February 2012

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.

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.

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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).

February 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

No man may be an island, but each U.S. military base may become an energy island if a joint project among the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department comes to fruition.

February 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Future command and control systems may have agility serving as the foundation for their success. Changes in missions, enabling technologies and threats are altering the landscape for command and control capabilities at all levels of military operations.

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs have launched an effort to combine their two electronic health record systems into one. This integrated Electronic Health Record will track medical care from the day military members join the service through the rest of their lives.

February 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

A little-known U.S. Army site at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is developing software to resolve data sharing issues between the three New Jersey nuclear power facilities and the state’s data fusion center in West Trenton—information sharing that would be critical in case of a nuclear disaster. The nuclear power plants and the state’s data fusion hub use two different decision support systems that are incapable of sharing data.

February 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

It is no secret that the Pentagon process for acquiring technology can be a long, cumbersome slog. But sometimes warfighters need something, and they need it now to save lives or gain an advantage over the enemy. In those cases--hundreds of cases--the rapid acquisition process can deliver capabilities weeks, months or even years quicker than the traditional routine.

February 2012
By Lt. Col. Scott Harrison, USAR, SIGNAL Magazine

The path to achieving the vital goal of coalition interoperability may require abandoning longtime networking tenets in favor of a data-centric or knowledge management approach.

February 2012
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

The adoption of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) has opened up new opportunities for reducing information technology costs. Now, the U.S. Defense Department must enter this option into its planning.

February 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

The Department of Homeland Security is adapting intelligence community tools to facilitate information sharing among its diverse elements. These include social media-based successes as well as information fusion centers across the nation.

February 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

In the next two years, federal officials plan to unveil a new means for providing emergency information to the U.S. public.

February 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

I don’t think anyone would argue with my notion that we live in a dangerous world and that, no matter where you live, there are significant threats to national and regional security.

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