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February 2012

Military Alters Process for Industry IR&D Funding

February 22, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Defense Department has released a new rule in which major contractors--defined as organizations whose covered segments allocated a total of more than $11 million in independent research and development (IR&D) and bid and proposal (B&P) costs to covered contracts during the preceding fiscal year--must enter project information into the Defense Innovation Marketplace for costs to be allowable. This regulation aims to create better communication between what the military needs and where companies invest their funding.

2013 Budget Proposal Reflects Change, Realities

February 13, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

As expected, President Obama's fiscal year 2013 defense budget request reflects significant changes in the force structure of the military, adjustments in major weapons systems, and a proposal for two consecutive rounds of base realignment and closure (BRAC).

AFCEA Personality Profile: Lt. Col. Jay Kanavos, USAF (Ret.)

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Lt. Col. Jay Kanavos, USAF (Ret.), brings two totally opposite perspectives to his participation in AFCEA’s Lexington-Concord Chapter: from the air and from the ground.

AFCEA Launches First TechNet Land Forces Event

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

“Operating and Defending the Cyberspace: Tomorrow’s Playbook” is the theme of the first of the TechNet Land Forces trio of events that have evolved from the previous LandWarNet conference.

The Bottom Line: Acquisition Tied in a Gordian Knot

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

An interesting conversation on the AFCEA LinkedIn Group illustrates how complicated government procurement has become.

Know Your AFCEA Benefits: Extensive Scholarship Program

February 15, 2012
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA International is dedicated to academics through the AFCEA Educational Foundation, which offers awards, scholarships and grants.

Diplomacy Wins the Day for Alliance Ground Surveillance System

February 10, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A flurry of diplomatic activity in recent months and the intervention of high-level Pentagon officials helped the NATO nations to move forward on the Alliance Ground Surveillance system. The surveillance system is designed to provide commanders with a more comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground.

The Last Cyber Warrior

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

When it comes down to it, you — yes, you — are the last line of cyber defense against the endless hordes of cyber criminals, terrorists and foreign agents. Digital technology now touches almost every living person and as time moves on its reach will only continue to grow. With technology reaching us all and being incorporated into more parts of our daily lives, you can no longer rely on someone else to protect you. Whether it is defending your data at work, or defending your personal data at home, being an effective cyber defender is a continuous responsibility.

Chertoff Urges DHS Focus on Domestic Intelligence

February 3, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says he believes a forthcoming period of budget restrictions should provide the impetus for the DHS to shift its intelligence efforts away from overseas threats and focus instead on domestic security.

SPAWAR Selects Winning Bidder for CANES Design

February 2, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, has selected Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation to develop and produce the Navy's next-generation tactical afloat network, Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).

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