their diverse nature, these vessels together constitute an unofficial fourth fleet for the Middle Kingdom's navy.

Battlefield to Ball Field

November 2011
By Rita Boland

Love of the game has inspired athletes through the ages to overcome adversity and reach new heights. But their efforts pale in comparison to that of a group of veterans determined to continue playing despite life-altering amputations. Already proven to be men of commitment by their decisions to serve their country, the members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will settle for nothing less than competing at or near their pre-war levels, refusing any excuses or low expectations.

China's Phantom Fleet

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.

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